Albany’s four-lane pool no problem for Milaca swimmers

There aren’t too many four-lane swimming pools around.

Albany has one and Milaca girls swimming and diving co-coaches Jen Burroughs and Joe Wenner have to do some things differently when the Wolves face the Huskies at Albany.

“Swimming at Albany is always a bit different,” said Wenner. “The four-lane pool changes the way we would normally have our lineup.

“One of our strengths is our depth but at Albany there are just two entries in each event which can make things pretty tight.”

The Wolves handled the challenge very well Thursday, Sept. 26, as they scored a 59-43 dual meet victory.

“We had many good efforts at Albany but the one that stood out for me was our one-two finish in the 200-yard freestyle which really sealed the victory,” said Wenner. “We coaches are very pleased that our swimmers continue to drop time in their events.

“The divers are also improving. This shows us that the team’s hard work at practice is paying off.”

The team of juniors Ashley Cassens, Rachel Airhart, Tara Airhart and senior Sarah Forker won the 200 freestyle relay at Albany in 1:47.93 while the team of senior Leah Crain, seventh-grader Chloe Hendrickson, junior Hannah Johnson and seventh-grader Breanna Mehwerth placed second in 1:54.80.

The team of Crain, Tara Airhart, Forker and Cassens placed second in the 200 medley relay in 2:08.92, with Albany placing first in 2:05.57.

The unit of Cassens, Johnson, Hendrickson and Forker won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:07.23.

Other highlights for the Wolves included:

-Hendrickson’s first place in the 200 individual medley in 2:37.5.

-Forker’s first place (26.30) and Rachel Airhart’s second place (27.47) in the 50 freestyle.

-Junior BryAnna Paulson’s first place (215.70 points) and junior Allison Rogers’ second place (142.0) in diving.

-Tara Airhart’s first place (101.05) and Cassens’ second place (101.85) in the 100 freestyle.

-Senior Ori Scherer’s second place in the 200 freestyle in 2:24.02.

-Crain’s second place in the 100 backstroke in 116.67.

-Tara Airhart’s second place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.41. Albany’s Carina Achman was first in 1:18.38.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Milaca topped Princeton

98-86 in a Granite Ridge dual at Princeton.

The Wolves opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay as Crain, Tara Airhart, Forker and Cassens posted a time of 2:10.13.

Other highlights included:

-Hendrickson’s first place in the 200 individual medley in 2:37.41.

-A 1-2-3 sweep in the 50 freestyle as Forker was first in 26.81, Cassens was second in 28:54 and Johnson was third in 30.06.

-Scherer’s first place in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.66.

-First place in the 200 freestyle relay as Cassens, Rachel Airhart, Tara Airhart and Forker had a time of 1:51.88.

-Tara Airhart’s first place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.59.

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