Girls Swimming: Wingers' divers strong against Shakopee
The Red Wing girls swimming team got a strong performance from its divers, but the Wingers could not overcome Shakopee as they fell 95-86 Tuesday night in Shakopee.
On the board, Lydia Miller, Allison Byrne and Emma Streff finished 1-2-3. Miller put up a score of 145.85, while Byrne had 132.25 and Streff finished with 131.50.
“It was a great way for them to start off the year,” said Red Wing head coach Kevin O’Brien. “Lydia was pretty excited to take first place after having to compete with Jes Kolsky in years past. Jess and Lydia were great competitors and great teammates that pushed each other to perform better.”
A big help for O’Brien and the Winger divers has been the addition of former Red Wing swimmer Travis Carlson as the dives coach.
“Travis has done a great job picking up where Carrie (Hansen) left off,” O’Brien said. “He’s helping get the girls going on the right foot and keeping the experienced divers challenged while instructing the new divers on the basics.”
Elsewhere in the pool, Ashley Thompson took first-places finish in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 28.71 seconds, and in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.04.
Nina Kriese also took a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle at 6:08.46, and the 400 freestyle relay of Claire King, Kriese, Kelly Colwell and Polina Duchelle placed first at 4:17.05.
Red Wing hosts Farmington on Sept. 5 at Twin Bluff Middle School.