Melanie Deutsch qualifies for state diving meet

New Prague High School diver Melanie Deutsch placed fourth at the Section 1A meet last week in Austin and qualified for the Class A State Swimming and Diving Meet, to be held next week at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Preliminaries for the diving competition will be Monday, Nov. 20, at noon, with the finals starting at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Deutsch becomes the third New Prague High School athlete in five years to qualify for the state meet in diving. Hannah Kick-now an assistant coach for the Trojan squad-qualified in 2002, and her sister, Heidi Kick did the same in 2004.

Red Wing dominates

As expected, Red Wing dominated the Section 1A meet. The Wingers, who already have captured the state True Team championship, are favored to win the Class A championship next week. Red Wing had 541.4 points, nearly 200 points ahead of second place Mankato West, which had 346. Northfield was third at 300.5, followed by Albert Lea (235), Austin (235), St. Peter (198), Mankato East (150.5), Waseca (61) and New Prague (59).

Meet results:

200 Medley Relay: disqualified

200 Freestyle: 26th - Jayme Prokes (2:53.17)

50 Freestyle: 26th - Alicia Jirik (:28.75); 29th - Erin Hammes (:29.28)

Diving: 4th - Melanie Deutsch (288.10)* State Qualifier

100 Freestyle: 27th - Baer (1:08.26)

500 Freestyle: 22nd - Prokes (8:07.62)

200 Freestyle relay: 8th - Hammes, Katie Trewartha, Jamie Beckius, Jirik (1:58.29)

100 Backstroke: 19th - Baer (1:16.92)

100 Breaststroke: 26th - Trewartha (1:26.00)

400 Freestyle relay: 8th - Hammes, Baer, Trewartha, Jirik (4:36.01)

Awards

Team members voted on several team awards. They are:

MVP - Melanie Deutsch

Most Improved - Anni Rezac

Most Dedicated - Alicia Jirik

Rookie of the year - Ashley Morris

Captains for the 2007 Trojans will be Alicia Jirik and Ashley Morris

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