Swimmers see improving times, scores

The New Prague High School swim and dive team has been hard at work the past few weeks. The team has competed in meets at Waconia, Farmington and Shakopee and hosted Chanhassen.

            The Trojans will host Red Wing Thursday, Oct. 3, at the TCU pool, and travel to Chaska for a meet Thursday, Oct. 10, at Chaska Middle School East.


Wildcats 98, Trojans 78

            The girls competed very well at Waconia Tuesday, Sept. 10. Ashley Nye had her personal best in diving that night. Lilly Schulte added two more events to her long list of section qualifications.


Tigers 98, Trojans 76

            The Trojans had many personal bests at the Farmington meet, with the girls dropping times each meet. Sarah Helvick, a seventh grader,  qualified for sections in the 100 breaststroke.


Storm 98, Trojans 76

            Chanhassen is a top-notch opponent with a strong team. 

            “We had many best times and a few more athletes qualified for sections,” Coach Jennifer Ongie-Jindra said. Abby Sirek qualified for her 100 Butterfly, her freestyle is looking stronger than ever too, so we are looking forward to her performance in her freestyle events coming up also.

            Ellen Popple, new to diving this year, completed her first six-dive list and performed very well.

            Britin Thomsen is adding increased difficulty to her diving list as are the others, including Bella Schulte, who is improving her swim times  well as attaining higher scores for her diving.


Sabers def Trojans

            Britin Thomsen won diving with a personal best score of 233.25. Ashley Nye had an outstanding performance and placed second.

            Seventh grader Sarah Helvick made her section cuts in the 500 Freestyle and placed first. Jewel Luckow, an eighth grader, took second place in the 100 backstroke and made her section cut.


St. Peter Invitational

            New Prague placed fourth of four teams in the St. Peter Invitational Saturday, Sept. 28.

            St. Peter won the meet with 556 points, followed by Mankato East with 391, Bloomington Kennedy 248 and New Prague 194.

            Thomsen placed first in diving with a score of 360.20 with an 11-dive list. Nye was fifth with a personal best score.

            There were also strong performances by Bella Schulte, Madison Reinke, and Ellen Popple in diving.

            Top swimming performances: Sydney Anderson placed sixth in the 50 Freestyle with a 28.93; Lilly Schulte was among the athletes from New Prague to take home some hardware, she placed third in the 100 Butterfly, and Tierra Andersen, a seventh grader, is performing strong and consistently giving the team some depth, and we are anxious to see her perform over the next few years to come.

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