Trojan swimmers striving for improvement

The New Prague Trojan girls swimming and diving team is off to a great start to its season, according to coach Jennifer Ongie-Jindra.

            “We are dropping time each meet and our divers are improving their scores as well,” the coach noted.

            “Britin Thomsen is wowing everyone with her fabulous style on the board. Ashley Nye, Bella Schulte, Madison Reinke, and Braelie Thomsen are rounding out our varsity very well,” Ongie-Jindra continued.

            The team had a large group of middle school athletes join  since the beginning of the season, and they are improving their times each meet.

            “We are going to try some new events with the seasoned athletes to see what they can do getting out of their comfort zone,” Ongie-Jindra said.

            Schulte has made three section cuts already this year in the 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly.

            Ongie-Jindra noted Kasey Bartyzal has been the team’s “Amazon queen,” swimming more events than any other teammate.

            The coach noted that veteran swimmer Carly Ploumen is serving as a team manager this year. Ploumen, one of the team’s top swimmers the past few years, is unable to compete this year due to injuries.

            So far this year the Trojans have competed in three meets. They finished sixth of eight teams in the Missota Conference Relays on August 22. The Trojans finished ahead of both Holy Angels and Red Wing. The team competed at Northfield, where they lost to the host Raiders but defeated Holy Angels, and they lost to Mankato East.

            “But each meet the girls are improving and building a more cohesive and strong team,” Ongie-Jindra said.

            The Trojans  were scheduled to compete at Waconia on Tuesday, Sept. 10. They will be at Farmington Thursday, Sept. 12, and host Chanhassen on Thursday, Sept. 19.