Isabel Wyer anchor for Minnetonka's 200 yard freestyle relay team dives in the water during girls state swimming meet class 2A at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Tuesday November 19, 2013 in MInneapolis , MN. .
For the second year in a row, Minnetonka has put itself in position to earn its first girls’ swimming and diving state title since 1976.
On Tuesday, the Skippers advanced five individuals and all three relays to Wednesday’s finals in the Class 2A meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
After a strong first day at last year’s state meet, the Skippers appeared to win the state title before errors on their relay entry cards forced their three relay teams to be disqualified. The Skippers dropped to sixth place, and Edina claimed the title.
In Tuesday’s preliminaries, the Skippers were paced by senior Isabel Wyer, who advanced to the finals in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle. Wyer, who was third in both events at last year’s state meet, also swam a leg on Minnetonka’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
“Last year is something that is in the back of a lot of people’s minds, mine included,” Minnetonka coach Dan Berve said. “But we’re focused on this year’s team. I think we did some real good things tonight to put us in a position to improve on [Wednesday].”
In Monday’s diving preliminaries, three Minnetonka divers qualified for Wednesday’s finals.
Chanhassen sets medley record
Chanhassen, which finished fourth at last year’s Class 2A meet, opened the Class 2A preliminaries by setting a state record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 43.50 seconds.
Chanhassen’s Zoe Avestruz, who swam a leg on that relay, had the top qualifying time in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Avestruz, a junior, is the defending Class 2A champion in both events.
Visitation blazes in 1A prelims
Visitation opened the preliminaries by setting a Class 1A meet record in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.61. Visitation won the event at last year’s meet with a time of 1:48.10.
The Blazers also had the top times in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay preliminaries.
Visitation sophomore Abbie Dolan set a Class 1A meet record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.04. Dolan was third in the event at last year’s state meet with a time of 52.99.
Visitation, which finished third at last year’s state meet, advanced 12 individuals to Wednesday’s finals.
Horejsi sets another record
Albert Lea sophomore Lindsey Horejsi set a Class 1A meet record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.55.
Horejsi, who set the state record while winning the 100 breaststroke last year, had the top time in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries. Horejsi’s time of 1:00.24 was just shy of her record time of 1:00.16.
Horejsi also swam a leg on the Albert Lea’s 200 freestyle relay, which had the third-best time in the preliminaries, and on the 200 medley relay, which had the second-best time.
Defending champs advance
Mankato West senior Danielle Nack, the defending Class 1A champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, was third in the 50 free prelims and first in the 100 butterfly prelims.
Mankato West junior Chantal Nack, the defending Class 1A champion in the 200 freestyle, was second — behind Dassel-Cokato junior Elisa Burgstahler — in the 200 freestyle preliminaries.
Northfield junior Bailey DuPay, the two-time defending Class 1A champion, had the top score (277.65) in Monday’s preliminaries. In Class 2A, Rochester Century sophomore Adrianna Jacobs had the top score (280.70) in Monday’s preliminaries.