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Metro area’s top swimmers and divers have less time to show what they’ve got

By Star Tribune, 09/09/20, 7:00PM CDT

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Ten at the top of their sport and some top teams to watch in 2020, a season shortened by the pandemic and ending without a state meet.


Reese Dehen of Anoka is one of the swimmers to watch this season. Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

School just started this first week for many, but fall sports athletes are on a fast and strange track to the shortest season in memory.

Many swimmers and divers are competing in the early weeks with no fans on site. Some meets have been held with teams in different pools.

For cross-country, runners go off in waves that require checking chip times to determine how they placed.
The girls’ tennis regular season ends in three weeks.

Those sports along with boys’ and girls’ soccer are playing shortened schedules against a limited number of opponents, making it harder to assess season favorites. Postseason plans haven’t been announced and state tournaments won’t be held.

But the games, meets and matches in this pandemic-scarred season still matter. Meet some of the best swimmers and divers competing this fall.

2020 TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS TO WATCH
(includes Class 2A state meet results from 2019, unless noted)

Reese Dehen, Anoka, senior: First in 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. College: Ohio State.

Hailey Farrell, Hutchinson, junior: First in 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle in Class 1A.

Grace Hanson, Hutchinson, junior: First in 50 and 100 freestyles in Class 1A.

Abby Kapeller, Minnetonka, senior: First in 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. College: Virginia.

Emma Kern, Delano, sophomore: First in 100 backstroke and fourth in 100 butterfly in Class 1A.

Jenna Marquette, Wayzata, senior: Second in 100 breaststroke and fifth in 100 freestyle. College: Purdue.

Katie McCarthy, Edina, sophomore: Second in 500 freestyle and seventh in 200 freestyle.

Emily Pawlaski, Andover, senior: Second in 50 freestyle and third in 100 butterfly. College: LSU.

Claire Reinke, Wayzata, sophomore: First in 100 butterfly.

Taylor Williams, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, senior: First in 200 freestyle and second in 100 freestyle in Class 1A. College: Missouri.

TOP THREE TEAMS
1. Minnetonka
2. Edina
3. Wayzata

RON HAGGSTROM

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