Minnetonka, bidding for its first state title since 1976, advanced 17 individuals and all three relays to Saturday’s Class 2A girls’ swimming championship finals on Friday.
Each of the three Minnetonka relay teams had the top time in the preliminaries, and the Skippers had an individual advance to the championship final in each event at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
“We really had a good day,” said John Bradley, in his first season as the Skippers coach. “We’re really fortunate, everybody swam well and advanced. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the team.”
Minnetonka senior Regan Miller had the second-best preliminary times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle while swimming a leg on two relay teams.
Armstrong senior Zoe Bresnahan had the top time (4:55.96) in the 500 freestyle preliminaries. Edina junior Katie McCarthy, who had the top qualifying time in the 500 freestyle going into the state meet, was second with a time of time of 4:58.18. McCarthy finished second in the event at the 2019 state meet.
In the 200 freestyle preliminaries, McCarthy had the top time (1:49.29), while Bresnahan was second with a time of 1:51.20.
Eden Prairie sophomore Caroline Larsen had the top time in the 50 freestyle (22.85) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.33).
Andover freshman Grace Rabb had the top qualifying time in the 200 IM (2:03.05) and the 100 backstroke (54.68).
Woodbury sophomore Gabby Mauder had the top score (293.75) in the diving preliminaries on Thursday. Mauder finished third at the 2019 state meet with a score of 378.80.