Nadia Helm got Minnetonka’s 200-yard freestyle relay started Thursday on a good day for her team at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center. (Photo: Matthew Hintz. special to the Star Tribune)
The Hutchinson and Visitation girls’ swimming and diving programs are familiar with each other.
Last season, the teams had a regular-season dual meet before they took the top two spots at the state meet. This September the teams competed against each other in a nine-team meet at Hutchinson.
“It’s good,” Hutchinson coach Rory Fairbanks said. “We can see where they’re at. We respect them. They’re a deep program and have nice kids. Our kids watch them and talk about them.”
On Thursday at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus, Visitation and Hutchinson dominated the Class 1A preliminaries.
Visitation, which has won five consecutive state titles, qualified 14 individuals and all three relay teams for Friday’s championship finals. Hutchinson, which has finished second and third in the past two seasons, qualified 11 individuals and all three relays.