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East Ridge girls swimming & diving: Raptors beat Roseville, finish 11th at True Team State Meet

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Last week, the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team swam in two meets. The first was on Wednesday at home against the Roseville Raiders. East Ridge won the Suburban East Conference meet 96-89. The second meet was True Team State, in which the Raptors placed 11th with 1078.5 points. Earlier in the week, the Raptors found out that they were ranked eighth in the state, the first top-10 ranking in the swim team's history. Because of this, Raptors head coach Billy Cuevas said the team didn't have its best performance against Roseville.

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"We were all really excited about being ranked eighth in the state, and I think we just expected to win," Cuevas said. "We came out flat and they came out swinging so that we had to swim great in the second half of the meet, which we did. That allowed us to pull off a pretty convincing victory."

In the win over Roseville, East Ridge had a number of first place finishes including: Kayla Maatta in the 200-yard individual medley, Taylor Johnson in the 500-yard freestyle, Meredith Ubel in the 200- and 100-yard freestyles, Maddy Peters in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ubel, Kelly Burnham, Brianna Schmitt, and Lindsey Lewis. In addition, the 400 freestyle relay team of Lewis, Johnson, Ubel and Peters broke the pool record in the event with a time of 3:45.25 and also earned a first place finish.

On Saturday, the girls swam in the True Team State meet, made up of 12 of the best teams in the state. Eight out of the 12 participating teams were ranked among the top 10 in the state. Minnetonka won the meet, and Wayzata, Stillwater, Eden Prairie, and Edina respectively made up the top five.

"This was a fun meet, it's not very often that we get a chance to race against literally the best teams in the state," said Cuevas. "The girls got really excited about that and we had some great swims, I'm really proud of everyone."

East Ridge got two new school records at the meet, one earned by Ubel in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.49, and one earned by Lewis in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:19.36. Ubel was the highest placing swimmer of the night for East Ridge, taking seventh place in the 100 fly. Both Peters (in the 200 freestyle) and Lewis (in the 500 freestyle) earned 11th place, and Johnson tied for 11th in the 200 individual medley. The season is wrapping up for the East Ridge swim team; they have their last dual meet this Wednesday at home against the Stillwater Ponies. The meet will be at 6 p.m. at Woodbury Middle School.

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