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East Ridge swimming & diving: Raptors win True Team 3AA Secton; heading to State

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Last week couldn't have gone much better for the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team.

East Ridge earned two wins in both meets they competed in, beating rival Park in a head-to-head Suburban East Conference dual, then winning the Section 3AA True Team championship.

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East Ridge placed first at the True Team section meet, earning 1010 points, over Rosemount with 980. Fellow District 833 and Suburban East Conference schools Woodbury and Park took third and sixth, respectively, with 920 points and 216 points.

True Team is a different style of meet than any the girls had competed in so far this season. So far, in all meets, dual or invitational, only a certain number of girls score, so a team with a few really good swimmers is able to score enough points to win the meet. In true team meets, however, it is exactly as the name implies, a test of who has the best overall team, because every swimmer and diver competing score points for their team.

East Ridge began the meet with Maddy Peters and Lindsey Lewis placing second and fourth respectively in the 200 freestyle, and Taylor Johnson placing third in the 200 individual medley.

East Ridge's assistant coach Jacie Fabro said "this is a tough time in the season, but everybody is focusing really well and doing exactly what they should be doing or better."

After the scores from the diving portion of the meet (held earlier that day) were included, East Ridge was in third place (behind Rosemount and Woodbury) with 366 points. The first event after the break, the 100 butterfly, the Raptors placed second (Ubel), Third (Kayla Maatta), and fourth (Johnson).

Fabro said, "We knew we were going to be fast at this meet, but we even surprised ourselves with how well we did today. It was just so exciting."

Later in the meet, the girls 200 freestyle relay "A" team placed third, Ubel won the 100 backstroke, and the 400 freestyle relay "A" team placed second.

The girls were so supportive of each other and that's what made today a team victory." East Ridge assistant coach Jake Kemma said.

Fabro and Kemma also agreed that "meets like today are the reason we like to coach."

With the win, East Ridge moves on to the True Team State Meet on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the University of Minnesota.

The first win of the week was a victory over district rival Park High School in their dual meet on Thursday. The Raptors won the meet 95-78.

The Park meet was an opportunity for some of the Raptor girls to swim some events that they wouldn't normally swim, and for some girls who normally swim junior varsity to swim varsity events- the difference between the two is that only varsity events score points for the team. East Ridge won every event in the meet except for the 100 breaststroke (won by Marit Christianson of Park). Several swimmers earned individual first place finishes, Molly Patt Horan in the 100-yard freestyle, Kayla Maatta in the 200 individual medley, Brianna Schmidt in the 50 freestyle, Emily Dahl in the 100 fly, Haley Dahl in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and Taylor Johnson in the 100 backstroke.

This week, East Ridge swims against conference rival Roseville at home on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and on Saturday night at True Team State at the University of Minnesota.

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