Year in Review 2011: Bonfig, seven Royals compete at state swim meet
In 2011, Woodbury sent seven swimmers and divers to the 2011 state meet.
Woodbury junior Mikayla Mayer led the way, qualifying for two individual events and one relay, while freshman Ana Sortland reached her first state meet. In addition, two Royals divers - senior Emily Bonfig and junior Lauren Puglisi - earned a trip to compete on the state's biggest stage.
As a team, Woodbury finished runner-up in its defense of the Section 3AA championship. At sections, the top two finishers in each event qualify for state, along with any swimmer who eclipses the qualifying time. Teams don't qualify for state as a whole, however, each swimmer and diver that reach state count toward the team's finish at the meet.
Mayer, a junior sprinter, won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle section races. She had a time of 24.80 seconds in the 50 free, winning by almost a full second, and a time of 53.46 in the 100 free.
Mayer also helped the Royals' 200-yard freestyle team win the event and qualify for state with a 1:40.66 time. Others on that relay team are junior Kelsie Carter, sophomore Kristina Swanson and senior Mara Miller.
Hoven said Sortland's state qualifying finish was the biggest surprise of the meet to him. She finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, but her time of 1:08.46 topped the qualifying time of 1:09.08.
At state, Bonfig finished in third place in the diving contest, earning All-State honors for a fourth straight year. Puglisi, a junior, gave the Royals two All-State divers by taking eighth place at the state meet.
The top eight divers at the stat meet earn All-State honors. Bonfig had a total score of 431.55. Puglisi finished with 361.85 points.
In addition to Bonfig and Puglisi, Mayer finished in 10th place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.27 seconds and earned 12th place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.44 in the final.
Mayer also helped the Royals' 200-yard freestyle relay team finish in 12th place with a time of 1:40.68. As a team, Woodbury finished in 15th place with 47 points out of the 34 teams represented. Edina won the meet handily with 316 points.