Woodbury girls swimming & diving: Mayer caps stellar career at state meetWoodbury seniors Mikayla Mayer and Lauren Puglisi helped the Royals earn a 17th place finish at the 2012 State Girls Swimming and Diving Meet, held Nov. 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, Woodbury Bulletin
Woodbury seniors Mikayla Mayer and Lauren Puglisi helped the Royals earn a 17th place finish at the 2012 State Girls Swimming and Diving Meet, held Nov. 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Puglisi earned all-state honors in the diving competition, taking sixth place – two spots better than her eighth-place finish last year – with a score of 366.75 points. All-state honors go to the top eight finishers in each event.
Not to be outdone, based on her performances in the preliminary round, Mayer reached the finals in three events – the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and as part of the Royals’ 200-yard freestyle team.
In her final high school race for Woodbury, Mayer – who will swim for South Dakota State University next year – finished in ninth place in the 50 with a time of 23.94 seconds and 10th in the 100 with a time of 52.13.
Woodbury’s 200 free relay team of Mayer, senior Marina Rizzo, sophomore Ana Sortland and Kristina Swanson earned 10th place with a time of 1 minute, 38.65 seconds in the event.
Individually, Sortland reached the finals as well, taking 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.55 – just under a second away from an all-state finish and just over three seconds back of the state champion - Edina’s Olivia Anderson, who had a time of 1:02.96.
Woodbury scored 46 points to take 17th out of 32 teams.
Edina won the Class AA state meet with 228 points. Wayzata finished second with 222 points. Fourth-place Minnetonka (200.5) would have won the championship, but a lineup-card error by its coach disqualified a first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.