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Girls swimming & diving: Raptors top Royals in district showdown

The East Ridge girls swimming and diving team topped rival Woodbury 105-81 in an intra-district showdown on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Woodbury High School pool.

However, both sides turned out a number of top performances.

For East Ridge, in the win, Raptors swimmers went 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle, helping the squad outscore Woodbury 13-3 in the event. Lindsey Lewis took first place with a time of 2 minutes, 1.32 seconds, followed by Maddy Peters (2:01.59) and Sydney Schmitz (2:05.76).

East Ridge also swept the 100-yard butterfly. Kayla Maatta won the event with a time of 1:03.14. Sydney Watanabe was second (1:05.39) and Emily Dahl placed third (1:05.72).

In the 500-yard freestyle, East Ridge’s Lewis took first place (5:23.49), Taylor Johnson placed second (5:27.43) and Schmitz was fourth (5:34.49) as the Raptors outscored Woodbury 12-4 in the event.

Meredith Ubel looked impressive in the sprints. In the 50-yard freestyle, she won by more than half a second with a time of 25.52. She also won the 100 free with a time of 54.56. Also, Johnson finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.15).

Three pool records were broken by Woodbury swimmers on the night, according to Woodbury first-year head coach Michelle Lieder.

The relay team of Taylor Brooks, Ana Sortland, Lucia Rizzo and Kristina Swanson combined to smash the pool’s 200-yard medley relay record with a time of 1:54.53 to take first place in the meet’s opening event. Also, Sortland broke the 200-yard individual medley record and the 100-yard breaststroke record on her own. Her time of 2:13.41 in the 200 IM won the event.

Woodbury swimmers earned first and second in the 100-yard backstroke. Taylor Brooks won the event with a time of 1:02.92 and Lucia Rizzo touched the wall second with a time of 1:03.75. Also, Brooks took second place in the 50-yard freestyle (26.10) and Swanson was third in the 50 free (26.68), while Lucia Rizzo placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.41 and Linnea Rizzo earned third place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:29.40).

East Ridge’s Olivia Burleigh won the diving competition with a score of 199.20. Woodbury’s Meghan Miller earned second place (182.60) and the Royals’ Rose Peterson placed third (154.60).

In a pair of relays, East Ridge’s Ubel, Peters, Lewis and Johnson won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:45.64) topping Woodbury’s Linnea Rizzo, Leah Cody, Sydney Swanson and Kristina Swanson (1:46.93) in a good race, while the Raptors’ Ubel, Peters, Lewis and Johnson edged Woodbury’s Sortland, Brooks and Rizzo sisters in the 400 free relay with times of 3:45.62 and 3:46.92.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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