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Royals sixth at State meet

Woodbury's Britta Sortland seemed quite pleased with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at the State Class AA Girls Swimming and Diving Meet. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

A sixth-place finish was a dandy way to end a season for the Woodbury girls swimming and diving team as the Royals logged 130 points to place among the top half-dozen in the Class AA standings at the State meet that concluded on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Woodbury's highest individual placing of the championship round was off the 1-meter board as Erin Kohlbeck finished second to Stillwater's Maggie Keefer in the diving competition.

Kohlbeck rallied from a third-place seeding heading into the final three dives to earn the runner-up position with a score of 403.60. The junior and her senior competitor from the Ponies were the only two divers to break the 400 mark in the meet.

Woodbury sophomore Emily Bonfig took sixth in diving with a score of 374.35.

Under the water, the Royals top finisher was Britta Sortland, who took third in the 50-yard freestyle with an All-American Consideration time of 23.82 seconds. The junior also placed eighth in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.73.

Senior Natalie Lugg closed out her individual high school career with a fifth-place turn in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with an All-American Consideration result of 1 minute, 5.74 seconds.

Lugg and Sortland wrapped up the Royals 2009 campaign by joining junior Cassie Cedarholm and senior Elizabeth Gross to place sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay, earning All-American honors with a time of 3:32.59.

Several Royals swimmers also took part in the consolation round, led by the 200-yard medley relay team of Lugg, Sortland, Gross and freshman Mikayla Mayer. The foursome won its consolation final in an All-American Consideration time of 1:50.52 to take ninth overall.

The Royals 200-yard freestyle relay team of Mayer, Cedarholm, Gross and sophomore Mara Miller took 11th in their event with a consolation time of 1:40.23. Gross placed 14th in the 100-yard freestyle standings after a consolation-round time of 53.90.