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Girls swimming: Woodbury races past Park

Woodbury’s Ana Sortland, top, won the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke races as the Royals topped Park in a dual Sept. 4. (Bulletin photo by John Molene)

Woodbury’s Ana Sortland had a winning night at the pool Thursday, leading the visiting Royals to a 100-81 win over Park in a dual meet at the Cottage Grove Middle School pool.

Sortland won the 500-yard freestyle (5:26.24), the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.56) and led off the winning Woodbury 200-yard medley relay.

Park was led by Tiana Cachuela, who won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.80 and came back with a first-place finish later in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:19.77.

“This was a good meet for us,” said Woodbury coach Michelle Lieder. “I was very happy with Leah Cody, extremely happy with some finishes for Elle Stevenson and Madi Wahl in the relays, in addition to Gabby Vitela. Elizabeth Mortenson had an awesome 500. As a matter of fact our whole JV 500, all three of those girls had lifetime bests. It was just a great meet overall.”

The Royals scored victories in the 200-yard medley relay (Sortland, Leah Cody, Lizzy LeBow and Gabby Vitela) in 2:01.35 and in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the foursome of Mara Mueller, Cody, Kelly Bosch and Madi Wahl in 1:50.69.

Park’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Emma Pomeroy, Julia Quinn, Katie Shogren and Kaelyn Foster finished first in 4:26.15.

“I was very happy with Emma Pomeroy,” said Park coach Amanda Johnson. “She swam the 200 free and the 500 and she had a beautiful time in that 200 free. She’s brand new to us; this is her first year swimming with us so it was kind of nice to see what she could do. And then Tiana Cachuela did very well, too. She’s in the 100 fly and got first in that one and did a pretty decent time right now.

It was the first dual meet for the Wolfpack after a bye last week.

“Our first relay actually surprised me a lot,” said Johnson. “I didn’t think we were going to go that time. I thought we were maybe going to go maybe four seconds slower than that., so the time that we got, which was a 2:05 I believe, was a pretty nice, decent, time for us, which I wasn’t expecting.”

Woodbury’s individual winners included Cody, with a time of 2:26.53 in the 200-yard freestyle, Meghan Miller, who finished first in the diving with a score of 243.35 and Vitela, who won the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.36.

Other Park race winners were Pomeroy, who won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:10.44 and Maddy McNearney, was finished first in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.39.

The Royals are where coach Lieder hoped they’d be at this stage of the season, she said.

“The girls are working hard and their efforts are paying off,” Lieder said. “We’re happy where we’re at.”

Park swims Sept. 6, in the South St. Paul Invitational. The Wolfpack host Tartan Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Cottage Grove Middle School pool, starting at 6 p.m.

Woodbury swims against Cretin-Derham Hall Sept. 11, in the St. Catherine’s pool.