Girls Swimming: East Ridge, Woodbury win on Thursday night
East Ridge 93, Roseville 72
The Raptors dominated throughout Thursday night as East Ridge captured the victory over Roseville.
The night started off with a sweep from East Ridge in the first four events. The Raptors swept in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM and 50-yard freestyle.
The sweeps and early lead built some confidence for East Ridge as the team went into the middle of the meet. The sweeping came again in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.
The early lead allowed East Ridge to keep the lead towards the end of the meet as Roseville was trying to make a push of its own.
Along with the sweeps, the Raptors had different swimmers win first place in each of the events East Ridge won. The swimmers ranged from younger freshman to veteran seniors, which makes head coach Kathy Madden happy.
Madden said earlier in the season that she was hoping to see the younger swimmers continue to learn and make some key contributions towards the end of the season. Those younger swimmers are doing just that with only a few more weeks until section and state meets.
East Ridge will be hosting the True Team section meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 to a spot in the True Team state finals.
Woodbury 95, Forest Lake 91
It was a back-and-forth meet between Woodbury and Forest Lake and it came down to the last event of Thursday night.
The event was the 400-yard freestyle relay and Forest Lake was trailing to Woodbury. Forest Lake finished that event in first place with one of its teams, but the Royals were able to finish second and third to capture six points and hold that lead to earn the overall victory.
Quincie Klein helped Woodbury in the victory with a first-place performance in the 200-yard freestyle as well as a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. She was also a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished first and a team that finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay on Thursday night.
The Royals have a couple more meets before the section and state meets towards the end of October and early November.
Head coach Martin Hoven said earlier in the season that he's looking for improvement in each meet, so the girls can be swimming their best at the end of the season. Some of the swimmers are looking for individual goals to reach the state meet, but all of them can agree that there's one main goal for every single swimmer.
That goal is to bring Woodbury, as a team, to the state meet at the end of the season.