By Brian Savard
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, December 3. A whopping five Class A records fell at the Minnesota Women's Class A High School State Championships.
Visitation led the pack with a state-title worthy 298 points. Breck School picked up the second-place honors (187) while Monticello rounded out the top three with 148.5 points.
Visitation fell just short of the relay sweep but still won the majority of the relays nonetheless. The Blazers avenged a heartbreaking loss in the 200 medley relay where they lost by .01 by placing first in the final two relays of the meet. Visitation's contingent of Sophie Pilhofer, Jennifer Steege, Maddy DeMeules and Meghan Weiss put up the top standard in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:38.94 effort. Meaghan Rohde, Jennifer Steege, Julie Steege and Weiss put together a convincing meet-ending win in the 400 freestyle relay, clocking a 3:36.13.
Weiss headed the list of record breakers, taking home new Class A standards in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. She distanced herself from the rest of the 200 freestyle field in her first 100 and cruised to a 1:52.33 win. Katie Wind of Trinity set the former mark of 1:53.26 back in 2001. Weiss continued on to win the 100 freestyle in a 51.38 time, erasing the 2003 standard set by Stacy Busack of Fergus Falls (51.74).
Sammi Husband of Breck School reset her 2006 200 IM record of 2:08.33 twice throughout the meet, breaking it once in the preliminary heats (2:08.15) and again in finals (2:06.18). Husband also edged out Detroit Lakes' Melissa Paakh in the 100 butterfly for the state title (56.86).
Eighth-grader Olivia McNeely of Visitation cranked out a Class A standard in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.70 showing. Hanna Dale of Fergus Falls set the previous standard of 1:05.36 back in 1998. McNeely also finished 10th in the 200 IM (2:17.04).
Megan Guyen of Watertown-Mayer/Delano lowered a standard she set two years ago in the 50 freestyle with a 23.43 swim. Her former mark was 23.54.
Jessica Stanchfield of Orono placed first in the diving competition with 368.25 points. Maggie Klabunde of Fridley took second (336.40) while Shayna Dugger from Detroit Lakes came in third (330.50).