Girls’ Swim and Dive Places First at Sections

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Girls’ Swim and Dive Places First at Sections

Lauren Lubenow and Megan Justesen

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The Wayzata girls’ swim and dive team took first at the 5AA Sections meet last weekend with a total of 645 points. Every athlete earned a spot in the top eight on Saturday and many swimmers and divers made it to state starting this Thursday.

Starting off the night strong, the 200 Medley Relay took first overall with Emma Reinke, Jenna Marquette, Melinda Zhang and Lauren Lubenow. Zhang then proceeded to win not only the 200 Individual Medley, but also the 100 Butterfly. Zhang smashed the previous Wayzata record in the butterfly held by Alexis Schaaf in 2016. 

Zhang said, “Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it was a good feeling and a rewarding moment for me.” Zhang went an astonishing 54.70 seconds in the butterfly seeding her first in the state meet this weekend.

Months ago, Zhang announced her verbal commitment to swim for the United States Military Academy West Point.

Underclassmen and middle schoolers on the team also blew it out of the water. Freshman Claire Reinke placed second behind Zhang in the butterfly and placed first in the 50 freestyle. Reinke qualified for state in four events.

 C. Reinke said, “There are many emotions I felt when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw a number one by my name. I was so proud of myself because when you look up and realize you have reached your goal, it is very rewarding.” 

The Trojans also welcomed a youngster to the team this year and she is dominating every event that she is put in. Lucy Troyak swam a full line up at the sections meet which will take her to state in three events. 

“Going into this season as a 7th grader, I was not at all expecting to come this far by swimming at the state meet, but I am very excited to go for the first time,” said Troyak. Troyak will be swimming the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay at the state meet.

Zhang said, “Lucy is a powerhouse. She never ceases to amaze me everyday and is one of the most determined swimmers I have ever met. I think Lucy came into the season with few expectations and through her hard work, she is now one of our top swimmers.”

Trojan divers dominated the boards with three out of the four divers making it to state. Senior Grace Treanor won diving with a final score of 402.80 points along with her sister, Izzy Treanor, placing second overall. 

Junior Jenna Marquette also had a successful night placing first in the 100 breaststroke and second, behind Armstrong’s Sierra Smith, in the 100 freestyle. 

“I was really surprised about how well I ended up doing at the meet. I definitely wasn’t expecting any best times because I wasn’t fully rested for the meet. The fact that I swam as well as I did just makes me even more excited about how I’ll perform at state,” said Marquette.

Marquette is less than a ½ of a second away from touching out Madison Preiss’ 100 breaststroke record from 2014.

Ending on a high note, the Trojans not only took first in the 400 freestyle relay, but also first place overall as a team. 

The state competition begins Thursday, November 14th with Diving preliminaries and extends to Saturday, November 16th.

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