Swimmers handle Cathedral

Milaca grabbed an early lead and maintained its edge as it topped St. Cloud Cathedral 98-78 in a Granite Ridge Conference girls swimming and diving dual Thursday, Sept. 6, at the St. Cloud Tech pool.

The Wolves got rolling right away as the team of junior Sarah Forker, senior Sami Mitchell, junior Ori Scherer and senior Clair Coffee placed first in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:07.06. Junior Katie Blenkush, senior Kendra Mollet, ninth-grader Becca Johnson and sophomore Allison Rogers placed second in 2:20.21.

Milaca went on to place first in five more events, then swam exhibition in the final two events.

•Mitchell won the 200 individual medley in 2:44.90, with Scherer placing second in 2:45..28 and sophomore Rachel Airhart finishing third in 2:45.93.

•Forker placed first in the 50 freestyle in 26.87, with sophomore Ashley Cassens placing second in 29.14 and sophomore Hannah Johnson placing third in 29.26.

•Sophomore BryAnna Paulson won the diving event with a score of 153.45. Sophomore Tara Airhart placed second with a score of 151.45 and Rogers was third with a score of 118.65.

•Coffee won the 100 freestyle in 1:02.54, with Cassens placing second in 1:05.10.

•Coffee, Cassens, Rachel Airhart and Forker combined to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:53.27. Junior Leah Crain, Mitchell, Becca Johnson and Hannah Johnson placed third in 2:01.15.

In other events:

-Crain placed second in the 200 freestyle in 2:34.20, with sophomore Merissa Peterson finishing third in 2:37.12.

-Scherer placed second in the 100 butterfly in 1:14.88 while Rachel Airhart was fourth in 1:15.90.

-Peterson placed third in the 500 freestyle in 7:16.56, with ninth-grader Madison Shores finishing fourth in 7:50,76.

-Crain placed third in the 100 backstroke in 1:20.42 and Paulson was fourth in 1:21.52,

-Coffee, Cassens, Rachel Airhart and Forker had an exhibition time of 4:13.57 in the 400 freestyle relay, which would’ve won the event.

Milaca’s junior varsity trimmed Cathedral 92-52.

“It was a good dual win,” said co-coach Jennie Burroughs. “Overall, we competed very well.”

Milaca placed fourth at the Princeton Tiger Relays Thursday, Aug. 30.

Buffalo was first with 282 points, Cambridge-Isanti and Princeton tied for second with 208 points each,  Duluth Denfeld was fourth with 180, Milaca was fifth at 178, Proctor placed sixth at 168 and Ogilvie was seventh at 64.

Scherer, Paulson, Rachel Airhart and Forker combined to place second in the 200 butterfly relay in 2:06.81.

Crain, Hannah Johnson, Cassens and Coffee placed third in the 400 freestyle in 4:23.1.

Coffee, Hannah Johnson, Cassens and Rachel Airhart finished third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:53.86.

Milaca lost its season-opening dual to Big Lake Aug. 28 at Milaca.

The Wolves host rival Princeton tonight (Thursday) at Milaca, at 6 o’clock.

The Wolves are at the Duluth Invitational Saturday, at 11 a.m.