Swimmers, divers 2nd at Tiger Relays

Milaca’s girls swimming and diving team made an impressive entrance to the 2013 season as it placed second at the annual Tiger Relays Thursday, Aug. 29, at Princeton.

Cambridge-Isanti won the meet with 274 points while Milaca was second with 224, edging Princeton, which finished third with 214 points. Chisago Lakes Area was fourth with a score of 210, St. Cloud Cathedral was fifth at 180 and Duluth Denfeld was sixth with 140.

Milaca co-coaches Jennie Burroughs and Joe Wenner were pleasantly surprised with the team’s performance this early in the season.

“We had great split times to start off the season,” said Burroughs. “Our veterans had a lot of great swims and they received help from our new group of seventh-graders.

“It was a team effort.”

Milaca’s highlights included:

•A first-place finish by the 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Ashley Cassens, seventh-grader Chloe Hendrickson, junior Tara Airhart and senior Sarah Forker who had a time of 1:51.38. Princeton was second in 1:51.68.

•A first place in the 200 butterfly relay by senior Ori Scherer, Hendrickson, junior BryAnna Paulson and Forker with a time of 2:05.73. C-I was second in 2:07.85.

•Second place in the 600 freestyle relay by junior Hannah Johnson, Scherer and Cassens with a time of 7:34.79. Each swam 200 yards. C-I was first in 7:04.59.

•Third place in the 400 individual medley relay by Scherer, seventh-grader Ellie Hartung, seventh-grader Breanna Mehwerth and Hendrickson in 5:12.52. Each swam 100 yards.  C-I was first in 4:51.24.

•Third place in the 200 medley relay by senior Leah Crain, Tara Airhart, Forker and Cassens with a time of 2:09.59. C-I was first in 2:04.64.

•Third place in the diving relay by Forker and Tara Airhart.

Milaca resumes action Thursday, Sept. 12, when it hosts Granite Ridge Conference rival Becker at 6 p.m.