Swimmers gearing up for True Team

  • Article by: JIM PAULSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 11:32 PM

The boys' swimming and diving True Team state meet will be Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The boys' swimming and diving True Team state meet will be Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The meet, sponsored by the Swimming and Diving Coaches Association, is a favorite of many swimming coaches because its format recognizes the best overall team, rather than teams with a few dominant individuals.

Minnetonka is ranked No. 2 in the Class 2A rankings and is back to defend its 2011 championship.

It won't be easy, however. The Skippers finished second in the Class 2A, Section 6 meet on Saturday behind No. 1-ranked Eden Prairie but advanced to the state meet as a wild-card entrant.

In Class 1A, St. Thomas Academy has had an impenetrable grip on the title since the meet was first held in 2005.

The Cadets have won all seven Class 1A True Team championships. Despite not having as many elite level swimmers as in the past -- their only victory in the 1A, Section 2 meet was by Luke Johanns in the 50-yard freestyle -- their depth gives them an edge to win team title No. 8.

The Class 1A meet starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. The 2A meet gets underway at 6 p.m.

WORTH NOTING

• The Waconia girls' basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Wright County Conference with a tense 64-61 victory over Hutchinson on Tuesday. Host Waconia led 39-32 at halftime, but Hutchinson, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A, took a 61-60 lead on a three-pointer by Kylie Kucera with 15 seconds left. Waconia regained the lead 62-61 on Laura Schmitt's driving layup with six seconds left in the game. Lauren Deadrick added a put-back basket for the final margin of victory. Waconia improved to 8-0 in league play and 11-4 overall. Hutchinson fell to 6-1 in conference, 13-3 overall.

• Elk River forward Jonna Curtis became the leading scorer in girls' hockey history at the school with a goal -- the 249th point of her career -- in the Centennial Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27. Curtis, who has committed to play at New Hampshire next year, has added to that total since, improving her career total to 265 points.

• Lakeville South quarterback Trey Heid, the Star Tribune 2011 Metro Player of the Year, has decided to play football at Augustana (S.D.) next year.

• The Litchfield girls' basketball team set a state record for three-point shooting accuracy, making all 10 attempts in Tuesday's 78-59 victory over Annandale. Junior guard Greta Walsh hit six three-pointers and finished with 29 points.

LOOKING FORWARD

A boys' hockey game between Benilde-St. Margaret's and Wayzata has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Plymouth Ice Center. The game, previously scheduled for Jan. 5, was postponed in the wake of the paralyzing injury to Benilde sophomore Jack Jablonski in a junior varsity game between the schools on Dec. 30.

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