Raise your hand if you’ve heard this one before: A Lake Conference team won the girls’ swimming and diving Class 2A True Team Meet.

This time, however, Edina crashed a party that had belonged to Minnetonka and Wayzata for the past four years.

The Hornets recorded 2,483.5 team points, enough to overtake their west metro rivals and win the championship Oct. 15 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Edina got victories from senior Rachel Wittmer in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, Raime Jones in the 100 freestyle, Kelli McCarthy in the 500 freestyle and Megan Phillip in 1-meter diving.

Minnetonka, the 2015 winner, was second and Wayzata third.

Visitation won the Class 1A meet with 2,163 points. Breck had the best finish for a West Metro team, placing fifth.

Millers return ... for the first time

Minneapolis Washburn, a Class 1A state runner-up in 2014, will be making its first trip to the Class 2A state tournament after rallying for a 3-1 victory over Wayzata in the Section 6, 2A championship game.

Kaitlyn Villars scored three second-half goals for Washburn, which trailed 1-0 at halftime, and senior goalkeeper Taylor Cottew had 12 saves.

Mr. & Ms. Soccer finalists

The West Metro is well-represented on the list of Mr. and Ms. Soccer finalists recently released by the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Among the boys finalists are Benilde-St. Margaret’s’ Luke Horton and Breck’s Garrett Opperman in Class 1A and Maple Grove’s Ryan DeBois, Minneapolis Washburn’s Juan Louis and Wayzata’s Tyler Stevens in Class 2A.

West girls’ finalists are Benilde-St. Margaret’s’ Maren Noble in Class 1A and St. Michael-Albertville’s Makenzie Langdok and Wayzata’s Morgan Turner in Class 2A.

The winners will be announced Sunday at the MHSSCA All-State banquet.



Jim Paulsen