STMA swimmers take home conference title

STMA diver Olivia Lock (center) hugs teammate Jessie Metz as senior captain Krista Erickson looks on during the Knights’ 96-90 victory over Buffalo. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

STMA diver Olivia Lock (center) hugs teammate Jessie Metz as senior captain Krista Erickson looks on during the Knights’ 96-90 victory over Buffalo. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)

BY ROB LAPLANTE

Sports Reporter

 

The Mississippi 8 Conference can add another plaque with St. Michael-Albertville’s name to it.

A week after both soccer teams each won its respective titles, the girls’ swimming and diving team can be added to that list after a 96-90 victory over Buffalo last Thursday in front of a big crowd at Middle School East.

“It was a full house,” said head coach Tom Guillou. “They added a little more seating and it was packed. Buffalo also had a lot of people there and both crowds were loud and it was fun.”

One of the key moments came when STMA senior Ellen Swedzinski edged Buffalo’s Maddie Herzfeld for third place in the 200-freestyle relay.

“She had a great split that got us third,” Guillou said. “That gets you two points, which made a big difference.”

Junior Kasey Roberts set another pool record in the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:10.67. “I lost track,” said a smiling Guillou, when asked how many pool records Roberts has broke this season.

STMA finished with a conference record of 4-0, edging out Buffalo’s 3-1 mark. It was the second year in a row the Knights won the conference, but first outright.

Two days after defeating Buffalo, the Knights and Bison would square off again as part of the Section 8AA True Team Meet. Once again, it was STMA outscoring Buffalo 962-917. The only difference was STMA’s total was good for second place as Maple Grove would win the seven team meet with 1190 points.

Roberts had the only first-place finish coming in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.46. The 200 medley relay team of Roberts, Kristen Pieper, Josie Burns and Lexi Heil finished second to Elk River with a time of 1:58.18.

Senior Katie Schmitz and freshman Carly Roberts finished 2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Schmitz edged her fellow teammate 2:04.07-2:04.13.

“It’s just another step in our season,” Guillou said. “We set goals as we go. Conference champion was one, True Team and sections are another. The big thing is we keep getting stronger.”

The Knights had their final dual meet Tuesday against Waconia. Section 8AA playoffs start Nov. 9-10.

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