By Bob San
For such a young team, the Osseo High swimming and diving team did a superb job in last weekend’s Section 5 meet at Minnetonka.
Wayzata won the meet with 659 points, Mounds View was second with 413, Armstrong third with 278 and Osseo fourth with 225. Osseo is by far the youngest team in the meet as all the Orioles who placed in the top eight in the meet were eighth and ninth graders.
Ninth-grader Mary Whiting was the lone Oriole to qualify for state in individual events. Whiting took third in the 50 free in a state qualifying time of 24.46. She also came in third in the 100 free with a state cut time of 52.44.
Osseo sends two relays to the state meet. In the opening event, the 200 medley relay team of Whiting, eighth-grader Emily Houle and ninth-graders Katelyn Strauss and Natalie Kampa swam third and made state with a qualifying time of 1:51.82.
Later in the meet, Houle, Strauss, Kampa and Whiting teamed up to earn state berth in the 200 free relay. The Orioles’ state chance looked dim as they were in fourth place but Whiting swam a blistering 24.06 anchor leg to help Osseo beat the state qualifying time of 1:41.08 by a hair. The Orioles’ fourth-place time was 1:41.07.
Other top section finishers for Osseo were: Strauss, fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.82 and ninth in the 200 free in 2:01.81; eighth-grader Megan White, sixth in diving with 300.15 points; Houle, sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.69; Kampa, sixth in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.57; and the 400 free relay team of eighth-grader Kassandra Chronakos, and ninth-graders Kate Pederson, Emily Michels and Victoria Bleckeberg, fifth in 4:01.35.