Synchro team puts scare into Ponies

Stillwater’s streak remains intact with three-point win

The Stillwater synchronized swimming team came dangerously close to seeing its amazing dual meet winning streak come to an end in Forest Lake last week. The Ponies have not lost a dual meet since 1989, but the Rangers gave them all they wanted in a 16-13 figures meet on Thursday.

Last year, Stillwater beat Forest Lake by 23 in their figures dual.

“This is one of the closest varsity meets we have had with Stillwater,” said Forest Lake’s proud coach, Laura Davison. “We took the majority of the top-seven spots, the scores were very close and it could have gone either way.”

Eighth-grader Andrea Dunrud led the Rangers by placing third. Her combined score from the four figures was 62.0. Seniors Morgan Sperry (61.8) and Katherine Anderson (61.6) earned the next two places, and senior Resa Brockman came in seventh with a mark of 60.7.

Stillwater’s Summer Olson topped the field with a total of 65.1 points.

Two nights earlier, the Rangers cruised past Bloomington by a score of 23-5 and also blanked Columbia Heights 29-0. Each team competed once and the scores were used for two duals. Dunrud again led the team this time scoring 63.3 points.

“It’s very impressive not only because she is so young, but because we have a lot of depth on this team,” Davison said.

Sperry (63.0), Anderson (61.8) and Brockman (61.6) followed in the same order. Senior Brooke Ewert came in sixth with 61.0 points, followed by ninth-grader Lindsey Crohn with 60.7.

Forest Lake had its final figures meet on Tuesday at Osseo-Maple Grove and is now off until the routine meet portion of the schedule kicks off April 19.

“The girls are starting strong and I only expect them to improve as the season goes on,” Davison said.