The Forest Lake divers dominated both competitions this past week, first against Cretin-Derham Hall with a one, two, four finish, then at Forest Lake’s own 11-team meet with three top-10 finishes.
Senior Jessica Dhaene took first place against the Raiders with teammate, junior Maddi Gemuenden, following in second and junior Katie Dison in fourth.
The Ranger Invite on Saturday proved another successful showing for the home team. Dhaene clinched yet another first-place finish among the 18 divers in the one meter final with 313.75. Gemuenden finished fourth with a total of 272 points, while Dison ended the day with a 10th-place finish and 217.35 points.
Forest Lake diving head coach Deb Welch said the invite, which is hosted by the Ranger boys’ swimming and diving team for fundraising, is a beneficial meet for her squad.
“Getting an 11-dive meet in let’s us see what needs to start being fixed up for the big section meet in November,” Welch said.
For some of her divers, it is also a test of handling pressure before the post-season. Dhaene had been in second place going into the final dives of the day, but Welch said that Dhaene managed to pull ahead of the first-place Princeton diver, Megan Gourley, by putting in a higher degree of difficulty and diving well. Dhaene’s degrees measured in at 2.0, 2.4 and 2.4, compared to Gourley’s degrees of about 1.6 per dive.
“Jessica also had the added pressure of knowing that since the beginning of the Ranger Invite, a Forest Lake diver has taken first every time,” Welch said. “Jess did not let her previous teammates down.”
Overall, Forest Lake lost last Thursday 99-82 against Cretin-Derham Hall.
Standouts for the Rangers included a first-place finish by the 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomores Rocci Wohlk and Stephanie Brenk, senior Heather Reily and ninth-grader Andrea Dunrud. Sophomore Rachel Chatwin took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke, followed by teammates, sophomore Jordyn Templeton and senior Kellie Welch, who took second and third.
Other highlights included a second-place finish with a time of 2:07 by the 200-yard medley team consisting of Dunrud and sophomores Josephine Hudoba, Chatwin and Wohlk. Ninth-grader Emma Dolby took second in the 50-yard freestyle, while senior Sarah Kroska also took second place in the 100-yard butterfly. The 200-yard freestyle team of Emma Nelson, Chatwin, Hudoba and Dolby took second to add four points to the Ranger total on the day.
At the Ranger Invite on Saturday, the Rangers finished the day in eighth place out of 11 teams with a total of 179 points. Roseville took first place with 322 points, while Mahtomedi followed in second with 314 points.
Chatwin took the reins for the Rangers, taking second place out of 29 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Chatwin also took seventh out of 36 in the 100-yard freestyle, and was part of the relay team that placed ninth out of 25 in the 200-yard medley relay alongside teammates Hudoba, Reily and Dolby.
Kroska took ninth out of 32 in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:09.
Dunrud swam well in her individual events, finishing ninth of 30 in the 500-yard freestyle and 10th of 36 in the 200-yard freestyle. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Dolby, Brenk, Chatwin and Dunrud took eighth out of 24 with a time of 1:53, while the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Brenk, junior Karlee Lawrence, Wohlk and Dunrud placed ninth of 23 to end the day for the Rangers.
Forest Lake head coach Kim Jones said the girls swam well on Saturday and continue to progress as many of her swimmers achieved season-best times at the invite.
“It was exciting to watch each of the girls compete against great competition,” Jones said.
Jones was also excited about the second-place finish of the junior varsity squad out of nine teams with 332 points. Stillwater finished first with 397 points.
The Rangers take on Roseville Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m.