The Forest Lake girls’ swimming team was defeated 97-87 last Thursday at home by the Roseville Raiders.
Sophomore Rachel Chatwin had a strong showing for the Rangers, placing first in both the 100-meter breastroke with a time of 1:16 and 200-meter individual medley at 2:28. Sophomore Rocci Wohlk followed behind Chatwin with a time of 2:34 in the 200-meter individual medley for second place.
Chatwin also contributed to two second-place finishes for the Rangers. The foursome of sophomore Stephanie Brenk, Chatwin, senior Sarah Kroska and ninth-grader Emma Dolby took second in the 200-meter medley relay. Also placing second was the team of Dolby, ninth-grader Andrea Dunrud, Emma Nelson and Chatwin in the 200-meter freestyle relay.
Dunrud took third for Forest Lake in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:14 and third in the 100-meter freestyle. Dolby also recorded a third-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle just over a second behind the first-place finisher and .13 of a second behind second place.
Other third-place finishers on the day included Kroska in the 100-meter butterfly, sophomore Stephanie Brenk in the 100-meter backstroke and junior Karlee Lawrence in the 500-meter freestyle, who was out-touched for second place by just three-tenths of a second.
In the last event of the day the Raiders opted to swim exhibition, but the 400-meter relay team of the Rangers’ sophomore Josephine Hudoba, Wohlk, Brenk and Dunrud would have placed second with a time of 4:10.
The Ranger diving team posted another sweep, despite a last-minute location change request by Roseville. The change also meant that the Rangers were not able to dive in front of their home crowd during Forest Lake’s Senior Night.
“It may seem like a diving board is a diving board,” diving coach Deb Welch said. “But familiarity with a particular board and the surroundings really does matter, so does the adrenaline rush and positive reinforcement of diving in the midst of a swimming and diving competition in front of teammates and a home crowd.”
But location didn’t seem to matter for senior Jessica Dhaene, who led the way for the divers with a first-place finish and personal best of 191.1 points.
Maddi Gemuenden came in at second with 153.45 points, while fellow junior Katie Dison closed the Forest Lake one-two-three punch with a score of 141.25.
Also, Welch was proud to state that last Saturday, the Forest Lake divers and alpine ski team took a group of 39 people to “Feed My Starving Children” under the direction of alpine captain Kellie Welch. The teams boxed enough food to feed 91 children for an entire year, totaling 33,048 meals.
Next on the schedule for the Rangers’ swimming and diving team is a trip to Stillwater Thursday, Oct. 11, to take on the Ponies at 6 p.m.