Synchro takes fourth at state

The trio of sophomore Stephanie Brenk (left), ninth-grader Andrea Dunrud (middle) and ninth-grader Rachel Chatwin perform their extended division routine. Photo by Kat Ladwig

The trio of sophomore Stephanie Brenk (left), ninth-grader Andrea Dunrud (middle) and ninth-grader Rachel Chatwin perform their extended division routine. Photo by Kat Ladwig

 

The Forest Lake girls synchronized swimming closed its season by taking fourth place at the state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center last week.

The Rangers placed nine of 15 routines in the top seven, with ninth-grader Andrea Dunrud taking home an All-State honor.

“This was a rebuilding year for us, and the future looks bright,” head coach Laura Davison said. “This is a huge honor for her (Dunrud) to earn, especially as a ninth grader. She had been working towards this goal for many years and all her hard work paid off.”

Dunrud took fourth in the solo extended division, as well as fourth in the trio extended division with teammates sophomore Rachel Chatwin and sophomore Stephanie Brenk.

Placing in the top three for Forest Lake was the short division trio of eighth-graders Paige Ewert and Mika Peterson and sophomore Rachel Springman as well as the short division team of ninth-grader Elizabeth Blount, Ewert, eighth-graders Megan Palmer, Dani Sardeson and Michelle Perkins, Peterson, Springman and ninth-grader Emma Stockinger. Ewert also earned fourth place in the short division solo and sixth place in figures.

Jessie Dison, Haley Schoonover and Jessica Walker earned a top-four spot in the long division trio, while the extended team of Brenk, Chatwin, sophomore Lindsey Crohn,  Dunrud, junior Karlee Lawrence, senior Randi Rossbach and sophomores Haley Schoonover and Jessica Walker also placed fourth.

Other noteworthy performances included Peterson and Palmer with a fifth-place finish in short division duets, seventh by Peterson in the short division figures and eighth by Crohn in the long division solo.

The Rangers went 4-2 this year, losing only to Stillwater. Davison said that, overall, it was a great showing and season for her young team.

“We ended our season with great swims by the girls, which is exactly what we strive for,” Davison said. “When looking back on this season, I could not be more proud to coach this team of wonderful young women.”

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