FL swimmers make waves at Park

The Forest Lake girls swimming and diving team picked up a big win, 105-76, on the road over Park on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Picking up points in the 200-yard medley relay was the team of juniors Jessica Walker, Rachel Chatwin, Rocci Wohlk and sophomore Emma Dolby with a first-place finish in 2:08.60.

The relay squad of Chatwin, Dolby, ninth-grader Emma Nelson and eighth-grader Kenzie Klein also took first place with a time of 1:49.08 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning by more than five seconds in the event.

Sophomore Andrea Dunrud, senior Karlee Lawrence and junior Kristin Stomberg were a one-two-three punch in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 2:12.12, 2:13.56 and 2:14.35, respectively.

Forest Lake also took the top three spots in the 200-yard individual medley with Wohlk leading the way in 2:36.46, followed by juniors Stephanie Brenk (2:42.50) and Jordyn Templeton (2:42.54).

Klein took first place in the 50-yard freestyle sprint with a time of 27.16 with junior Josephine Hudoba adding points in third place at 27.66.

Wohlk represented the Rangers with flying colors in the 100-yard butterfly by clinching first place with a time of 1:11.96, nearly four seconds ahead of the opposition.

Chatwin flew in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.56, good for first place in the event. Klein followed with a third-place finish in 59.05.

The distance trio of Dunrud, Lawrence and Stomberg took places 1-3, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle. Dunrud led in 5:57.21, followed by Lawrence in 5:57.85 and Stomberg at 6:06.73.

The Rangers clinched the win when Walker (1:11.47), Hudoba (1:14.97) and Brenk (1:15.39) delivered a one-two-three performance of their own in the 100-yard backstroke.

Head coach Kim Jones said she was proud of her team for getting a big win.

“It was very important,” Jones said. “It helped boost our self-esteem in being able to compete against and beat teams we can beat.”

In diving, Forest Lake suffered a blow when senior Maddi Gemuenden sustained a concussion in early September after hitting her head on the diving board during a dive at Mounds View. The captain is out indefinitely.

With Gemuenden’s absence last Thursday, eighth-grader Val Patterson and Dani Sardeson stepped up to take fourth and fifth place in the one-meter event. Patterson scored 111.65 points while Sardeson earned 110.40.

Looking ahead, the Rangers take on Hastings on the road at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Jones said her team is gearing for a good conference team.

“We are working really hard in practice this whole week and work on getting our endurance up so we’re not as tired at the end of our meets.”