Jackets Swim/Dive closes season 6th at 7AAs

The Cambridge-Isanti girls swim & dive squad finished the 2011 season in 6th place at the Nov. 10-12 Section 7AA meet. Forest Lake won the section championship, highlighted by their strong divers sweeping all four top spots and subsequent State berths.

C-I’s Ashley Hiljus placed 11th in the 200 IM (pictured) and 6th in the 100 Backstroke at the Section 7AA finals held in Coon Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones, courtesy of Anoka Co. Union

The Bluejackets had no entrants advance to State but there were close calls. Senior Katie McCann placed 3rd in the 50 Freestyle by a mere 21/100ths off a second and 3rd in the 100 Free, with the top two individual swimmers advancing. Senior Emily Stewart was 5th in Diving, missing out on State by just 27 points.

Fellow Jacket divers Hannah Thiry (8th), Maria Leibel (9th) and Taylor Weeks (12th) all produced off the board at the Northdale Middle School pool on Friday. In Saturday’s swim finals, the C-I Backstroke group of Katie Beauto (5th), Ashley Hiljus (6th), Sydney Johnson (8th) and Anna Sunderman (12th) came through with big team points.

“The girls performed very well– we are a very proud coaching staff,” said C-I Coach Jen Olson. “For Emily being a senior and in her first year diving, taking 5th at sections was a huge accomplishment. It was great to see the number of personal-bests the girls turned in (including Brooke Olson in the 200 and 500 Free, Lauren Nolt in the 100 Fly, Keely Pasch in the 100 Breaststroke, and Olson & Mackenzie Boysen’s legs in the 400 Relay).

Section 7AA Girls Swim & Dive

Team: Forest Lake 314, Andover 298, Blaine 261, Coon Rapids 260, Anoka 253, Cambridge-Isanti 245, Duluth East 233, Champlin Park 216.

  Bluejacket placers: 200 Medley Relay– (Beauto, Dupre, J.Johnson, McCann) 5th 1:58.9.  200 Freestyle– B.Olson 11th 2:12.0.  200 IM– Hiljus 11th 2:29.4; Beauto 13th 2:30.6; Thomas 15th 2:32.3.  50 Freestyle– McCann 3rd 25.3; Boysen 13th 27.5; Vavra 15th 28.0.  Diving– Stewart 5th 329.8; Thiry 8th 309.8; Leibel 9th 289.2; Weeks 12th 256.6.  100 Freestyle– McCann 3rd 57.1; Vavra 15th 1:01.0; Dupre 16th 1:01.2.  500 Freestyle– B. Olson 14th 6:01.0.  200 Freestyle Relay– (Thomas, Vavra, B.Olson, McCann) 3rd 1:46.5.  100 Backstroke– Beauto 5th 1:07.1; Hiljus 6th 1:07.5; S. Johnson 8th 1:08.5; Sundeman 12th 1:09.8.  100 Breaststroke– Thomas 9th 1:15.7; Pasch 15th 1:18.1.  400 Freestyle Relay– (Vavra, Boysen, B.Olson, Dupre) 7th 4:02.2.