The St. Croix Swim Club competed in the Minnesota State Championships from July 26-29 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, placing fourth overall with 2,277 points.
The only teams scoring more points than the Silver Rays were the Aquajets, Edina Swim Club and Rochester.
Six St. Croix Swim Club athletes captured one or more individual state titles and the Silver Rays also won two relays. Individual state champions included: Jon Busse (Boys 11-12 age group, 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 and 400 freestyle); Sam Larson (Boys 11-12, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 200 IM); Lianna Wood (Girls 11-12, 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke); Mickayla Hinkle (Girls 15-16, 100 backstroke); Mary Knaak (Girls 15-16, 1,500 freestyle); Stephanie LeMire (Girls 15-16, 200 breaststroke).
The Silver Rays also won two relays at the state championships in the girls’ 11-12 age group, including the 200 freestyle relay with Lianna Wood, Asia Neuman, Olivia Bloomquist and Ciana Fragnito and the 400 medley relay with Newman, Wood, Ellie Speedling and Fragnito.
Competing in the 11-12 age group, Jon Busse finished first in the high-point award standings while Sam Larson (boys 11-12) and Lianna Wood (girls 11-12) each placed second in their age groups.
Several swimmers are also Central Zone qualifiers for Team Minnesota, including: Gabriella Baldwin, Madison Berg, Aidan Bloomquist, Olivia Bloomquist, Jesse Busse, Jon Busse, Ciana Fragnito, Abby Kunze, Sam Larson, Asia Neuman, Catherine Nolde, Ellie Speedling and Lianna Wood in the 14-under age group and Brady Anderson, Sophia Bisch, Kylie Burgess, Kristin Erf, Erika Guenther, Steph LeMire, Claire Ruetscher, Emma Stacy and Natalie Wood in the 15-over division.
Mickayla Hinkle is scheduled to represent the SCSC at the Junior National Meet in Indianapolis starting on Aug. 13.
SCSC individual medalists (top 8)
Maggie Kolb (1 event), Gabriella Baldwin (4), Aidan Bloomquist (3), Jon Busse (7), Sam Larson (7), Asia Neuman (5), Ellie Speedling (2), Lianna Wood (7), Brady Anderson (2), Sophia Bisch (4), Kyle Burgess (5), Audrey DeKock (1), Kristin Erf (2), Erika Guenther (1), Mickayla Hinkle (3), Dominic Jankowski (1), Mary Knaak (6), Abby Kunze (1), Max Larson (2), Stephanie LeMire (5), Kayla Maatta (1), Claire Ruetscher (2) and Emma Stacy (1).
10-U girls 200 free (Abigail Hobrough, Catherine Nolde, Sky Dupont and Gabi Baldwin); 10-U girls 200 medley (Catherine Nolde, Sky Dupont, Gabi Baldwin and Abigail Hobrough); 11-12 girls 200 medley (Asia Neuman, Lianna Wood, Ellie Speedling and Ciana Fragnito); 11-12 girls 400 free (Ciana Fragnito, Asia Neuman, Ellie Speedling and Lianna Wood); 11-12 boys 400 medley (Jon Busse, Evan Campbell, Sam Larson and Jon Kranz); 11-12 boys 200 medley (Jon Busse, Evan Campbell, Sam Larson and Jon Kranz); 11-12 boys 200 free (Sam Larson, Jon Kranz, Evan Campbell and Jon Busse); 11-12 boys 400 free (Sam Larson, Johann Noer, Jon Busse and Jon Kranz).
Consolation finalists (top 16)
Maggie Kolb (1 event), Gabriella Baldwin (3), Catherine Nolde (1), Aidan Bloomquist (4), Asia Neuman (1), Ellie Speedling (3), Claire Summary (1), Brady Anderson (5), Joel Berling (2), Sophia Bisch (3), Megan Boonstra (2), Kylie Burgess (2), Jesse Busse (5), Audrey DeKock (3), Kristin Erf (1), Erika Guenther (5), Mickayla Hinkle (3), Dominic Jankowski (2), Austin Kinzie (2), Abby Kunze (1), Max Larson (4), Stephanie LeMire (2), Kayla Maatta (1), Claire Ruetscher (2) and Emma Stacy (2).
Consolation relay finalists
Girls 11-12 medley (Claire Summary, Olivia Bloomquist, Madison Lather and Kelsey Erf); Girls 11-12 400 medley (Summer Jack, Olivia Bloomquist, Madison Lather and Claire Summary); Girls 11-12 200 free (Ellie Speedling, Lauren Christensen, Claire Summary and Kelsey Erf); Girls 11-12 400 free (Claire Summary, Kelsey Erf, Lauren Christensen and Olivia Bloomquist.