Girls swimming and diving: Ponies turn back Mounds View


NORTH OAKS — Behind first-place finishes in all 11 swimming events, the Stillwater girls’ swimming and diving team cruised to a 53-46 Suburban East Conference win over Mounds View on Thursday at Chippewa Middle School.

Mary Knaak, Sophia Bisch, Kristin Erf and Claire Rutscher were each double winners for the top-ranked Ponies (5-0 SEC, 7-0), who also occupied the top two spots in four events — a huge advantage with the abbreviated scoring system used for meets conducted in Mounds View’s six-lane pool.

“You’ve got to make sure you have the kids spread out because first place is more of a bonus here than in six-lane scoring,” Ponies coach Brian Luke said. “Your depth becomes borderline useless because you’re only scoring two kids, but that’s the way it is.”

With the 4-3-1 scoring in place, grabbing the top two places in an event provides a six-point swing, which Mounds View did in diving to hold an early advantage prior to the first swimming event taking place.

“They did that to us in diving and it’s hard to go back and if you do that twice it’s 14-2 and there are not many points in the meet. It only takes 50 to win, so you have to be cognizant of that,” Luke said.

Bisch, Erf and Rutscher also competed on two relays apiece as Stillwater swept those three races.

Knaak, who swam on Stillwater’s winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:47.44), won the 200 (2:00.11) and 500 (5:18.97) freestyle events while teammate Kylie Burgess (2:01.06 and 5:20.98) was the runner-up in both events.

Bisch touched the wall first in the 200 individual medley (2:11.92) and finished first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.66. Tiffany Vang (1:02.34) placed second in the butterfly.

Rutscher, meanwhile, prevailed in the 100 freestyle (55.73) and 100 backstroke (1:01.01) races while Erf won the 50 freestyle (25.29) and 100 breastroke (1:08.15). Vang followed in second place in the breastroke with a time of 1:12.08.

“Their distance people and the breastroke are a little thinner than us,” Luke said. “In some events they are pretty good so you don’t want to get too off guard.”


Stillwater 53, Mounds View 46

200 medley relay — 1. Stillwater (Claire Rutscher, Sophia Bisch, Kristin Erf and Sammi Potts) 1:54.12; Stillwater (Abby Kunze, Olivia Bloomquist, Tiffany Vang and Kate Gallagher) DQ.

200 freestyle — 1. Mary Knaak (St) 2:00.11; 2. Kylie Burgess (St) 2:01.06.

200 individual medley — 1. Sophia Bisch (St) 2:11.92; 4. Megan Letkeman (St) 2:27.29.

50 freestyle — 1. Kristin Erf (St) 25.29; 3. Sammi Potts (St) 27.03.

Diving — 1. Kylie Kuether (MV) 215.15; 3. Liz Click (St) 174.95; 4. Morgan Espelien (St) 119.55.

100 butterfly — 1. Sophia Bisch (St) 1:00.66; 2. Tiffany Vang (St) 1:02.34.

100 freestyle — 1. Claire Rutscher (St) 55.73; 4. Sammi Potts (St) 1:00.81.

500 freestyle — 1. Mary Knaak (St) 5:18.97; 2. Kylie Burgess (St) 5:20.98.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Stillwater (Sophia Bisch, Sammi Potts, Kylie Burgess and Kristin Erf) 1:43.21; 3. Stillwater (Tiffany Vang, Miranda Meier, Mary Knaak and Sophie Barnes) 1:46.14.

100 backstroke — 1. Claire Rutscher (St) 1:01.01; 3. Abby Kunze (St) 1:04.19.

100 breastroke — 1. Kristin Erf (St) 1:08.15; 2. Tiffany Vang (St) 1:12.08.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Stillwater (Claire Rutscher, Mary Knaak, Kate Gallagher and Kylie Burgess) 3:47.44; 3. Stillwater (Sophie Barnes, Abby Kunze, Hannah Sneden and Anne Campbell) 3:54.80.