Girls swimming and diving: Ponies cap another unbeaten dual meet campaign


WOODBURY — The Stillwater girls’ swimming and diving team polished off another unbeaten dual meet campaign after posting a 97-81 Suburban East Conference victory over East Ridge on Wednesday at Woodbury Middle School.

The Ponies (9-0 SEC, 11-0), who secured their 10th consecutive conference championship outright, have won 101 consecutive dual meets dating back to the 2003 season opener — and 87 straight in the SEC since 2002.

“It was a good, successful year,” Ponies coach Brian Luke said. “From the beginning to the end, the girls showed tremendous improvement — I thought one of the more improved teams we’ve had lately.”

Stillwater finished first in 10 of 12 events against the Raptors and occupied the top three spots in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Sophia Bisch (200 and 500 freestyle), Claire Rutscher (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) and Kristin Erf (50 freestyle and 100 breastroke) each won two events for the Ponies.

The Ponies also swept all three relays, with Rutscher, Erf, Tiffany Vang and Kylie Burgess winning the 200 medley relay in 1:54.70 — one of four pool records the Ponies set on Wednesday. Erf also set a pool record in the 50 free (25.38), Rutscher did the same in the backstroke (1:00.66) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Kate Gallagher, Bisch, Rutscher and Sophie Barnes set the new pool standard at 3:43.56.

“It was actually pretty competitive coming off that True Team (state meet), you never know what you’re going to get four days later, but they did a nice job with it,” Luke said.

It was also the last chance for the Ponies to make their case for individual all-conference honors and Sammi Potts was one of those who took advantage while turning in an impressive time of 1:03.58 in the JV heat of the 100 butterfly.

“Potts was not in the mix before the meet, but she solidified that and a few others got close,” Luke said. “Megan Letkeman in the back hopefully will make it and Kate Gallagher.”

Stillwater is scheduled to host the JV conference meet on Nov. 3 and the Section 4AA meet on Nov. 8-10.

n Also on Wednesday, the Stillwater JV team recorded a 123-41 victory over the Raptors.


Stillwater 97, East Ridge 81

200 medley relay — 1. Stillwater (Claire Rutscher, Kristin Erf, Tiffany Vang and Kylie Burgess) 1:54.70; 3. Stillwater (Megan Letkeman, Megan Weaver, Abby Kunze and Robyn Doughty) 1:59.79.

200 freestyle — 1. Sophia Bisch (St) 2:00.34; 3. Sophie Barnes (St) 2:04.48; 4. Hannah Sneden (St) 2:06.38.

200 individual medley — 1. Kylie Burgess (St) 25.38; 2. Mary Knaak (St) 2:17.64; 3. Kate Gallagher (St) 2:21.82.

50 freestyle — 1. Kristin Erf (St) 25.38; 2. Sammi Potts (St) 26.41; 4. Miranda Meier (St) 26.56.

Diving — 1. Olivia Burleigh (ER) 194.45; 2. Liz Click (St) 190.40; 3. Morgan Espelien (St) 172.75; 5. Olivia Knox (St) 113.90.

100 butterfly — 1. Claire Rutscher (St) 1:02.19; 2. Lauren Quickel (St) 1:04.55; 3. Mary Knaak (St) 1:05.83.

100 freestyle — 1. Taylor Johnson (ER) 57.14; 2. Kate Gallagher (St) 57.18; 3. Tiffany Vang (St) 57.49; 4. Ava Howard (St) 57.80.

500 freestyle — 1. Sophia Bisch (St) 5:15.11; 3. Sophie Barnes (St) 5:32.06; 4. Abby Kunze (St) 5:33.48.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Stillwater (Kristin Erf, Sophia Bisch, Mary Knaak and Abby Kunze) 1:43.10; 3. Stillwater (Miranda Meier, Sophie Barnes, Lauren Elowson and Tiffany Vang) 1:48.20.

100 backstroke — 1. Claire Rutscher (St) 1:00.66; 2. Kylie Burgess (St) 1:01.07; 3. Megan Letkeman (St) 1:03.48.

100 breastroke — 1. Kristin Erf (St) 1:08.45; 2. Tiffany Vang (St) 1:11.97; 4. Megan Weaver (St) 1:16.37.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Stillwater (Kate Gallagher, Sophia Bisch, Claire Rutscher and Sophie Barnes) 3:43.56; 2. Stillwater (Sammi Potts, Megan Letkeman, Hannah Sneden and Ava Howard) 3:54.10.