Girls swimming and diving: Stillwater claims 17th straight JV conference title


The Stillwater girls’ swimming and diving team wrapped up its 17th consecutive JV conference title on Saturday at Stillwater Junior High School.

The Ponies scored 688 points to easily win the five-team afternoon session — the five remaining Suburban East Conference teams competed in an earlier conference meet on Saturday — while East Ridge was the runner-up with 399 points and Mounds View was third at 285.

“It’s a fun meet,” Stillwater coach Brian Luke said. “We try to keep our JV kids engaged all year because they are the future and they do a really super job.”

With 10 teams participating, the JV conference meet is broken up into two separate events — with the top five teams in the varsity standings competing in the afternoon after the other teams competed in the morning session, which was won by Forest Lake.

Stillwater occupied the top spot in 10 of 12 events, including victories in all three relays. The Ponies won the 200 medley relay in 2:04.22, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:50.93 and the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:58.67.

Individual winners for the Ponies included: Alex Howard won the 200 freestyle (2:07.25) and 100 backstroke (1:06.61), Ellie Speedling in the 200 individual medley (2:23.18) and 100 butterfly (1:05.50, Abby Doeksen in the 100 freestyle (58.72), Claire Haws in the 500 freestyle (5:48.99) and Olivia Bloomquist in the 100 breastroke (1:16.78).

The times Haws posted in the 200 and 500 freestyle races both eclipsed the section qualifying standard.

“It was a pretty good performance,” Luke said. “It helps to have a lot of kids and that shows up in that meet.”