Synchrhonized swimming: Ogaard chosen Most Valuable Athlete for state runner-ups

For the second year in a row, Sophie Ogaard was named the Most Valuable Athlete for the state runner-up Stillwater synchronized swimming team.

Sophie Ogaard

The junior was one of four Ponies to receive all-conference honors for a team that finished with a 5-0-1 dual meet record to win the East Metro Conference championship. Stillwater held off Forest Lake 190-186 to win the East Section Meet before finishing second at state for the 14th year in a row.

The Ponies have won 196 of 198 dual meets dating back to 1989.

Stillwater’s Grace Gualtieri, Anna Koenning and Grace Zimmer joined Ogaard in earning all-conference honors while teammates Linnea Coltvet, Grace Henke and Mamie Thrall were honorable mention all-conference selections.

Ogaard and Zimmer also received all-state honors for the second year in a row. Gualtieri and Thrall garnered Senior All-Academic recognition.

In addition to their success in the pool, the Ponies also earned a Silver Academic Award for carrying an average grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Also announced at the team’s postseason awards banquet is that Koenning, Ogaard and Zimmer will serve as captains for next year’s squad.

Synchronized swimming

All-Conference: Grace Gualtieri, Anna Koenning, Sophie Ogaard and Grace Zimmer; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Linnea Coltvet, Grace Henke and Mamie Thrall; All-State: Sophie Ogaard and Grace Zimmer; Senior All-Academic: Grace Gualtieri and Mamie Thrall; Most Valuable Athlete: Sophie Ogaard; Captains elect: Anna Koenning, Sophie Ogaard and Grace Zimmer.

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