MINNEAPOLIS — Brenna Deason landed in 13th place in her first Class 2A State diving competition Saturday, Nov. 16, at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Deason, who entered Saturday’s finals in 10th place after advancing through the prelims and semifinal rounds Thursday, Nov. 14, scored 79.35 points Saturday.
“She dove all right,” Brainerd diving coach Mary Streiff said. “Her first two dives of finals could have been cleaner, but she hit her third dive and that was the one we were worried about.
“Maybe should could have snuck into 12th place, but the reality of it, that’s where I saw her landing with the dives she had.”
Edina’s Megan Phillip led the entire competition and won the event with 493.55 points.
Deason and Izzy Smith, who also qualified for the state diving, are both freshman and already looking ahead to next season.
“Diving in the finals in the state meet against the best divers in the state should really elevate Brenna’s thought process of where she wants to be next year,” Strieff said. “She and Izzy were already talking about things they wanted to do this summer to get better and get stronger in diving. They were doing this even though they both have two more sports to compete in this year as they are both three-sport athletes.
“It’s a big accomplishment for a freshman to have that type of experience.”
For the fourth straight time, the foursome of Ella Rausch, Lindy Welinski, Layla Waltman and Rachel Josephson broke the Little Falls Flyers school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay and finished 12th in the Class 1A State Meet.
The Flyers relay swam a 3:42.03 in Friday’s prelims, but in Saturday’s finals the group posted a 3:41.33 to move up one spot and finish 12th overall and fourth in the Consolation Championship. Breck won the consolation relay with a 3:37.71.
Hutchinson posted a new state record time of 3:26.41 to win the event.
“They set a new school record each time at sections and at state,” Flyers head coach Tim Corbett said. “The new school record stands at 3:41.33 which is a drop of .70 from the record they set in prelims of 3:42.03. The girls just kept on setting a new goal after each new record.
“They went into the state meet seeded 16th in the relay and the top 16 swim in finals. They moved up to 13th in prelims and bettered that in finals by placing 12th. The interesting thing to me is that two different girls on the relay had breakout swims in both races (prelims and finals). The girls did a great job of picking each other up and making the difference. If one girl was a little off (and it was only a little), another girl stepped up and swam faster. It shows how well they swim together and work for each other.”