Girls’ swim places 15th at State, wins podium spot in 200 Free Relay


Tyler Metz

Senior captain Maria Satre got 11th in each of her individual events and the 400 yard freestyle relay, as well as 5th in the 200 yard freestyle relay, in the last meet of her high school swimming career.

The BSM girls’ swim team earned 15th Place at the Finals of the State A Meet on Friday, November 18, at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis.  After all swimmers and relays that qualified for State swam well enough on Thursday at Prelims to advance to Finals on Friday, the team had at least one top 16 finish in each freestyle event.

The meet started off with senior captain Madison Semler placing 15th in the 200 yard freestyle after swimming a time of 1:59.92.  Two events later, senior captain Maria Satre swam a season-best 24.63 in the 50 yard freestyle to earn 11th Place in that event.

After the diving break, Satre earned 11th in her second individual event–the 100 yard freestyle–by going 54.14.  In the next event, Semler earned her second 15th place finish of the meet, this time in the 500 yard freestyle, in which she went 5:21.70.

After qualifying for the Championship Final on Thursday in the 200 yard freestyle relay, the team of Satre, Semler, and sophomores Ava Schieffert and Malinda Beason placed 5th in the event and earned a spot on the All-State podium, by going 1:39.50.  Later, in the last event of the meet, Satre, Semler, Schieffert, and sophomore Elle Dickey together placed 11th in the 400 yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:40.84.

Thursday and Friday represented the last of six consecutive State Meet appearances for Semler, while Satre has swum in the State Meet each of the last three seasons.  This year’s other three State qualifiers still have a couple of more years to go for the Red Knights, ensuring that the team will continue to have a strong presence at the State Meet for years to come.