Thomsen qualifies for state in diving

The New Prague Trojan swim and dive team competed at the Section 1A meet Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 6 and 8, at the Rochester Rec Center, and while the team finished low in the standings, the Trojans did get one state qualifier.

Britin Thomsen, a junior, placed second in diving to advance to the state meet. Diving prelimiaries will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at noon at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, with semifinals later that day. Finals for diving will be Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“We are so proud of Britin and her accomplishments this season,” Trojan coach Jennifer Ongie-Jindra said.

This will be Thomsen’s second appearance at the state meet. She qualified as a freshman in 2011, placing 10th at the state meet.

The Trojans had one other athlete qualify for the finals at the section meet. Lilly Schulte placed 15th in the 100 butterfly with a personal best of 1 minute, 6.99 seconds. Schulte also placed 23rd in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:19.70, which earned her the top time for the season within the team.

The Trojan relay teams dropped even more time at finals, after swimming their fastest times of the season during the Wednesday prelims. New Prague placed 11th in both the 200 medley relay (Jewel Luckow, Sarah Helvick, Schulte, and Sydney Anderson) and the 200 freestyle relay (Lindsey Vogel, Abby Kallal, Schulte, and Anderson) each recording their best times of the season. The 400 Freestyle relay (Vogel, Luckow, Abby Sirek and Kallal) placed 12th, dropping 11 seconds from Wednesday.

Other top individuals: • Luckow placed 31st in the 200 freestyle, and 32nd in the 100 backstroke.

• Katherine Reyant placed 32nd in the 200 Individual Medley, and 34th in the 100 backstroke.

• Helvick placed 36th in the 500 freestyle, and 33rd in the 100 Breaststroke.

• Anderson placed 36th in the 50 Freestyle, and 36th in the 100 freestyle.

• Kallal placed 41st in the 50 Freestyle, and 39th in the 100 freestyle.

Besides Thomsen, the Trojans’ other divers all had good showings. Diving Madison Reinke placed 35th, Bella Schulte placed 25th and Ashley Nye was 24th. “This section was very competitive and had a large number of section finalists make state cuts in each event,” Ongie-Jindra said. “There were many records broken in our section. The meet was held at the Rochester Recreation Center which is well known for its fast water.”

Visitation won the section championship, scoring 488 team points. Mankato West was second with 323, followed by Albert Lea (293), Faribault (256), Northfield (196), St. Peter (182), Austin (135), Simley (92), Bloomington Kennedy (72), Red Wing (67), Mankato East (64) and New Prague (53).