Otter swimmers claim victory at home [UPDATED]Published 9:13am Friday, September 13, 2013 Updated 11:13am Friday, September 13, 2013
Youth has never been an obstacle for head Otter swim coach Tom Uvaas, and his group of underclassmen are proving to be strong again this year.
But, as always, senior leadership has also been key to a successful year.
Those themes held true Thursday night as the Otters topped St. Cloud Apollo in a dual at their home pool, 99 to 85. With a series of top finishes already this season, Otter senior Abby Fisher continued to prove why she’s taken the leadership role with two first place finishes against the Eagles.
Fisher led the group in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 100 yard backstroke, where she swam to top times of 1:03.67 and 1:03.17, respectively.
Fisher wasn’t the only one to collect points for the Otters, as the team relied on the depth of its underclass to finish with the lead.
Dani Ross continued what has been a notable junior year with two first place finishes in the 50 yard freestyle (26.70) and the 100 yard freestyle (58.01).
In the 100 yard breaststroke, the Otter swept the top three spots with sophomore Emilie Reard in first (1:14.29), freshman Hattie Koeckeritz in second (1:20.66) and junior Kayla Hexum in third (1:26.26). Reard also swam to a first place finish in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:27.14.
Junior Summer Kalenberg finished behind Reard in the 200 IM, earning third with a time of 2:39.08. Kalenberg also finished in second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:09.96.
Freshman Jade Emery provided two solid finishes with a second in the 500 freestyle (6:24.09) and a third in the 200 freestyle (2:18.89).
Senior Emily Hauck contributed a third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:11.41 and freshman Caitlin Hexum earned third in the 500 freestyle (6:34.01).
The Otters found success in their relay events as well. The team of Hauck, Reard, Fisher and Ross finished in the top spot of the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:59.20. The team of Kalenberg, Koeckeritz, Rachel Johnson and Caitlyn Colbeck finished third (2:10.90).
The team of Emery, Johnson, Koeckeritz and Hexum took second in the 200 freestyle (1:55.91) and the team of Ingrid Nycklemoe, Alise Werner, Kayla Hexum and Erika Bauer winished third (2:07.73).
In the diving events, eight-grader Camryn Appert led the Otters with a third place finish in the one meter dive, scoring a 130.25.
“Great team victory,” Uvaas said following the meet. “Everyone contributed – very happy for the girls.”
The Otters will be back in the pool again on Thursday, Oct. 3 when they host Alexandria at 6 p.m.