Shakopee makes waves in conference waters | Shakopee Sports


The Shakopee Women’s Swim Team shared their first South Suburb Conference duels this fall.

The Sabers’ two victories are against Lakeville South (94-86) and Lakeville North (93-85), while their two losses are against the only two class AA ranked teams in the SSC.

Shakopee lost 99-86 to No.8-ranked Farmington to open the season on September 2 and fell 102-84 to No.6 at Prior Lake on September 23.

The Sabers were 5-4 in league playoffs last season. It was the highest mark in the program in his eight years with the SSC. The five double wins are the most important the team have won in the last 15 seasons.

Shakopee coach Jenny Carlson believes her team once again have the talent to improve on last year’s SSC record, while also qualifying more relays and individuals for the State Class AA competition. This will be held Nov. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

There was no state competition last fall due to COVID-19. If there had been, the Sabers would have qualified in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle relays, while junior Haley Zelen would have qualified for two events, the 100 and the 200 freestyle.

Zelen has had a good start to the season against Farmington. She set a pool record in the 100 butterfly, winning with a time of 57.22.

Zelen beat the old pool mark of 57.79 set by Zoe Avestruz of Chanhassen in 2013. Avestruz was a three-time Class AA 100 butterfly state champion for the Storm.

In the duel with Prior Lake, Zelen went even faster by winning the 100 butterfly (57.04). The state outage time in this event is 58.35.

Shakopee and Prior Lake each won six duel events. However, the Lakers won two of the three stints and had a bit more depth than the Sabers.

The Lakers have won 31 straight SSC duels over the past three seasons and more.

Zelen, junior Amélie Girard, sophomore Adriana Gorter and ninth year Arianna Zelen won the 200 QN relay (1: 50.54) for Shakopee.

Giard dominated the 200 IM (2: 15.49), while Arianna Zelen won the 50 freestyle (24.57) and the 100 freestyle (53.60).

The Sabers took the top two places in diving. Ninth year Elizabeth Leisure won with 180.15 points, while junior Grace VanSickle was second (158.45).

Second for Shakopee went to Haley Zelen in the 200 freestyle (1: 55.1), ninth Olivia Wimberger in the 100 breaststroke (1: 10.80), Wimberger’s 200 freestyle team, Gorter, ninth Julia Todd and seventh-year student Karlie Schumacher (1: 46.66) and the 400 freestyle team of sisters Zelen, Girad and sophomore Erika Schroeder (3: 38.10).

Seventh-year Lexi Tipple was third in the 500 freestyle (5: 43.01) for the Sabers, as was Schroeder in the 100 backstroke (1: 03.12).

Shakopee’s final SSC duel will take place on October 26 at home against Eastview. The Section 2AA meeting will take place November 10-12.

Last fall, Shakopee missed four swimmers from sectional competition due to his quarantine. They’ll need everyone this season, as Section 2AA got a lot stronger last April when the Minnesota State High School League reclassified sections for all sports.

Perennial power Edina is now on the ground, along with Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Prior Lake, Chanhassen, Chaska and Bloomington Jefferson are still on the ground.

Edina has won the last four Class AA State Team titles and seven of the last 10. Four teams from Section 2AA are also currently ranked, No.1 Minnetonka, No.3 Edina, No.5 Eden Prairie and the Lakers.

“Last season in the sections, four of our top varsity girls were quarantined which caused us to run out of points in eight races,” said Carlson. “Still, we still scored 71 points, more than the season before. We also had 10 girls in the top 16, and most were actually in the top eight.

“We’re very excited to see what the girls will do with a full section team competing,” added Carlson.

The winning relay, the first two individual swimmers and the first four divers make up the State Platoon of the Eight Sections. The other way to do this is to respect the state’s cut-off time.

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