Wayzata swimmers are second at Tonka Invitational

Two seniors and two ninth-graders gave Wayzata High’s girls swimming and diving team its No. 1 highlight at the recent Minnetonka Invitational.

Seniors Emma Paulson and Mady North joined ninth-graders Madison Preiss and Anna Petty to win the 200-yard medley relay in a near-record time of 1:49.77. The record of 1:48.80 was set last year by Wayzata.

Preiss, who is one of the up-and-coming swimmers in Minnesota, had a big meet. She won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.19 for a new meet record. She added a second place in the 200-yard individual medley.

Bre Thorne of Eden Prairie edged Paulson, the defending state champion in the 100-yard backstroke, on a touch-out. Thorne swam a time of 58.12 to Paulson’s 58.74. Paulson also picked up a second place in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.89. Petty was third in the 50 free.

Another strong event for the Trojans was 1-meter diving.

Three WHS sophomores, Nicole Fontaine, Val Wollman and Brooke Fontaine placed 2-3-4 behind senior Lexi Tenenbaum of Maple Grove.

Wayzata scored well in the 100-yard butterfly with seniors Mackenzie Merriam and Stephanie Deis placing third and fourth.

Petty added a third place in the 100 freestyle.

Wayzata senior Kirsten Olson was fourth in the 500 freestyle.

The Trojans earned fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle with North, Merriam, Olson and Preiss.

Wayzata closed the meet on a positive note with a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Zoe Tu, Petty, Olson and Paulson posted a time of 3:38.42.

Minnetonka won the meet, amassing 700 points. Wayzata was second with 604.

Other team scores in the eight-school meet were Eden Prairie 480, Maple Grove 194, Armstrong 163, Hopkins 115, Grand Rapids 50 and Fargo South, N.D. 19.