St. Louis Park’s Ostrom ends prep swim career with two bronze medals at state
It is the end of the Ostrom swimming era at St. Louis Park High School.
Sisters Megan and Kathryn Ostrom have played key roles for Oriole girls swimming teams for the past eight seasons.
Megan Ostrom graduated from Park High in 2010 and is now swimming at Georgia Southern University.
Younger sister Kathryn recently concluded her senior prep swimming season.
Ostrom earned bronze medals in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley events at the State Class A Swimming and Diving Meet Nov. 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Ostrom finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 4.77 seconds. She was attempting to win her third consecutive state title in that event.
The Oriole standout was third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.09.
Ostrom was also a member of St. Louis Park’s eighth-place 200 medley relay (1:51.21). Other Oriole relay members were Hannah Hein, Heather Westwood and Sydney Hall.
Ostrom and her St. Louis Park teammates placed 12th in the state Class A standings.
Ostrom expected a tough battle from Albert Lea ninth-grader Lindsey Horejsi as she attempted a state three-peat title performance in the 100 breaststroke.
Horejsi won gold in that event with a Minnesota all-time Class AA and A record time of 1:00.16.
“I knew that her [Horejsi] season-best time in the 100 breaststroke would be difficult to beat at state and she was amazing,” said Ostrom. “It was a tough pace to keep up with.
“Times in all events were faster this year at state than in they have been in the past.”
St. Louis Park head girls swimming coach Jake Schwietering enjoyed coaching both Megan and Kathryn Ostrom over the years.
“This ends the Ostrom era in Park swimming,” said the Oriole coach. “I coached the Ostroms for eight seasons.
“Kathryn had a great six-year career on our varsity swimming team. We could always count on her for wins.”
Ostrom will take her swimming talents to the Division I college level next fall at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
“I wanted to attend school in a warm climate and loved the Wilmington campus on visits last spring and this fall,” said Ostrom.
The St. Louis Park is looking forward to the challenge of competing at the Division I college level.
“I can’t imagine life without swimming,” said Ostrom. “I have been swimming competitively for the past 10 years and developed a love-hate relationship regarding training. I’m excited about getting a chance to swim in college.”
Ostrom, whose parents are Chuck and Nancy, will prepare for her collegiate career by competing for the Edina Swim Club this spring and summer.
“I have been swimming with the Edina Swim Club since I was 7 years-old,” said Ostrom. “I gained valuable experience while training and competing for that swim club.”
Ostrom attained a couple of gold and bronze medals at state during her varsity career. She also attained all-conference and all-state honors during her St. Louis Park prep swimming career.
Ostrom would like to add a few more individual honors to her swimming resume at UNC-Wilmington.