Swimming and Diving: Victory helps outlook
Starting this season, Rosemount girls swimming and diving coach Jim Ertl knew his team would evolve as the season went along.
The Irish were a fairly young team, and the lineup would be altered on a routine basis as Ertl learned which events he needed certain swimmers to swim.
Ertl has seen glimpses of excellence from his young swimmers, but is still using the schedule to see what new combinations he might be able to put out there for the season's bigger meets.
Take Tuesday's dual meet against Bloomington Kennedy, for instance.
Rosemount beat the Eagles, 190-46, giving the Irish their first dual-meet victory since the season-opener.
"We are very pleased," Ertl said. "We were trying some kids in some off events and they did very well. We are very happy with that."
Happy to get another team win and happy to see some good swims, but Ertl knows there is room for improvement as they look toward the future.
"We are pretty satisfied, but you always want more," Ertl said. "You don't want to get complacent. The True Team is coming up and we want to do very well at that with so many kids involved."
And Ertl believes there are opportunities for more wins in the remainder of the dual-meet schedule as well.
"We have faced some stronger competition," Ertl said. "You look at the schedule and we have Jefferson and we could have some good results. They might be a team we can swim with. There are some strong lineups."
Good results could be on the way if Rosemount repeats what it did in Tuesday's victory.
Starting the meet off, Claire Tolan, Beth Wenman, McKenzie Tolan and Teija Normandeau combined to place first in the 200-yard medley relay.
Colleen Baker and Lanette Griffith then went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle, with Nicole Floersch adding a fourth-place finish.
"Lanette Griffith had a great meet," Ertl said. "Colleen Baker did well again. All three of them in the 200 had best swims. We scored a lot of points there."
And the points continued to accumulate.
McKenzie Tolan went on to win the 200 individual medley, while Claire Tolan finished in third place.
Tolan then came back to win the 100 freestyle. Floersch placed third.
Normandeau won the 50 freestyle
The Irish went 1-2-3 in diving as Katrina Clayton took first place, followed by Claire Judeh and Dani Walsh.
Wenman won the 100 butterfly with Ashley Williams placing third.
In the 500 freestyle, Baker finished first and Griffith came in second.
"Colleen Baker and Lanette Griffith in the 500, those are almost top-25 all-time times for them and it's not really their event," Ertl said. "They were first and second there in a close race."
Wenman and Claire Tolan finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke.
Katie Heinsen won the 100 breaststroke.
The Irish won the 200 freestyle, and placed first and second in the 400 freestyle.
Baker, Lanette Griffith, Floersch and Wenman combined to take first place.
Elyse Griffith, Andrea Swanson, Claire Tolan, and Rebecca Eggers weren't far behind, touching the wall in second.
"We finally started getting some touches in there," Ertl said of the overall meet. "We had some close relays. It was a lot of fun."
Last week, Rosemount lost to Eagan, 105-79.
McKenzie Tolan won the 200 and 500 freestyle races.
Wenman placed second in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
Floersch and Baker went 2-3 in the 50 freestyle.
The Irish won the 200 freestyle relay with Floersch, Wenman, Normandeau and McKenzie Tolan combining for the top finish.
Lanette Griffith won the 100 backstroke with Elyse Griffith placing second.
The team then won the 400 freestyle relay with McKenzie Tolan, Floersch, Lanette Griffith, and Baker swimming together.
As happy was Ertl is with many of the recent swims, he knows there is room for his young swimmers to grow.
"We have to improve, that's the bottom line," Ertl said.