2022 Minnesota Girls HS State: Visitation Wins 13th 1A Title, Edina Reclaims 2A Title

Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Girls State Championship

  • November 16 – 18, 2022
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Full Results:

The 2022 MSHSL Girls State Swimming Championship was held this past weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

In class 1A, Visitation dominated the team standings. With a score of 397 points, they won their ninth consecutive title, and thirteenth title since 2005. Second place was Delano, who scored 194.5 points.

In a much tighter team race, Edina topped Minnetonka as a result of the final event. Going into the last relay, Edina needed a minimum of a 6th place finish to tie Minnetonka in the team standings. Edina ended up 3rd in the 400 freestyle relay, and claimed their fifth title since 2016.

Top 5 Teams (1A):

  1. Visitation – 397
  2. Delano – 194.5
  3. Mound Westonka-Holy Family – 168
  4. Orono – 122.5
  5. Blake School – 113

Top 5 Teams (2A):

  1. Edina – 260
  2. Minnetonka – 254
  3. Wayzata – 219.5
  4. Stillwater – 177.5
  5. Shakopee – 136

Class 1A Recap:

Visitation scored a total of 68 points in the 500 alone, as Ella Passe led the team in a 1-2-3-4 finish. Passe, a Duke commit, finished first with a time of 5:00.44, while teammates Elizabeth Burke (5:05.51), Tessa Lindstrom (5:06.56), and Maggie Farley (5:07.10) followed. Farley’s swim was a personal best by over a second. 

Passe also won the 200 free in a new personal best time of 1:51.38, beating Saint Peter’s Hannah Denzer by over two seconds (1:53.40).

Visitation’s Anna Farley was their only other individual winner, as she defended her title in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.55. A. Farley, a Villanova commit, was trailing Mound Westonka-Holy Family’s Catherine Dueck by a few tenths at the halfway point. Farley out-split her the second half of the race, as Dueck finished 2nd with a 2:05.88. Dueck’s swim was another three second drop from her personal best after already setting one in prelims by a second. 

Blake junior Carly Bixby was another double event winner. The Auburn commit posted a best time of 54.53 to win the 100 fly by over two seconds ahead of A. Farley (56.74). She also won the 100 back in a best time of 54.81, beating Piper Crosby (56.99) by over two seconds. 

Adalynn Biegler, an eighth grader from Monticello, swept the sprint events. She won the 50 free with a new best time of 23.14, well ahead of second-place Jaylyn Storm (23.85). She followed that up with a win in the 100 free, beating Crosby by 0.63 hundredths to win in 51.28. Both of Biegler’s times marked new personal bests, as she dropped about a tenth from her prelims time in the 50 and a half second from her 100. 

Visitation won the second two relays, while Mound Westonka-Holy Family took the first. Their team of Dueck (27.16), Kate Johnston (29.13), Camille Ness (27.45), and Storm (23.68) combined to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.67. 

Visitation edged Mound Westonka-Holy Family by about half a second in the 200 freestyle relay, as Katie Miller (24.72), Burke (24.40), Passe (23.86), and M. Farley (24.03) posted a 1:37.01. Dueck, who anchored Mound Westonka-Holy Family’s 3rd place relay, had the fastest split of the event with a 23.60.

In the 400 free relay, Miller (52.68), Burke (52.84), Passe (52.28), and A. Farley (52.57) combined to win by almost six seconds with a time of 3:30.37. Bixby, who anchored the Blake School’s 4th place relay, posted the fastest split of the event with a 50.62.

Class 2A Recap:

Katie McCarthy, a Minnesota commit, led the way for Edina as she won two individual events. Her first win came in the 200 IM, where she narrowly beat Wayzata’s Claire Reinke to post a time of 2:03.10. McCarthy out-split Reinke by just over a quarter of a second to overtake her in the final 50. Reinke’s swim was a two second drop from her personal best she set in prelims. 

Reinke, who is also a Minnesota commit, later won the 100 fly. She set a personal best time of 53.62 to beat Minnetonka’s Annabelle Wentzel, who finished 2nd in a best time of 53.80. 

Edina went 1-2 in the 500, with McCarthy leading the way in a 4:55.46. Edina freshman Frances Muir took second in a new personal best of 4:57.18, well ahead of third place Holly Lenarz (5:00.13). Lenarz dropped about a second from her best time, which she set in prelims the previous day. 

Minnetonka’s lone individual event winner, junior Paige Dillon, won the 100 free by a tenth over Lakeville North’s Izzy Satterlee. Dillon, a UNC commit, touched the wall in a new personal best time of 50.86. Satterlee’s swim was also a personal best, as she shaved off about half a second from her prelims time. 

Minnetonka won the first relay of the meet, with Wentzel (25.98), Rylie Ulett (29.68), Maggie Rhodes (24.99), and Dillon combing to win the 200 medley relay in a 1:43.75, over a second faster than their prelims swim. Lily Van Heel, who later won the 100 back, had the fastest 50 backstroke of the field for St. Michael-Albertville with a 25.38. 

Edina won the 200 freestyle relay, with the quartet of Ella Hall (23.92), Anna Schrag (24.04), Libbi McCarthy (23.34), and K. McCarthy (23.30) combining for a 1:34.50. As the anchor for Minnetonka, Wentzel posted the fastest split in the event with a 22.99. 

The final event of the meet, which determined the final team standings, was the 400 freestyle relay. Minnetonka’s team of Dillon (51.49), Rhodes (52.80), Aralyn Vogel (53.21), and Wentzel (50.78), combined for a winning time of 3:28.28. 

Edina needed to match their seed of 6th place to tie Minnetonka for the team title. Instead, their team of Audrey Peterson (53.50), Schrag (52.90), Macy Malinski (53.91), and L. McCarthy (51.01) took 3rd in a time of 3:31.32 and reclaimed the team title. 

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12 days ago

Still can’t understand why Visitation doesn’t upgrade to AA. A little competition is good for a team. Probably don’t want the domination to end.