Madison Preiss and Carly Quast combined for 5 state titles and an all-time state record as Wayzata High School picked up the Minnesota Class AA state title Friday night.
That state record came in the very first event, where Quast and Preiss made up the front half of the fastest 200 medley relay in state history.
Quast led off in 25.16 and Preiss swam the breaststroke leg in 28.36, both the fastest in the field for their respective strokes, as Wayzata went 1:41.57. Closing down the relay were Alexis Schaaf (24.85 fly) and Colleen Donlin (23.20).
Preiss would go on to break the Class AA record in the 200 IM with a 2;01.00. She outsplit the field on fly and back, but really stung the competition with a 35.15 breaststroke split to pick up that state title and record. Late in the meet, her third title came in the 100 breast where she was 1:02.18.
Preiss, a senior, will join Class A breaststroke champ Lindsey Horejsi on the Minnesota Golden Gopher roster next season.
Quast, who is a junior, pulled a tough early double, coming off the 200 medley relay to win the very next event, the 200 free. Her 1:47.95 blew out the field by three seconds and just missed both the Class AA and all-time state records.
Quast, too, won another event late, going 54.04 in the 100 back.
The other state record to fall was the 50 free, where Edina’s Rachel Wittmer blasted a 22.54 to shatter Class AA and all-time state marks. Wittmer, a junior, elected not to defend her state title in the 100 free, instead opting for the 100 fly. The decision was a good one, as Wittmer won the fly title in 53.99.
The points battle was a three-team struggle, with Wayzata, Minnetonka and Edina each taking a relay win.
Edina looked to have both free relay titles, but had their 200 free relay disqualified after touching first. That bumped Minnetonka into the state championship, and ultimately ahead of Edina in the points battle. Minnetonka’s team of Sophie Levy (23.95), Tru Walor (23.66), Anna Justinak (23.14) and Riley Donlin (23.09) combined to go 1:33.84 outpacing Wayzata late for the title.
Edina rode the sprinting talents of Wittmer to the 400 free relay title. Wittmer was a blazing 22.49 on the end of that DQ’d 200 free relay, but was arguably more impressive on the 400, where she anchored in 49.35. Ashley Post (52.29), Kelli McCarthy (51.00) and Raime Jones (50.84) manned the first three legs as Edina went 3:23.48.
Other event winners:
- Roseville sophomore Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith put up 442.05 points to win 1-meter diving, just edging out Andrianna Jacobs of Rochester Century (440.40).
- Andover’s Bella Smits took home the 100 free title in 50.40, denying Edina’s Jones (50.78) the win.
- Edina did win the 500 free, though, with sophomore Kelli McCarthy going 4:56.91 to win from all the way out in lane 1.
Top 5 Teams:
- Wayzata – 315.5
- Minnetonka – 256
- Edina – 246
- Stillwater – 160
- Lakeville South – 137.5