Visitation Girls Claim 10th Straight Minnesota High School State Title (Class A)

2023 MSHSL GIRLS SWIM & DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS (CLASS A)

  • November 16-18, 2023
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Full Results
  • AA Recap

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Girls Swimming and Diving Championship (Class A) was hosted last weekend at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Visitation decisively defended their team title for the tenth year in a row, making it their 14th overall. 

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Visitation – 253
  2. Orono – 186
  3. Monticello – 176
  4. Breck School – 157
  5. Delano – 154

Visitation’s team victory was fueled mainly by their depth, as they only secured one event win. Delivering that win was junior Katie Miller, a Colgate commit, who claimed the individual title in the 500 with a time of 5:03.22 in finals. 

Mound Westonka’s Catherine Dueck and Monticello’s Adalynn Biegler both went two-for-two on winning their individual events.

Dueck, a San Diego recruit, collected victories in the 100 breast and 200 IM, events that she was the runner-up in last year. She opened with the 200 IM, hitting a best time of 2:03.22 to clear the field by over three seconds. She then notched a personal best time of 1:02.99 in the 100 breast, which is nearly a second under what she recorded at this meet a year ago.

Biegler swept the sprint freestyle races for the second year in a row. She dipped below 23-seconds for the first time in her career en route to winning the 50 (22.80), then clocked a best time of 50.25 to take the 100.

Carly Bixby from the Blake School successfully defended her title in the 100 fly. The Auburn commit logged a season best of 54.90, which is just shy of what she won the event with in 2022. 

Orono won both freestyle relays, as the quartet of Elle Davis, Lila James, Mallory Knutson, and Graycin Andreen kicked things off with a combined time of 1:36.93 in the 200. Lola Schottler took James’ place in the 400, where Orono clocked a 3:34.16 to narrowly beat the Blake School in 2nd (3:34.55).

Andreen, a sophomore, won the 200 freestyle individually in 1:50.77. Her swim improves on her 4th-place finish from last season but is just a few hundredths off of her personal best from March.

Other Event Winners:

  • Austin’s Alayna Kennedy, a junior, topped the standings in 1-meter diving with a total of 432.45 points. 
  • The 100 backstroke went to Piper Crosby, who logged a personal best time of 54.78 to beat defending champion Carly Bixby by a few tenths of a second (55.10).
  • The Breck School opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, as the team of Crosby, Ava Allingham, Evelyn Allen, and Greta Wilson combined for a 1:46.63.

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Jaguar
3 months ago

Visitation should have moved to Class AA 10 years ago. Not sure how this can be fun for anyone in Class A and most importantly how can it be fun for Visitation.

Admin
Reply to  Jaguar
2 months ago

Yeah winning sucks man. I’m sure they hate it.

Swimpop
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Ha ha ha, someone is a little spicy this morning.

Jaguar
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Obviously not even worth arguing this one with you.

Admin
Reply to  Jaguar
2 months ago

Obviously.

A Former MN Swim Coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Visitation should move up…similar to what St. Thomas Hockey did a few years back. They made the move to Class AA after dominating Class A for many years. They had nothing left to prove. I remember the coach saying it was time to climb a different mountain and get a new view from a place they hadn’t been before. I respected that decision.

Former Big10
Reply to  A Former MN Swim Coach
2 months ago

Braden would HATE to find out about Shattuck-St. Mary…