Mayo-Red Wing Girls Swimming (copy)

Annie Wu flashes her form while swimming in the 200-yard individual medley for Mayo during the 2018 season. Wu, who was All-Conference last season, will be a junior for Mayo this year.

LOOKING BACK AT 2018

CLASS AA: Century captured the Section 1AA title last season as the Panthers nipped Farmington and Lakeville North in the section meet. Mayo placed sixth in the eight-team section and John Marshall was eighth. The three Rochester schools — Century, John Marshall and Mayo — hope to have more of an impact at the state level this year. None of the three were able to place in the top 16 at the state meet and score any team points. Century did manage to qualify a pair of relays and three individuals to the state meet.

CLASS A: Northfield won the Section 1A team title while Mankato West was the runner-up. Red Wing was sixth in the 11-team meet and Austin was 10th. Red Wing had a bigger impact at the Class A state meet. Red Wing had a pair of top-six finishes at state as Cecelia DeJong was third in the 100 butterfly and the 200 medley relay placed sixth. That earned the Wingers 42 points at the state meet and a tie for 14th place. Red Wing has four state qualifiers back in senior Grace O'Brien, juniors DeJong and Sammy Kriese and sophomore Teegan Beyers. Austin does not return any state qualifiers.

LOOKING AT 2019

CENTURY

Head co-coaches: Dale and Megan Magnuson.

Assistant coaches: Joscelyn Martin, Lori Rogers, Brett Maronde (diving), Allison Bjork.

Last season: The Panthers finished 8-1 in dual meets and went on to win both the Big Nine Conference meet and Section 1AA championships.

Top Returners: Avery Severson (All-Conference), Liliann Linden (All-Conference, state qualifier), Megan Bauerle  (All-Conference, state qualifier), Morgan Kram (All-Conference, state qualifier), Carly Tautges (All-Conference, state qualifier), Liana Wiepert (All-Conference, state qualifier), Paige Patten (All-Conference), Mia Cuccio (state qualifier), Kenzie Below, Molly Engel, Ella Killinger.

Top newcomers: Emily Garrison, Katie Homme, Briget Harms, Paige Manguson, Elena Kesselring.

2019 outlook: The Panthers should be primed for a strong year. They have five seniors back who earned relay state berths a year ago in Wiepert, Kram, Bauerle, Tautges and Cuccio. Junior Liliann Linden and sophomore Avery Severson also earned state berths. The Panthers also have good numbers which will make them a deep squad. They should be in contention for Big Nine and section titles. "This is a great situation because of the diversity of talent across the team," Dale Magnuson said. "With several newcomers to the team this year, we have more depth in all events than we have had in a long time."

Coach's quote: "We are very excited about this season with all the new and returning athletes on the team," Dale Magnuson said. "It looks like we have a lot of very talented swimmers and divers who will be very strong for several years to come."

ROSTER

Returning (* — Captains)

Seniors:  Megan Bauerle*, Brady Boie, Mia Cuccio, Lily Dao*, Amelia Glassberg, Lulah-Khadija Hussein*, Morgan Kram,* Melina Lopez, Connor Martin, Madeline Niederstadt, Amilia Retzlaff, Matthew Strom, Carly Tautges*, Liana Wiepert*. Juniors: Emma Allred, Kenzie Below, Harper Daire, Sarvika Dasari, Morgan Davis, Molly Engel, Alexa Kelly, Liliann Linden, Anjli Madde, Owen Nord, Eva Pankratz, Hannah Paul, Amanda Schemmel, Sofie Schleicher, Vedha Somashekar, Alissa Spors. Sophomores: Emily Bailey, Amialya Bondy, Evelyn Brickley, Makenna Harms, Grace Howard, Margaret Hu, Madison Kolb, Abby Magruder, Paige Martin, Katia Schuler, Avery Severson, Vamika Sharma, Abigail Ziemann. Freshmen: Meghan Borgohain, Rebecca Groth, Katherine Homme, Brianna Kartheiser, Ella Killinger, Zoe Mckee, Paige Patten, Lauren Pavelko. Eighth-grader: Danielle Wang.

Newcomers

Junior: Jasmine Skedsvold. Freshman: Emily Garrison. Eighth-graders: Bridget Harms, Elena Kesselring, Evelyn Kim, Paige Manguson, Lily Rittenhouse. Seventh-graders: Devorah Hewitt, Sophie Huang, Khushi Kancharla.

JOHN MARSHALL

Head coach: Paul Bachman (33rd year, 19th with the girls).

Assistant coaches: Kendrick Bachman, Jen Anklan, Greg Andrews (diving).

Last season: The Rockets finished 3-5 in dual meets, ninth in the 12-team Big Nine Conference meet and eighth at the eight-team section meet.

Top Returners: Rochelle Burke, Fernanda Cabral, Irisah Cernohous, Inessah Cernohous, Michaela Dervin, Cassidy George (All-Conference), Gracelynne Jones, Asha Kaliappan, Mallory Neurer, Reese Sprow, Ariana Thorpe, Sophia Tomlinson.

Top newcomers: Shannon Penny, Ashley Villar, Mackenzie Swihart, Amanda Kuester.

2019 outlook: The Rockets are still in a building mode heading into the season. Junior Cassidy George is one swimmer to build around as she was All-Big Nine a year ago. Coach Paul Bachman said "our youth and team atmosphere" will be strengths for the Rockets. John Marshall has some quality, but will be lacking in overall depth. "We have a couple of good swimmers in every event," Bachman said, "but to be good you need to have four good swimmers and divers in every event." The Rockets will try to build to the postseason in hopes of having some state qualifiers this season.

Coach’s quote: "The girls have looked very good at practice so far, and have stayed on task," Bachman said. "I am looking forward to our intersquad meet to see how many of the new girls react to swimming so many events in so little time."

ROSTER

Returning (* — Captains)

Seniors: Abi Below*, Fernanda Cabral, Michaela Dervin*, Parys Gotelaere, Audrey Hamm*, Asha Kaliappan* Josephine Lam*, Meghan Parrott, Morgan Radtke*, Emily Wahlen. Juniors: Sheyann Bertshwinger, Rochelle Burke, Marissa Ding, Cassidy George, Kristen Ness, Reese Sprow. Sophomores: Morgan Blomberg, Barbara Cabral, Irisah Cernohous, Sophie Locati. Freshmen: Anna Cain, Inessah Cernohous, Anya Liedtke-Quick, Mallory Neurer, Ariana Thorpe, Sophia Tomlinson.

Newcomers

Junior: Madison Lemke. Sophomore: Mackenzie Swihart. Freshmen: Callee Erie, Emma McCoy, Ashley Villar, Olivia Zelkowitz. Seventh-graders: Ella Catter, Amanda Kuester, Amelia Mett, Natasha Nelson, Shannon Penny.

MAYO

Head coach: Juliet Parlette (10th season).

Assistant coaches: Scott Diercks, Haley Ruegemer, Greg Andrews (diving).

Last season: The Spartans finished third in the Big Nine Conference meet and sixth in the 1AA Section meet.

Top returners: Bryn Carlstrom (All-Conference), Aleia Johnson (All-Conference), Rebecca Pirko, Ava Gistafson (All-Conference), Annie Wu (All-Conference), Hannah Gwaltney (All-Conference), Avery Walz, Cate Crockett.

Top newcomers: Natalie Boorjian, Chloe Weingarden, Kate Sweetser.

2019 outlook: The Spartans did not have any state qualifiers in 2018, but they have a strong core back with five returning All-Conference swimmers. "Last year did not end as we had hoped," coach Juliet Parlette said. "This year is about redemption." Parlette said the Spartans have "some older swimmers that are great leaders." And despite having a lot of varsity experience, Mayo has a young squad overall. The team has a modest six seniors and among those Carlstrom and Johnson were All-Big Nine last year. Mayo should be able to score points in all of the different strokes.

Coach's quote: "Our work ethic and team unity will hopefully bring much success," Juliete Parlette said. "We are strong in all the events."

ROSTER (* — Captains)

Seniors: Catey Ackerman*, Bryn Carlstrom*, Ava Leaders, Aleia Johnson*, Miya Ohashi Berg*, Rebecca Pirko*. Juniors: Uma Ashrani, Anna Boxrud, Cate Crockett, Emily Erickson, Hannah Gwaltney, Andrean Maier, McKenzie McKay, Helen Milbrandt, Jennifer Oettinger, Abby Stott, Annie Wu, Christine Yao. Sophomores: Ashleigh Cannon, Shree Chakraborty, Gracie Decker, Kaybree Ernste, Ava Gustafson, Raiven Heise, Angela Kane, Sophie Kaufmann, Alana van Wijnen, Amelia Vrieze, Anna Walters-Smith, Avery Werneberg. Freshmen: Rayah Abudayyeh, Mya Baker, Olivia Boxrud, Ellery Collins, Sheridan Ellsworth, Grace Gauthier, McKenna Lyons, Jenna Maier, Alizeh Rizvi, Sarah Samman, Avery Walz. Eighth-graders: Shannon Chen, Ani Ohashi Berg, Tonya Roubik, Laaibah Sajjad.

Newcomers

Junior: Ella Rowley. Sophomores: Chiara Bianchi, Ellie Porrata. Freshmen: Natalie Boorjian, Cecelia Fuller, Maya Nordine, Chloe Weingarden. Eighth-graders: Kennedy Hanson, Ava Nordaune Young, Cami Roth, Kate Sweetser, Alli Vrieze. Seventh-graders: Juia Behnke, Santana Heise, Jaqueline Johnson, Lucy Koepp, Gabby Lee, Laurel Nordaune Young, Olivia Chapman, Ava Oswalt Swenson.

 — Guy N. Limbeck

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Guy covers a wide variety of high school, college and professional sports. He is a native of Rochester and has worked at the Post Bulletin since 1999. Guy resides in Byron with his wife, children and numerous pets.