Armstrong fills up state swim meet roster

Robbinsdale Armstrong sophomore Courtney Evensen swims in the 200-yard freestyle finals during the Section 5AA girls swimming and diving meet Nov. 10 at Minnetonka East Middle School. Evensen said a new section and pool record in the event. (Photo by Bob San – Sun Newspapers)

Armstrong’s presence at this week’s Class AA girls state swimming and diving meet will once again be a strong one.

The Falcons will have a pair of relays, and three individuals competing Nov. 16 and 17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Sophomore Courtney Evensen will be heading there in the aftermath of a blistering fast performance at the Section 5AA meet Nov. 10 at Minnetonka East Middle School.

Courtney Evensen won both the 200 and 500-yard freestyles, setting both a new section and pool record in each event.

She won the 200 freestyle in 1 minutes, 51.10 seconds, and then took the 500 freestyle in 4:58.47 to qualify for state in both.

Senior Brooke Evensen also qualified in two individual events. She was the section champion in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.35 seconds, and then she placed second in the 100 backstroke to qualify with a time of 58.74 seconds.

Ninth-grader Emma Ruehle will join the Evensen sisters as a two-event qualifier.

Ruehle placed third in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.66, which was .26 seconds under the automatic qualifying time, and then she finished second to Courtney Evensen in the 500 freestyle to get into the state meet after posting a time of 5:11.76.

All three girls helped get two of Armtrong’s relay teams to state.

Sophomore Rachael Peterson joined the trio to swim the 200 freestyle relay team to a section championship in 1:38.11, and the same foursome got the 400 freestyle relay team to state by placing second to Wayzata in 3:31.14.

Cooper hangs tough

The Robbinsdale Cooper girls swimming and diving team didn’t have any state meet qualifiers, but the Hawks held their own in Section 5AA.

The Hawks 200 medley relay team placed fourth in its race, the 200 freestyle relay team was fifth and the 400 freestyle relay team was sixth.

Individually, two of Cooper’s swimmers competed in the finals of their respective events.

Junior Sarah Hoogenboom was the sixth place finisher in the 200 individual medley, and the seventh place medalist in the 100 backstroke.

Sophomore Annie Kleckner-Thiele, who won the consolation race in the 50 freestyle, also placed eight in the 100 butterfly.

As a team, Cooper finished fifth out of the eight schools with 173 points. Wayzata was the champions, Mounds View placed second and Armstrong was third with 278 points.