Girls swimming: Visitation cruises to ninth straight Class A state title

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			Girls swimming: Visitation cruises to ninth straight Class A state title
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It has been more than eight decades since a program has been as dominant in state swimming as Visitation.

While the participants change every year, the number of Blazers swimmers in the state meet remains high, a depth that leads to championships.

Friday afternoon at the University of Minnesota was no exception as the private Mendota Heights Catholic school earned its ninth straight Class A girls team title and 13th since 2005. The current streak is the longest since Virginia won 12 titles in a row from 1930-41.

Visitation finished with 397 points. That more than doubled second-place Delano’s 194.5.

“It’s such a better feeling being a senior and having such an amazing team around me, but, honestly, I’m just so proud of how everyone performed and how we’ve worked together as a team this entire season, pushing ourselves in practices,” said Anna Farley, who repeated as champion in the 200 individual medley and was second in the 100 butterfly.

The future Villanova Wildcat also anchored the 400 freestyle relay team that won the meet’s final event by almost six seconds. Katie Miller, Elizabeth Burke and Ella Passe are also in that group.

For Passe, who will swim for Duke next year, it was her fourth top-of-the-podium finish. She also won the 200 freestyle, defended her 500 freestyle crown, and was joined by Miller, Burke and Maggie Farley in winning the 200 freestyle relay.

Visitation was at its very best in the 500 freestyle with Passe winning by five seconds over a trio of teammates — Burke, Tessa Lindstrom and Maggie Farley — who were separated by 1.59 seconds.

“We set that goal after last year’s meet to be able to go 1, 2, 3, 4,” Passe said, noting the same foursome last year finished 1, 2, 3 and 5 in that race. “We kind of came into the meet thinking, ‘I’m not sure if that’s possible,’ so to be able to do that as a group today, that was probably one of the most special moments I’ve ever had as a swimmer.”

“They just feed off each other, and the fact that they had to swim right next to each other today was a huge help,” Visitation coach Nate Linscheid said.

In total, 11 girls earned points for Visitation: Burke was third in the 200 freestyle; Maggie Farley was third in the 50 freestyle; Faith McAdam was fourth in the 100 butterfly and seventh in the 200 freestyle; Miller was third in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 freestyle; Kathryn Bonneville fifth in the 100 back; Grace Nilsson sixth in the 200 individual medley; Lucy Berg seventh in the 100 butterfly and Meghan Gerend seventh in the 100 breast. Bonneville, Gerend, Anna Farley and Maggie Farley finished second in the 200 medley relay.

— Two Rivers junior Grace Marek finished second in the diving competition.

— Abigail Wright, a Mahtomedi eighth grader, finished fourth in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

— Isabel Espinosa, a junior from Mounds Park Academy, finished fifth in the 200 freestyle.

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