Girls swim team has high hopes for the season

By Aleah Stenberg

With two weeks of preseason training finished, the Big Lake Swimming and Diving team is ready for their first game of the season at Foley Tuesday (Aug. 27). There are 49 girls on the team this year, the largest team Head Coach Brittany Gronewald can recall. This is Gronewald’s fourth year coaching the swim team, and second as head coach. “We’re really excited for the season,” stated Gronewald. “We have a lot of great leadership on the team and the younger ones have a lot of energy and want to learn. They’ve bonded well already and have great team chemistry.” Returning letter winners include Team Captains Cassie Jahn, Kelli Poffenberger, Sydney Butalla and Erin Ralph as well as Lauren Ireland, Sara Rebrovich, Morgan Turk, Clare Adams, Lily Noble, Laurel Pietrzak, Jordyn Robarge, Cacia Stanley-Sanford, Madison Starr, Lara Wellumson, Hannah Wessel, Maggie Knier, Laurin Ebert and Helena Lingasin. Two new coaches have joined the team this season, Assistant Coach Mary Walsh and Diving Coach Dick Adams. Also assisting Gronewald for the second year is Alyssa Freichels. The swimmers hope to bring their largest team to True Team State this year. Two years ago the team made it to True Team State, a meet that the team qualifies for with everyone’s accumulated points throughout the season, and they’d like to make it back this season. The Big Lake Swimming and Diving Team will be holding a mini golf tournament fundraiser at McPete’s Sun., Sept. 8, starting at 2 p.m. The money raised will go towards new warm-ups. Student admission is $5. Adults are $10. The first home meet will be the Relay Invitational Sat., Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. against teams from Becker, Cambridge-Isanti, Monticello, Foley, Sauk Rapids-Rice and New Prague.

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Mike Zdychnec, Executive Program Director for Healthcare Management at MN School of Business. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

JEN SCHUMACHER (far left), applauds as 15-year-old Matthew Trutna wins the 2015 Team Liam 5K Saturday. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

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DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)
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