Returnees set to lead RAHS swimming and diving squad

With 15 returning letterwinners on the roster this season, the Roseville Area High School girls swimming and diving has a solid nucleus around which to build. High school swimming is a numbers game, however, and the Raiders’ numbers are small.

“A strong lead swimmer in all events and four strong divers,” Roseville head coach Barbara VailOdash listed as her team’s strength. “We are a small team, which will affect our depth.”

Among the returning swimmers is junior Lauren Kacmarynski, a state qualifier last year. Kacmarynski made state in the 100-yard freestyle.

Other top returnees include senior Sungmoon Lim (freestyle, backstroke) and sophomores Jamie Gorski (individual medley, breaststroke) and Courtney Gastecki (200 and 500-yard freestyles).

Roseville’s top divers are freshmen Lauren Flatten and Salix Iverson and eighth-graders Michelle Schlossmacher and Adrianna Schlossmacher.

Lim is a tri-captain this season along with fellow seniors Ava Witthauer and Miranda Anderson.

A year ago Roseville finished sixth in the Suburban East Conference with a 4-5 dual-meet record and placed third in the Section 4AA team standings. VailOdash, in her eighth season as head coach, would like to see her squad move up in the section standings and continue to compete well in the conference.

Roseville opened the season last week by hosting five teams in the Suburban East Conference relays. This week, the Raiders take on Cretin-Derham Hall in a conference dual meet at the University of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul.

The event with Cretin this week is one of three on the Raiders’ schedule to take place at St. Catherine’s. They also swim in a pair of multi-team invitationals there on Sept. 7 and 28. Roseville also swims in an invitational in Duluth on Oct. 5.

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