RAHS swimmers, diver chase state glory

Roseville Area High School swimmer Pyper Doo finished in third place in the 100-yard freestyle at the Class AA state championships Nov. 16-18. (photos courtesy of Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito)

Defending state diving champion Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith as seen during a dive.

Schlossmacher-Smith on the podium, ended with a second-place finish.

Five members of the Roseville Area High School girls swimming and diving team wrapped up their season by participating in the state meet earlier this month. Two Raiders advanced to the finals and made serious runs at state titles.

Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith and Pyper Doo both turned in top-three finishes in the Class AA state championships, which were held Nov. 16-18 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Schlossmacher-Smith entered the meet as the defending state diving champion and was looking for a repeat. It turned out to be a two-person race between Schlossmacher-Smith and Edina freshman Megan Phillip.

In the end, Phillip prevailed and Schlossmacher-Smith finished as the runner-up. Phillip finished with a final score of 480.75 while Schlossmacher-Smith posted a 472.60.

Schlossmacher-Smith led after both the preliminary round and the semifinals. Her score after the prelims was 217.15, which was 1.15 points ahead of Phillip. That lead increased just a little bit to 1.5 points after the semifinals. Phillip then took control in the finals to earn the gold medal.

Schlossmacher-Smith did increase her score from a year ago when she won the state title. Her total score in 2015 was 442.05, which gave her the crown by 1.65 points.

Doo competed in three events at state and finished in the top six in two of them. Her top effort was a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, which she completed in an All-American consideration time of 51.19 seconds. In the prelims, she posted a time of 51.70 seconds and was fourth overall.

Edina junior Raime Jones won the event with a time of 50.58.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Doo finished sixth with a time of 23.80 seconds. Her preliminary time of 23.56 seconds was seventh-best. Edina senior Rachel Wittmer won the 50-free state title with a time of 22.65 seconds.

Roseville’s fourth state entry came from the foursome of Doo, juniors Teigan Bakken-Morton and Claire Dickson and freshman Tieryn Ott. They teamed up to make state in the 200-yard freestyle relay, in which they posted a preliminary time of 1:41.46. That put them in 24th place and they did not advance to the finals.

In the state meet team standings, Roseville finished in 16th place with 46 points. Edina won the team championship with 353 points.


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.






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