A deep pool of swimmers helped Visitation blaze its way to a ninth straight state Class A swimming championship on November 18 at the University of Minnesota. The Blazers took first in three individual and a pair of relay events en route to scoring 397, which bested second-place Delano by more than 200 points. The nine consecutive titles is the longest run since Virginia won 12 in a row from 1930-41.
Vis senior Ella Passe won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.38 and the 500 free in 5:00.44. Fellow senior Elizabeth Burke took second and third, respectively, in those two events. Anna Farley topped the field in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.55. Sophomore Katie Miller took third.
Passe, sophomore Maggie Farley, Miller and Burke teamed up to win the 200 free relay. In the final race of the day, Miller, Burke, Passe and Anna Farley roared to a six-second triumph in the 400 free relay.
In all, coach Nate Lindscheid had 11 different swimmers earn points. Anna Farley took second in the 100 butterfly and Maggie Farley was third in the 50 free. They were also on the 200 medley relay team that took second with junior Kathryn Bonneville and senior Meghan Gerend.
Cretin-Derham Hall was 15th with 50 points. Two Rivers was 23, with junior Grace Marek taking second in 1-meter diving.
— Dave Wright