The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 16, 2012

West swim team strong on Day 1 of state

MINNEAPOLIS — The Mankato West girls swim team reached the finals in six of their 10 events on Friday in the preliminary round of the Class A state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Junior Danielle Nack turned in the fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly, clocking a 56.35 in that event. Nack was also second in the 50-freestyle prelims with a time of 23.70.

She is the defending state champion in both events, setting Class A records a year ago. Her sister, sophomore Chantal Nack, is third in the 500-freestyle (5:08.40) and fourth in the 200-free (1:55.85).

Chantal Nack has been battling a case of turf toe for the last few weeks but said it was close to healed up before leaving town on Thursday. The toe made it painful for her on starts and turns  during her two distance freestyle events.

West’s 200-free relay team of the two Nacks, Madison Bacon and Nicole Lohman won the prelims with a time of 1:38.56. The Scarlets’ 400-free relay of the same four swimmers is fourth after the preliminaries with a time of 3:38.48.

“I think everything went fine today,” West coach Dave Burgess said. We wanted to get everybody back to the second day of the meet and we accomplished that. I think right now we’re seeded fourth going into the finals. Northfield is first and Visitation is second.”

West’s Bacon placed 10th in the prelims in the 100-backstroke in 100.59. She will come back today in the consolation round.

Lohman returns today in the consolation round of the 100-freestyle after posting a 14th-place time of 54.85. She will also be back in the free after posting a 16th-best prelim time of 25.03. St. Peter junior Casey Rezmerski just missed the cut with a 17th-place effort of 25.12.

“I know Madi (Bacon) was hoping to reach the top eight in the backstroke but she just didn’t throw it right off the beep and sometimes that happens,” Burgess said. “I know she’s disappointed but when you’re up here you have to hit everything right.”

Burgess said the Scarlets are in good shape entering today’s finals.

“We’re definitely in the mix,” he said. “We could end up with our best finish ever if we swim well. Neither of the Nacks shaved for Friday or put on their best speed suits so the potential is there for us to drop more time.”

The Class A meet concludes today with the finals in swimming and diving starting at noon.

— Jim Rueda