“The Mantas has been a great program for me,” she said. “It’s a way to work on your technique and hone your skills and learn from different coaches that you don’t deal with in high school.
“I especially like interacting with the younger kids. It’s exciting to see them progress and reach their goals every year. You know all the work they’re putting in will pay off for them in the long run.”
The Mantas’ most celebrated member these days is Danielle Nack. The junior-to-be at Mankato West is coming off a state championship school season and recently competed at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
The first session of the weekend's AB Finals in Mankato was completed Friday afternoon with a handful of notable performances. Lindstrom said he was pleased with the opening session.
“The first day went very well for us,” he said. “We had a little streak going there for awhile where everybody was swimming their personal-best times.”
Jake Bjork and Bobby Schultze had strong opening days. Bjork placed first in the boys senior 200-meter freestyle relay (2:14.23, A) and third in the senior 100-butterfly (1:08.81, B).
Schultze was first in the senior 100-fly (1:07.37, B), first in the senior 200-freestyle (2:15.80 A-plus) and third in the senior 200-individual medley (2:37.15, B).
Lager finished first in the girls senior 200-freestyle (2:29.31, B). Teammate Megan Stenzel was second in the girls 15-16 200-freestyle (2:28.87, B) and Chandra Bouma was second in the girls 15-16 200-IM (2:52.94, B).
The meet continues today and Sunday at Tourtellotte Pool.