Kathryn Ostrom couldn’t help but critique herself mid-stride. The junior, in the middle of the Class A state 100 breaststroke for which she is the defending champion, realized her start wasn’t up to par.
“I could see everybody on each side of me ahead of me, and I was like, ‘Bad start again,’” she said. “I was like, ‘I tried to make it a good one, but it didn’t work out.'”
Fortunately for Ostrom, her ability in the pool took over from there. Ostrom won the 100 breaststroke for the second straight year on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, earning the Orioles girls swimming and diving team its only state title of the 2011 season.
She finished in 1:04.65, edging Albert Lea eighth-grader Lindsey Horesji’s 1:05.06 time.
“It was a little too close for comfort,” Ostrom said. “But that’s what makes it a good race.”
It is the third straight year the Orioles took home the breaststroke crown. .
On Saturday, coach Jake Schwietering said Kathryn Ostrom’s start and turns weren’t ideal, but she found a way to make it through.
“It was a tough race,” Schwietering said. “But Kathryn’s determination—she just out-stroked her in the end.”
The Orioles picked up 68 points at the meet, good for an 11th place finish in the team standings. Sartell-St. Stephen won the Class A title with 238 points.
St. Louis Park’s 200 medley relay finished sixth overall, earning All-State recognition along with Kathryn Ostrom in the breaststroke.
Schwietering said the 200 medley relay, as well as Kailey DeLozier’s 14th place performance in the 500 freestyle, were highlights of Saturday’s meet. Specifically, DeLozier’s 5:21.21 time in the 500 freestyle during Friday’s preliminary race was two-tenths of a second short of the school record, he said.
“I’m proud of all the girls,” Schwietering said. “The state meet is tough. There were fast girls today.”
St. Louis Park: 200 medley relay: 6. Hannah Hein, Kathryn Ostrom, Heather Westwood, Kailey DeLozier (1:50.98); 200 freestyle: 12. Kailey DeLozier (1:59.99); 200 IM: 11. Hannah Hein (2:14.18); 100 butterfly: 16. Kathryn Ostrom (1:01.52); 500 freestyle: 14. Kailey DeLozier (5:24.80); 100 backstroke: 12. Hannah Hein (1:00.69); 100 breaststroke: 1. Kathryn Ostrom (1:04.65). 400 freestyle relay: 16. Hannah Hein, Kailey DeLozier, Sydney Hall, Kathryn Ostrom (3:48.34).
BSM’s Nightingale takes 2nd in diving
senior Casey Nightingale finished second overall in the diving competition on Saturday.
Nightingale compiled 336.65 points during the two-day Class A state meet, trailing only Northfield’s Bailey DuPay. DuPay finished with 405.40.
Diving teammate Rachel Thorstenson finished 14th with 300.00 points.
The Red Knights finished ninth overall at the meet with 112 team points. Following Nightingale, BSM’s top performances came from the 200 freestyle relay’s sixth place finish and Emily Egge’s seventh-place finish in the 200 freestyle. Amy Semler also finished seventh in the 500 freestyle.
BSM: 200 medley relay: 13. Madison Winston, Megan Pohle, Claire Torgerson, Tru Walor (1:55.25); 200 freestyle: 7. Emily Egge (1:57.56), 8. Amanda Semler (1:57.81); 50 freestyle: 10. Catherine Cole (24.77); Diving: 2. Casey Nightingale 336.65, 14. Rachel Thorstenson 300.00; 500 freestyle: 7. Amanda Semler (5:15.51); 200 freestyle relay: 6. Catherine Cole, Megan Pohle, Amanda Semler, Emily Egge (1:39.19).