The Sartell Sabres swim and dive team started the 2019 season off with spectacular meet at Rocori High School. The Sabres started the night off with a 1-2 finish in the 200 yard medley relay and didn’t let up after that. After the medley, Faith Akervik won the 200 yard freestyle by over 5 seconds, finishing ahead of freshman teammate, Janie Martin. After the 200 yard freestyle, the Lenarz sisters took first and second in the 200 yard individual medley where Heidi Lenarz broke Rocori’s pool record and earned a state qualifying time of 2:14.09. 1st and 2nd weren’t enough for the Sabres in this event as Emma Yao took 3rd behind her two teammates. The 50 freestylers for Sartell decided they wanted to match their teammates efforts in the previous event and put up a 1-2-3 finish with a pool record in the process. Longtime teammate and good friend of Heidi’s, Lauryn Kramer posted a 25.14 in the 50 freestyle to claim the pool record in Cold Spring. In diving, Hailey Westrup gave one of the best divers in the state a run for first place. Diver Olivia Motter of Rocori finished 7th at the MSHSL state meet last year, but Hailey managed to stick with her throughout 6 rounds of diving taking second by only 5 points with a score of 231.80. In the 100 yard butterfly the younger Lenarz sister, Holly, had her time to shine taking 1st with a time of 1:03.93. The 100 yard freestyle was another powerful event for the Sabres as Liberty Johnson, Janie Martin, and Sara Hennemann took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. Heidi Lenarz and Faith Akervik continued their spectacular meets with a 1-2 finish in the long distance 500 yard freestyle event posting times of 5:21.72 and 5:36.74. Shortly after the 500, Sartell claimed 1st and 2nd in the 200 yard freestyle relay with first place recording a time of 1:44.81 and second place recording a time of 1:48.24. The 100 yard backstroke was no different than the rest of the meet as Sabres Sara Hennemann (1st) and Macy Dockendorf (3rd) took two of the top three spots in the event. Near the end of the meet, Emma Yao won the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.91 and teammate Lauryn Kramer took 3rd with a time of 1:16.20 in an event she doesn’t normally swim. The Sabres ended the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay in what was a great race between two of Sartells top relays. The Lenarz sisters, Megann Jobin, and captain Morgan Van Beck narrowly beat out Sartells B relay of Faith Akervik, Chloee Bartels, Sara Hennemann, and Janie Martin for first place. Thursday was a great start to the girls season as new Sabre’s coaches Vicky Sabart and Jennifer Thompson along with returning dive coach Nicole Thull hope to lead their team to another top 5 state finish to add to Sartell’s legacy.