JM's Ogren, Mayo's Gau both in championship finals in two events at Class 2A state swim meet

Nov. 17—MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomores Julia Ogren of John Marshall and Madeline Gau of Mayo both reached the championship finals in two individual events during the preliminary round of the Class 2A girls swimming and diving state meet Friday.

Ogren had the third-best time in both of her individual events during the prelim round. She posted a time of 1:50.97 in the 200 freestyle. Edina freshman Macy Malinski had the top time in the event with a 1:50.35.

Orgen had a time of 51.20 in the 100 freestyle. Shakopee junior Arianna Zelen had the top time in 50.23.

Gau was sitting in fourth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.44. Minnetonka junior Annabelle Wentzel had the top time of 54.65.

Gau was in seventh place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.11.

The top eight finishers in each of the 11 swimming events advance to the championship finals Saturday while swimmers 9-16 compete in the consolation finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Rochester had two other individuals reach the championship finals. Century sophomore Sophia Blixt was in sixth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.53. Mayo senior Sam Oeltjen just made the finals in the 500 freestyle as she placed eighth in 5:06.32.

Blixt reached the consolation finals of the 200 individual medley as she placed 11th. She was also part of two relays that advanced to the consolation finals.

Blixt teamed with Paige Manguson, Chloe Magnuson and Sarah Homme to take 12th in the 200 medley relay. Blixt, Chloe Magnuson, Homme and Camrynn Manento were 15th in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Mayo foursome of Elise Weingarten, Corrina Tonn, Gau and Oeltjen advanced to the consolation finals in the 200 medley relay by placing 10th. The same foursome placed 19th in the 400 freestyle relay.

Weingarten, a freshman, also swam in the 100 butterfly and she finished 22nd.

In the diving competition Thursday, John Marshall's Shannon Penney finished in 22nd place. The top 16 divers will get three more dives in the final round on Saturday.

The championship finals for swimming and diving are at 6 p.m. Saturday. Each session begins at 6 p.m. at the Aquatic Center.