After qualifying two of its relay teams for the state meet in 2018, Two Harbors-Silver Bay will look to sweep the events at the 2019 Section 7A meet Saturday, Nov. 9, in Hibbing.
The Agates have consistently been among the top teams in the area in all three relay events — the 200-yard medley and the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays — throughout the season and could sweep the section titles.
The relay team of Riley Larson, Kaylee Overby, Jada Larson and Kate Thomasen won the section title in the 400 freestyle — setting a Section 7A record along the way with a time of 3 minutes, 40.72 seconds — in 2018 and qualified for the state meet in the medley relay.
Several members of the team will also look to repeat as Section 7A champions in individual events as well, including Overby in the individual medley, Jada Larson in the 100 butterfly and Riley Larson in the 500 freestyle.
If Overby qualifies, it will be her fourth consecutive year competing at the state meet in Minneapolis. She qualified in the individual medley as a freshman in 2016 in addition to qualifying with the relay teams, as well as individually, the last two years.
This group of swimmers is among the most successful ever for THSB. Coach Heather Mayfield credits their success to the strong friendship among the girls, their strong work ethic and their willingness to listen to coaches.
“They’ve been working hard this year and I’m excited to see how it all ends, especially for the seniors,” Mayfield said. “They have a great chemistry in and out of the water and they want to see each other succeed. They’ve trusted their coach and their training to know at the end of the day what it takes.”