LeMay, Norgaard, Faletti pace Park swimmers at sections

By John Molene
Posted 11/15/23

Park seniors and co-captains Afton LeMay and Amber Norgaard closed out their Park High swimming careers in style Friday in the Section 3AA swimming and diving championships at Two Rivers High …

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LeMay, Norgaard, Faletti pace Park swimmers at sections


Park seniors and co-captains Afton LeMay and Amber Norgaard closed out their Park High swimming careers in style Friday in the Section 3AA swimming and diving championships at Two Rivers High School.

LeMay had Park’s top finish in the event, finishing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a personal best of 1:11.04. LeMay qualified with the seventh fastest time in the prelims but cut her time down by almost two seconds in the finals.

“I feel like I crushed my goal,” said LeMay. “My goal was a 1:12 and even though I didn’t get the record I was intentionally hoping for in my ninth-grade year, it was still a really good goal for me to get a 1:11. (Monica Koyama holds the Park school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.44 set in 1987).

LeMay was 12th in the section breaststroke last season with a personal best time of 1:16.55.

Norgaard finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.23 (after going 2:01.28 in the prelims) and was 10th in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:30.40.

“Honestly, I had a pretty rough section, so I guess I’m proud of my relays because we placed really well in the relays. We placed fifth so that was really fun,” said Norgaard when asked what race she was happiest with. “I just kind of had a rough week and rough meet so it didn’t end very well for me. But that’s OK. I’m planning on swimming in college so I’m just going to focus on that.”

Both LeMay and Norgaard also swam legs on Park’s 200-yard medley and 200-freesstle relays team with each team finishing fifth. Both Park relay teams moved up in the finals after finishing sixth in the prelims.

Park junior Alayna Faletti was 10th in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:03.91 and 10th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:05.04.

“I dropped a lot of time (in the butterfly,” said Faletti. “So I was seeded with a 1:07 and then at sections I got a 1:04 and then I got a 1:03 at finals so I dropped almost four seconds.”

Faletti said she’s aiming for a top eight finish next season in the butterfly and t continue dropping her time. The top eight at section finals ranged from a winning 59.1 to a 1:03.74 for eighth.

Park junior Sarah Weston tied for ninth in one-meter diving with a score of 287.15. Eston was also ninth in diving last season. Isabelle Brown finished 18th with 181.30 points.

Park was fifth in the leadoff 200-yard medley relay with the foursome of Zoe Pfeiffer, Afton LeMay, Faletti and Norgaard finishing in 1:58.46. The Wolfpack foursome of Faletti, LeMay, Ella Langness and Norgaard was also fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:46.10.

Park was seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay with the team of Katelyn Norgaard, Eraya Nybakken, Ella Langness and Danika Rowan finishing in 4:23.07.

Ellie Imdieke of the Wolfpack was 15th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:12.06. Evelyn Sahli was 16th in the breaststroke in 1:19.93.

“I thought they did really well,” said Park head coach Amanda Johnson. “It’s kind of hard to go back from a great meet and we had a great meet on Wednesday, to come back and actually compete and get some better times today. Usually, it’s a little tricky especially if you’re trying to go out and get that place like some of us had to fight for that place. I thought all in all our kids did wonderful today.”

Park was seventh in the team race.

Rosemount finished first in the meet with 446 points. Hastings was second with 367, Eastview third with 355, Two Rivers fourth with 301, Eagan fifth with 184, Apple Valley sixth with 149, Park seventh with 137 and Burnsville eighth with 95.

“I do have a young team,” said Johnson. “And I kind of look at it like if we can keep them going and looking at those seniors or those juniors and not just like compete with them but swim with them. They need to be able to think that they can swim with them. I’m excited to see how we go in the next years although I’m sad that we we’ll be missing some of our good seniors.”