Saturday, November 19, 2011
Benilde-St. Margaret's Casey Nightingale also picked up a second-place medal in the diving finals.
Kathryn Ostrom couldn’t help but critique herself mid-stride. The St. Louis Park 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…
Friday, November 18, 2011
Casey Nightingale was the highest placing Red Knight in the opening round, as she came in second.
Two Benilde-St. Margaret's divers will have a shot at a state championship on Saturday. Senior Casey Nightingale and junior Rachel Thorstenson both placed in the top-20 during Thursday's opening round of the Class A diving championships, which was good enough to advance. Nightingale's score of 257.05 was the second best of the day; Thorstenson came in 15th with a score of 219.30. Nightingale is in her third state tournament—she finished 18th last year. Thorstenson is making her first appearance. The Class A swimming and diving championships begin at noon on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Casey Nightingale and Rachel Thorstenson hope to treat this week's Class A state meet like any other event.
Like every practice they’ve had since Aug. 15, senior Casey Nightingale and junior Rachel Thorstenson prepared on Wednesday. The Benilde-St. Margaret’s divers worked on their craft, took advice from coach Scott Smith and didn’t call it quits until their techniques were just right. Repetition and consistency. It’s what this Red Knights duo hopes will carry them through the weekend during the culmination of their 2011 season. Nightingale and Thorstenson will compete at the Class A state diving meet beginning Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Both Thursday’s preliminary round and Saturday’s championships begin at noon. The key? Remembering that state is just another meet that simply has a more prominent title. “We’ve …