RAHS diver makes run at state title

Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith
Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith

Roseville Area High School sophomore Michelle Schlossmacher-Smith qualified for last week's state swimming and diving meet with the highest section diving score. That might or might not have made her the favorite but through the semifinals she proved to be the one to beat.

Schlossmacher-Smith led all competitors after eight dives with a score of 325.40. That put her 20 points ahead of the second-place competitor, Woodbury junior Meghan Miller.

A year ago as a freshman, Schlossmacher-Smith finished fifth in the state diving event. Of the four competitors who finished ahead of her at state last year, two graduated and the other two sat in third and seventh places after the semifinals last week. She was 14th at state as an eighth grader.

Schlossmacher-Smith entered the state meet unbeaten this season. She finished first in all eight of Roseville's Suburban East Conference dual meets, three invitationals and two section meets. She won the Hastings invitational on Halloween with a score of 481.48 and averaged 474.12 in the three invitationals.

Roseville had two others qualify for the state meet. Freshman Madison Atz also qualified for the diving event at state but did not advance past the preliminary round. Her prelim score of 131.95 left her in 29th place and only the top 20 advance to the semifinals.

Eighth grader Pyper Doo made state in the 50-yard freestyle and advanced to the finals. Her prelim time of 24.58 seconds landed her in 16th place, which secured her a spot in the consolation final. She beat out St. Michael-Albertville's Jordyn Schnell by 0.01 seconds for the last finals position.

The finals of the state meet were held on Friday, past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

—Brian Meyers

 

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