Winhawk roundup: Girls soccer, girls tennis prevail; swimming battles hard against JM

The Winona Senior High School girls soccer team picked up its second win of the season Thursday night, beating Austin 4-2 at Paul Giel Field in a Big 9 Conference game.

Goals were scored by Faith Quinn, Grace Crigler, Caroline Dahlke and Jill Serleth on an assist by Marissa Lindaman. Mikayla Corcoran had six saves in the game.

The Winhawks improved to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Big 9. They return to action Saturday at Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa. 

Boys soccer

Austin 5, Winona 0: The Winhawks (2-3, 1-2) lost to the defending section champion Packers (3-1, 3-0) in a Big 9 game in Austin. Winona was within two goals at half before the Packers pulled away. The JV lost 1-0 in a well-played match, while the 9A team drew 3-3 with Austin. 

Girls tennis

Winona 7, West Salem 0: The Winhawks picked up their second win this week in dominating fashion, sweeping West Salem.

Winning in singles play were Emma Heinert, Adele Jacobsen, Molly Heinert and Marissa McNally. Doubles winners were Grace Buswell and Ari Jacobs, Mac Leaf and Jaida Oudel, and Ruby Baker and Josie Gunderson.

Winona, which beat Waseca 5-2 on Tuesday, returns home next Tuesday for a match against Albert Lea.

Girls swimming

Rochester John Marshall 94, Winona 91: The Winhawks fell to the Rockets in what coach Chris Mayer called "the closest meet I have witnessed."

"I don't believe that we have beaten JM in quite a few years, so keeping the meet as close as we did is quite the accomplishment," he said. "I am very happy with our performances considering some of our girls swam a few off events and certainly swam them well. We may have to consider if these 'off' events are really off!"

Anna MacLennan, Emily Robison, Carolyn Macon and Mary Hoffmann ran away with the 200 medley relay, winning in 1:58.91 — a time good enough for 12th place in the WSHS record books. Winona also added a vital third place finish with Harper Wolner, Anna-Lee Landers, Kaylee Niemeyer and Ava Pike. 

Macon added a win in the 200 freestyle in 2:06.39, and Landers took third in 2:16.65.

Kaylee Niemeyer took a shot at the 200 individual medley and won in 2:29.84, a near personal best in the event. 

Mary Hoffman took second in the 50 freestyle in 27.16 seconds, while Ava Pike narrowly missed out on fourth place, finishing in fifth by .01 in 28.12 seconds.

Issara Schmidt and Morgan Walker went 1-2 in diving. Schmidt narrowly missed the pool record, finishing with 261.05 points. Walker had 201.50 points. 

"Both of them are solidifying their place as the best divers Winona has had, and some of the best that will come out of the Big 9!" Mayer said. 

JM took spots 1-2-3 in the 100 butterfly, with Niemeyer fourth in 1:13.88. Grace Nelson was fifth in 1:21.13. 

The Winhawks bounced back in the 100 freestyle, as Mary Hoffman won in 59.12 seconds and Emily Robison was third in 1:01.47. 

Macon won the 500 freestyle in 5:41.09, good for 13th in WSHS history. Tara Ziegeweid added a strong third-place finish in 1:57.39. 

JM took the top two spots in the backstroke, as Anna MacLennan took third in 1:10.18 and Anna McCormick placed fourth.

Winona stayed in it thanks to Emily Robison's personal best in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:18.77. Anna-Lee Landers was fourth in 1:25.15 and Ava Calvey was fifth in 1:28.47.

That meant the meet all came down to the 400 medley relay. 

"There were so many good races throughout the night so it was only fitting that the meet be decided by the last race," Mayer said. 

Unfortunately for the Winhawks, fatigue caught up with them, and the B relay team was out-touched at the wall. 

"A heartbreaking moment, but a very good learning moment and hopefully a memory that fires up these girls for the rest of the season," Mayer said. 

The relay of Ava Pike, Ryka Parsi, Meixi Yu and Tara Ziegeweid placed second in 4:20.82.

"What a fun night," Mayer said. "Our girls stepped up and took on a strong JM team and almost squeaked it out. I am very proud of their performances and I am also very proud of how they handled the loss. There was no moping around. There was no sitting on the pool deck bummed out. The girls got up, congratulated each other knowing they gave their all, then congratulated JM for one heck of a good meet. True sportsmanship radiated from the girls tonight."

Winona heads to the Richfield Spartan Invite on Saturday.