Tori Anderson

Tori Anderson swam to a fourth-place finish in the extended solos division at this year’s State Synchronized Swim Meet.

The Eden Prairie High School synchronized swim team scored seven points and finished ninth at this year’s State Synchronized Swim Meet (Thursday and Friday at the Rochester Recreation Center).

Wayzata repeated as state champions, outscoring Stillwater 171-142.

St. Louis Park (70), Forest Lake (52) and Edina (25) finished three, four and five.

Senior Tori Anderson had the Eagles’ best meet. Not only did she place fourth in extended solos, but she was named All-State and Academic All-State.

“She only competed in one event,” said Eden Prairie coach Jennifer Wood, “so that’s a really big deal.

“Other than knowing that figures weigh heavily,” she added, “I’m not sure how she did it.”

Anderson finished fourth, behind three Wayzata swimmers, in the figures competition.

Anderson finished fourth with 64.399 points. Third place counted 65.013, fifth place 63.963.

Third, fourth and fifth place was even closer in the extended solo competition. Blake’s Kara Gerads finished third with 67.825, Anderson finished fourth at 67.700, St. Louis Park’s Annie Breyak fifth at 67.022.

And?

“Our four West Section swimmers placed one, two, three and four,” said Wood. “That’s really cool.”

Experience

Eden Prairie’s short duet of Renee Annunziato and Emily Claver finished 12th.

Annunziato, Lucy Bock, Claver, Shay Ginuga, Shavani Pargal and Katherine Willegalle finished 12th in the short team division.

“Excellent experience,” said Wood. “The value of swimming at state is hard to explain. You see other teams and you see what it takes. You can’t do that at practice.”

Next year?

“I’m looking forward to finding even more swimmers next year and continuing on with our success from this season,” said Wood.

Sports editor

Dan Huss covers Eden Prairie sports and especially loves reporting on sports features and outdoors-related adventures. He lives in Shorewood with his wife, Marnie, daughters Aili and Britt, and Wilma, a pheasant-finding Deutsch Drahthaar.

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