Swimmers start strong

Like Nemo, the Magic just keep swimming.
Despite losing a few stars off last year’s squad, the 2012 Magic seem determined to make some noise, and have started the season by picking up a couple of impressive wins.
Coach Kristin Otterson admits that she started the season a bit worried as to how the team would respond to losing a couple of stars, but that fear has long since faded.
“I’m proud to say they’ve risen to the challenge,” said Otterson.
The second challenge of the year loomed as a big one, as Monticello hosted swimming powerhouse Breck.
But Thursday, Monticello found out Breck lacked depth and maybe a bit of its usual star power. Breck found out that Monticello is still much more than a former swimming power.
The Magic built up a 103-69 lead in the meet before swimming the final relay as an exhibition swim and winning the meet 103-81.

Paige Anderson
Paige Anderson

Numerous swimmers were impressive on Thursday, but none more so than Paige Anderson and Amber Eckstein who each picked up two individual wins, as well as helping their respective relay teams to wins.
“They just keep impressing me,” said Otterson.
But she’s also been impressed with the team as a whole; especially with how prepared they are to start the season.
“Quite a few swimmers are where they left off last year,” said Otterson. “Which is amazing.”
Those swimmers include Eckstein, Maree Smith, Courtney Skarie, Emma Farnsworth, and Lucy Fearing.
Equally impressive early in the season have been the top Magic divers.
Breazy Ciatti picked up first place against Breck on Thursday, and her, Taylor Boraas and Abby Stockham have all been right around where they ended last season.
Ciatti is coming off a summer where she attended multiple diving camps, and changed her approach for a higher, stronger jump, so Otterson expects her scores to only get better as the season marches on.
Tuesday, the Magic were giving a slight reality check as they came in second in a triangular meet at St. Cloud Cathedral, with Monticello getting beat handily by swimming power Sartell.