Swim and Dive: Haskamp and Johnson's eighth place finishes lead Alexandria girls at state
Alexandria's Jisella Haskamp earned another top-eight finish at the state meet while Erica Johnson improved upon her 11th-place finish in the 1-meter dive at the 2021 MSHSL State diving meet with an eighth-place finish at the 2022 MSHSL State diving meet.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team wrapped up its season at the 2022 MSHSL State Swim and Dive meet where it had some solid outings on Friday, Nov. 18.
Junior Jisella Haskamp and Erica Johnson led the way for Alexandria as they both earned eighth-place finishes and took home medals.
Haskamp earned another top-eight finish as she placed eighth in the 100 freestyle. Last year at the state meet, Haskamp placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
“It felt great being up there again,” Haskamp said. “Last year I made it in a different event and this one was completely different. I hadn’t swam the 100 free a lot this year so making it up here felt really great.”
The 100 free was one of three events at the meet in which Haskamp was a part of the 200 medley relay and 4x400 relay team.
“We were really happy with how she did,” Alexandria head coach Crysta Krause said. “She went out and had a nice first split. Her second wasn’t her strongest but overall she had a very strong showing.”
Next year, one of Haskamp’s goals is to make it to state in four events.
“Hopefully I’ll make it in four events, I’m looking forward to it and I have many goals for next year,” she said.
For Johnson, a junior, she placed eighth in the 1-meter dive (341.05), a three-spot improvement from her 11th place finish in the 2021 state diving finals (top 20 from the prelims make it to the finals in diving).
“It was amazing,” Johnson said. “This was a breath of relief because I have been working towards this all season. My sole goal this season was to make it in the top eight at state.”
Johnson had a score of 318.45 in the 2021 state diving meet. In this year’s state meet, she beat out CeCe Woods of Rocori, who had finished first at the Section 6A Diving meet on Nov. 11, 2022, while Johnson placed second.
“I had a score in mind for each dive so I just went up there and told myself, ‘okay you got this’ and I just kept it simple,” Johnson said.
Woods placed 11th with a score of 332.15.
Immediately after seeing that she earned a podium finish, she immediately turned and hugged teammate sophomore Lauren Hornstein who had also qualified for the state meet for the second year in a row.
“This is the best support I’ve had in any sport,” Johnson said. “Coach [Aaron] Rooney has always been there supporting me. He’s always working to make me be at my best and Lauren has always been there by my side.”
Hornstein, who placed third at the section meet a week prior, placed 21st at this year’s state diving meet with a score of 133.40 in the prelims.
Senior Brooklyn Millward finished 13th in the 200 freestyle for the Cardinals and swam a time of 2:00.96 in the consolation finals. Millward placed 15th in last year.
“She’s worked so hard this season,” Krause said. “To move up in placement, have that strong spin and be right on that two-minute mark is huge for her.”
Sophomore Grace Urke, Senior Alaina Guenther, Haskamp and Millward swam in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:54.48 in the consolation finals. They finished 14th overall.
They also posted a time of 3:44.38 in the 4x400 relay in the consolation finals which placed them 15th.
“We had to taper them a little bit to get to this moment, so they didn’t have a ton left, but with making it into the top 16 they had a lot of fun,” Krause said. “They did a great job and they gave it all they got.”
Alexandria placed 18th as a team out of 44 in the meet with 36 points.
Visitation High School won the Class A meet with 397 points while Mount Westonka-Holy Family placed second with 168 points.
With the state meet now over, the Cardinals have wrapped up their season which featured a third-place finish at the Central Lakes Conference meet, and second-place finishes at the section meet and Section 6A True Team meet.
Krause said while the team will be losing some key seniors due to graduation, they are excited about who they will have back and the youth of the program.
ALEXANDRIA FINALS RESULTS - 200 MEDLEY - Jisella Haskamp, Grace Urke, Alaina Guenther, Brooklyn Millward, 14th, 1:54.48; 1-METER DIVE - Erica Johnson, 8th, 341.05; Lauren Hornstein, 21st, 133:40; 200 FREESTYLE - Brooklyn Millward, 13th, 2:00.96; 4x400m RELAY - Haskamp, Urke, Guenther, Millward, 15th, 3:44.38