The week of the True Team meet always seems to be one of the busiest - and most exhausting - for the Park girls swim and dive team.

This year was no exception.

The Wolfpack had three meets, including the Class 2A, Section 3 True Team meet, last week. It didn’t have its best week, coach Amanda Johnson said, noting the sixth place finish out of six teams at True Team sections.

The team also lost 92-85 in a dual meet Sept. 29 against Red Wing and 94-76 to Forest Lake last Thursday.

“These two weeks right now are the trying weeks because it’s the middle of the season,” Johnson said. “They’re just a little bit tired. … If we can get them past this next week, we’re golden.”

Her optimism rests on the fact that the team has about one meet per week for the next four weeks until the section meet next month. That meet serves as the official playoffs, whereas True Team essentially provided teams a chance to see how they stack up in their sections.

Park discovered it still has some work to do. There were several caveats to its performance, however. Many of Park’s top swimmers were tired after dual meets on Tuesday and Thursday. And it didn’t help that some of the girls were recovering from illness, too.

“They’re used to it, but not really,” Johnson said of the busy true-team week schedule. “It takes a toll on their bodies.”

She stressed, however, that the week is annually one of the hardest. Plus, she said the coaches had some of the swimmers try new techniques at the true team meet.

“If I can get them past this week for practicing, they start dropping their times again,” Johnson said.

Not all of Park’s swimmers struggled last week, however. Johnson praised Alyssa Larson for her Thursday times in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

“It’s one of our top times,” she said of Larson’s 1:22.57 100 backstroke. “It’s not her best stroke. I didn’t even expect it out of her, (she) just kind of pulled it out.”

Johnson also praised the performance of Rochelle George, who “had nice meet on Tuesday and (Saturday) had a good 200 free.”

“She’s about one of the only ones who dropped time and looked really good,” Johnson said.

With several weeks of mostly practice, however, she appeared confident that would change.

Park will face Mounds View in a dual meet on Thursday, its only meet this week.

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