Woodbury finished second, with East Ridge coming in fourth at the season-opening Suburban East Conference Relays girls swimming and diving meet, held at Stillwater and Cottage junior high schools on Thursday, Aug. 26.

The Royals gave defending meet champion Stillwater a run for its money in taking second, finishing as runner-up to the Ponies by a 154-141 score. East Ridge nearly nipped Mounds View for third, finishing three points behind the Mustangs, 101-98.

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It was a triumphant day for the Woodbury divers in Cottage Grove, who won their competition with a new meet record score of 213.90.

The Royals' foursome of All-Americans Erin Kohlbeck and Emily Bonfig, along with Melissa Runquist and Lauren (Red) Puglisi topped the old record by 15 points in the victory.

East Ridge's squad, led by All-American Jenna Karrow, recorded a second-place score of 157.80.

Over at Stillwater, the Royals were in the meet from start to finish, with the Raptors also putting up a respectable showing versus the conference.

Woodbury's 400-yard medley relay quartet of Mikayla Mayer, Kasey Bosch, Britta Sortland and Cassie Cedarholm put their team on top after the first event with a first-place time of 4 minutes, 10.07 seconds.

The Royals also won the 200-yard breaststroke relay, as Bosch, Maddie Norsten, Ana Sortland and Kelsie Carter posted a top time of 2:14.56, with the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Britta Sortland, Cedarholm, Marina Rizzo and Mayer victorious in 3:42.73.

East Ridge earned one swim win on the evening, as the 200-yard butterfly team of Taylor Johnson, Maddy Peters, Rachel Treadway and Meredith Ubel claiming a triumph in 1:54.14.

Finishing second at the meet were the Woodbury's 200-yard freestyle team of Ana Sortland, Sheri Li, Kristina Swanson and Mara Miller (1:45.00) as well East Ridge's 400-yard medley team of Treadway, Melanie Rabino, Johnson and Ubel (4:22.84) and 800-yard freestyle team of Rabino, Lindsey Lewis, Treadway and Alyssa Kong (8:11.48).

Both teams are off until Thursday, Sept. 2, when both teams take part in SEC dual competitions; the Royals travel to White Bear Lake for a SEC dual meet, while the Raptors host Cretin-Derham Hall at Woodbury Junior High.