Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Simley High School boys and girls varsity swim team members worked with younger students across the district on Tuesday to build swimming skills.
Over 100 fifth- and sixth-graders from schools across Inver Grove Heights packed the Veterans Memorial Community Center pool on Tuesday as part of a swimming and diving event hosted by the Spartans swim teams. Simley High School boys and girls varsity swim team members worked with younger students to build swimming skills — including the back stroke, front crawl and shallow and deep diving. The three-day activity runs through Thursday, when the swimmers compete against each other in a meet at The Grove Aquatics and Fitness Center.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Patch looks back on the events, people and issues that made the headlines last week.
Patch started the week with a business feature on Cameron's Warehouse Liquors. The 115-year-old Inver Grove Heights business, currently located on Cahill Avenue, may relocate to Cameron Park, a city-owned site on Concord Boulevard. Owner George Cameron IV entered a $272,000 purchase agreement for the property, and plans to build a new 4,000-5,000 square foot building. City officials are considering implementing a fee system at the city's Frisbee golf course in North and South Valley Park. Under the plan, the city would contract with Fairway Flyerz Discs, Inc. to operate a mobile sales unit at the 18-hole course, which is currently free to use. The company would charge daily and annual fees for the course. On Tuesday morning, the Inver …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Simley High School head swimming and diving coach reflects back on a very successful season.
Simley High’s swimmers and divers had another banner year, capped by a sixth place finish at the state meet. Inver Grove Heights Patch sat down with coach Lynn Newton to get her take on the season. Inver Grove Heights Patch: What was the highlight of the year for you? Coach Lynn Newton: Just the unexpectedness of how well we did. In many ways we were in a big rebuilding year and some of the other coaches at state even said 'We thought you were in a rebuilding year.' It’s really fun that there really weren’t many expectations for [the students] and to see them really come through in the second half of the season and get that second place at sections and see them place in the top 10 again at state, it was awesome. Patch: Was there a meet or …
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Simley sophomore Alec Kandt set two school records in swimming; all of the Spartans competing at state finished in the top eight.
Sophomore Alec Kandt swam to three lifetime bests, two school records and a pair of second-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly to lead the Simley High swimmers and divers at the boys Class A swimming and diving meet Saturday. The Spartans were aiming for another top 10 finish and got it, finishing sixth overall in the meet held on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. It was the 13th time in the last 14 years the Spartans have finished in the top 10 at state. “I was happy with our finish, I was happy that all of our swims and dives were all top eight,” said Simley head coach Lynn Newton. “We had really high places and lifetime bests today. We did really well.” Fergus Falls …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Spartans will have six individual swims and dives and two relay teams competing in this weekend's state swimming and diving meet
Simley High School's contingent at the state swimming and diving meet this year will be small in numbers, but mighty in ability. The Spartans finished as the runner-up in the Class A team tournament last season, but likely don’t have enough qualifiers to make a run at this year’s title. Simley will send just four swimmers and junior diver Carter Lange to this year’s state meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. “We have a lot of top guns, we just don’t have the depth,” said Simley senior Alex Jurrens. “But we also have a very young team as well.” Simley qualified both its 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays teams, plus senior swimmer Nate Briguet in the 50 and 100 freestyles, …
Friday, February 4, 2011
Spartans swim well, set records, but perennial state swimming power Saint Thomas Academy gets revenge for last year's loss to Simley Tuesday
Saint Thomas Academy's depth and experience were too much for the Simley High swimmers and divers to overcome on Thursday night. In a Classic Suburban Conference showdown at the Veterans Memorial Center in Inver Grove Heights, visiting Saint Thomas Academy swam away with a 115-71 dual meet. But if the Spartans felt down, they didn’t show it after the meet. “I was happy how the team did,” said Nate Briguet. “They (the Cadets) may have beaten us on the scoreboard but we definitely beat them in the heart.” Briguet swam to a lifetime best in the open 50 freestyle with a 22.80 and also clocked a season best in winning the 100 freestyle in 49.78 Saint Thomas Academy gained revenge for last season’s conference loss 54-48 to Simley High School. …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Seniors Briguet and Jurrens will play key roles as the Spartans face a conference showdown against St. Thomas Academy on Thursday
Top-flight Simley High School swimmers Alex Jurrens and Nate Briguet may have taken different paths to the top, but the important thing is that they both made it. “They’re two halves of a neat story,” said Simley head coach Lynn Newton. “Nate was in seventh grade when he joined the varsity,” said Newton. “He was good from the get-go.” “Alex has been with us since the sixth grade, but he was definitely not like Nate,” said Newton. “He was just learning strokes. When you see how he’s grown. He’s huge now. He’s matured and he’s added muscle.” Jurrens and Briguet are two of the Spartans key swimmers as the team heads into the end of its winter season. On Thursday, Simley will compete against arch-rival St. Thomas Academy in a dual meet, …
Friday, January 14, 2011
Spartan swimmers stay undefeated in the Classic Suburban conference with a convincing win over the North St. Paul Polars
Simley High School’s swimmers and divers racked up first-place wins in eight of 12 events to easily sink visiting North St. Paul Thursday in a Classic Suburban Conference match in the Veterans Memorial Community Center pool. The Spartans defeated North 107-71 to improve to 5-0 in dual meets. Sophomore Alec Kandt and senior Nate Briguet each had a pair of wins Thursday to pace the Spartans. Kandt took the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.94 and won the 100-yard backstroke in 57.45. Briguet had the rare combination of winning both the 50 freestyle in 23.23 and the 500 freestyle in 5:26.15. Also earning wins for Simley were: Junior Carter Lange, sophomore Tim Luhr, the 200-yard freestyle relay team and freshman Ben Holst. “It was a very good meet…
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Alec Kandt won both 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, while Nathan Briguet took 100 freestyle to propel the Spartans to a second-place finish.
Sophomore Alec Kandt had a huge day, winning both the 100-yard butterfly in a meet record and also taking the 100-yard breaststroke to lead the Simley High School swimmers Saturday. Kandt’s two wins, plus a victory by senior Nathan Briguet in the 100-yard freestyle, paced the Spartans to a second place finish in their own Simley Spartan 2011 Swimming & Diving Invitational. Orono won the six-team meet in the Veterans Memorial Community Center pool with 547 points. Simley was second with 444, followed by: Hudson, 441.50; Henry Sibley, 331, St. Paul Central, 287.50 and Columbia Heights, 156. “We’re really happy with second place, that’s really good,” said Simley head coach Lynn Newton. “Alec Kandt won both of his races and Nathan Briguet won …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Spartans boys swimming and diving team tops Richfield, 100-74, in Classic Suburban Conference dual at the Veteran Memorial Community Center Pool.
After finishing second at the Class A state meet last spring, the Simley High School boys swimming and diving team is 2-0 on the young season with a young team after the Spartans defeated visiting Richfield, 100-74, in a Classic Suburban Conference dual on Tuesday night. "I think the season is going real well so far," Simley head coach Lynn Newton said. "We lost nine seniors from last year's team, but we are coming back strong." The win was the second in two conference meets for the Spartans, who defeated South St. Paul in the season dual opener on Dec. 16. Simley had little difficulty earning the win against a slightly short-handed Richfield squad as the Spartans won 9 of 12 events on the night and swam the final race, the 400-yard …