Sabre Swimmer Named Minnesota Class A Swimmer of the Year

Marisa Wood was named Minnesota Class A Swimmer of the Year.

Marisa Wood is an extremely talented, coachable and humble athlete. In her short varsity career she has set 5 school records: 200 Freestyle, 200 I.M., 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 freestyle relay.  Marisa was Conference Champion and set new records in the 200 Medley, 200 and 500 Freestyles. She was Section Champ and set new records in the 200, 500, 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay.  She set too many pool records in the area to mention, as well as swimming state qualifying times in all the events during the regular season.  At State Marisa was 1st in the 200 Free (state record with an Automatic All-American time), 1st in the 500 (state record with an Automatic All-American time), she then anchored the winning 200 Free Relay (state record with an Automatic All-American time), and finally anchored the 2nd place 400 free relay (state record on day one) with an All-American time. 
Also, Dave Olson was named Minnesota State Class A Swim Coach of the Year.
Dave Olson finished his twenty-seventh year of coaching swimming (21st year at Sartell). Battling H1N1 and other various injuries, Sartell was able to squeeze out an undefeated season, set 9 new School Records, won the Central Lakes Conference, took first in Section 6A (setting 7 new records), and finally won the State Class A Meet for the first time in school history. Sartell was represented in all 12 events including 2 divers, 2 backstrokers and 2 flyers (medaling in all swimming events). Sartell also set 3 new State Records with 3 Automatic All-American times and 4 All-American considerations. (Six of the seven ended up All-American.) Dave believes that the success of this season was the result of being blessed with extremely talented and dedicated athletes as well as an excellent coaching staff: Assistant Coach Sarah Burnell and Diving Coach Kelsey Bremer.  “Working with athletes of this caliber is truly humbling.”