High school swimming pools are loud places by nature. Their design creates echoes and noise bouncing off walls and ceilings and the deck around the pool.
Then add in a bunch of teenagers cheering their teammates on and … I don’t know what the decibel level gets to, but I do know that oftentimes you can’t hear the person sitting next to you. And that is all a good thing.
The Rochester Century girls swimming and diving team hasn’t let the COVID pandemic hamper them, their season, or their volume during meets.
Century might have its best girls swimming and diving team ever, this fall. That also happens to coincide with a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that has turned all swimming and diving meets “virtual” this season (each team swims in its own pool at the same time, then they compare times after they’re done to determine placewinners and team points).
There may not be a postseason — at least not a state meet — but Century and its four senior leaders are making the best of a weird season, just as most teams around the state are.
“It’s been exciting to see how loud our team can get,” Panthers senior Lily Linden said.
Read more about the Panthers, their success and their loud practices and meets in this story from PB reporter Pat Ruff.
What else do we have at the Sports pages of PostBulletin.com today?
• TUESDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS: We’re just more than a week away from volleyball and football season starting. Meanwhile, the regular season for swimming & diving, tennis, cross country and soccer is winding down. There was a full slate of games played Tuesday night in southeastern Minnesota. Some links to our coverage:
Tuesday’s scores list
Tennis results/box scores (and photos from the JM vs. Mayo dual meet)
Cross country meet results
A roundup of Rochester boys soccer teams’ games (and photos from the Mankato East vs. John Marshall match)
A roundup of Rochester girls soccer teams’ matches
Box scores from boys soccer matches in the area
Box scores from area girls soccer matches
Girls swimming and diving meet results
• NEW POSTSEASON, SAME TWINS: Last year, the Minnesota Twins set a MLB record for home runs in a season and won the A.L. Central. They were swept out of the playoffs by the New York Yankees. This year, the Twins had the best home record in baseball in the regular season. The Houston Astros had the worst road record among playoff teams. Didn’t matter on Tuesday. The Twins imploded in the ninth inning of Game 1 of a best-of-3 series against Houston and lost 4-1. We’ll find out today if their playoff history is a hindrance or if it has no bearing on the present. Minnesota repeated as division champion this year despite little help throughout the season from their biggest offseason acquistion, Josh Donaldson, who’s not on the roster for the first-round series.
• WILD PREP FOR DRAFT UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP: The NHL season ended Monday night with the Tampa Bay Lightning winning their second-ever Stanley Cup. Now the hockey world quickly shifts its attention to the 2020 NHL Draft, which is set for Tuesday and Wednesday next week. The Wild will be under new direction this year, as Director of Scouting Judd Brackett will run the draft for the first time since coming to the Wild from Vancouver.
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WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON
• A LIMITED SEASON FOR SOME: The high school football season kicks off in nine days. Some teams won’t play a full six-game season, and some may not play a season at all. Post Bulletin reporter Pat Ruff is tracking that story for Saturday’s print edition. Watch for it at PostBulletin.com Friday.
• GRIZZLIES READY TO ROAR: The NHL season ended on Monday. The Rochester Grizzlies start their season on Thursday. What a year. The Grizzlies open defense of their NA3HL Central Division championship at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. Louis. They’ll play the Junior Blues again on Friday before returning home for a week of practice in advance of their home openers on Oct. 9-10 against St. Louis. We’ll preview the Grizzlies season later today at PostBulletin.com/Sports, and we’ll have a profile story on the Grizzlies’ first-round draft pick on Thursday.
• Come back to PostBulletin.com/Sports throughout the day for breaking and updated sports news from around southeastern Minnesota, the state and the country.
• Looking for coverage of specific sports? Follow these links:
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field