CREVE COEUR • Parkway North flexed its muscles, showcased its speed and flaunted its depth Tuesday in a dual girls swimming meet against the 2011 state champions.
Buoyed by triple winners Heather Lundstrom and Amanda Stadermann, the host Vikings powered to a 114-72 victory against Parkway West.
"I know a lot of the girls were worried because they are the defending state champs," Stadermann said. "This gave us a lot of confidence. We were swimming in a lot events that we normally don't do, and I think that shows how good of a team we really are."
The Vikings opened on a winning note, going one-two in the first event, the 200 medley relay.
Stadermann won the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes and 4.89 seconds. She also won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.58 and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay.
Lundstrom set a school record in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 5:05.70. She also won the 200 IM in 2:09.02.
Lundstrom said the Vikings' showing in the relay was what she expected. "Our team has a lot of great competitors that have been swimming together a long time,” she said.
Parkway North diver Natalie Gray won with 223.2 points. The Vikings also got wins from Taylor Voelker in the 100 backstroke (1:03.94) and Dyana Schneider in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.24). Voelker and Schneider teamed with Stadermann and Lundstrom for the winning 200 medley relay team.
"We swam very well for early in the season," Parkway North coach Lindsey Ehret said. "This has been a tough week. We've really been hammering them with the yardage."
For the Longhorns, Kate Gately won the 50 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 24.87 and won the 100 freestyle in 54.84. Taylor Mauer also turned in a state qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, finishing second to Lundstrom in 5:32.09.
Parkway West came out on top in the 200 freestyle relay, winning in 1:49.05. The Longhorns also won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:52.20.
"In general, we were pretty flat," Parkway West coach Allison Zeller said. "We are still getting used to doubles (practices). Parkway North is pretty deep. There is not one event that they are weak in. I think they may be the top team in the area."
This is a busy week for the Vikings. In addition to Tuesday's dual, they have a meet with St. Joseph's and Parkway South on Wednesday and end the week with a dual against Eureka. Parkway West swims at Marquette on Friday.