Girls swimming and diving: Irish dominate in opener
The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team wasted little time pulling away from Apple Valley in last Thursday’s season-opening meet at the Rosemount Middle School pool.
The Irish used a couple of 1-2-3 finishes to take a 38-8 lead through three events, and went on to push the meet into exhibition scoring with three events to go in a 101-77 rout of their South Suburban Conference rivals.
The foursome of Katie Garrity, Olivia Johnston, Megan Wenman and Michelle Simms opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 54.46 seconds. Garrity recovered in time to lead a 1-2-3 Irish finish in the 200 freestyle and Wenman followed that up by leading a 1-2-3 showing of her own in the 200 individual medley.
Johnston then earned her second gold with a time of 26.04 in the 50 freestyle.
Sawyer Murray followed with another Irish first-place finish in the 1-meter dive, which she won handily with a score of 200.55.
The Irish extended their lead with the third of their five 1-2-3 finishes in the 100 butterfly. Abby Tesch set the pace in the event with a time of 1:00.50.
After Grace Herron won gold in the 100 freestyle, Shannon Lunn led a 1-2-3 Irish showing in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:47.09. Herron, Cassandra Hutchins, Tesch and Wenman then cruised to victory in the 200 freestyle relay, giving the Irish a 101-39 lead and sending the meet into exhibition scoring.
Garrity kept the streak of first-place finishes alive with a win in the 100 backstroke, and Amanda O’Brien earned her first gold in the 100 breaststroke.
The foursome of Herron, Johnston, Simms and Garrity closed out the meet with a 24-second margin of victory in the 400 freestyle relay.
The Irish are back at home tonight against Prior Lake. Events begin at 6 p.m.