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Girls swimming and diving: Wenman leads Irish at state meet

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A couple of all-state performances by Megan Wenman helped the Rosemount swimming and diving team improve nine spots in the team standings with a 13th-place finish Saturday at the Class 2A state meet in Minneapolis.

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Wenman opened Saturday's finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center by swimming to a sixth-place time of 1 minute, 50.78 seconds in the 200 freestyle. The clocking earned her all-American consideration.

The freshman earned the same distinction later in the meet with a second-place effort in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 51.07 seconds was 1.1 off the pace of state champion Kaia Grobe of Chanhassen, who reached the finish in 49.97.

Wenman also contributed legs to both of Rosemount's relays that made it through to the consolation finals. She joined Olivia Johnston, Katie Garrity and Grace Herron for a time of 1:38.44 in the 200 freestyle relay, which gave the Irish first place in the consolation finals and a ninth-place finish overall, and teamed up with Herron, Garrity and Claire Tolan for a second-place time of 3:33.18 in the 400 freestyle relay, which placed the Irish 10th overall. The top 10 teams in the relay all earned all-American consideration.

Also making it through to the finals was junior Sawyer Murray, who placed 15th in the 1-meter dive with a score of 318.75.

The foursome of Johnston, Herron, Madeline Ryan and Jessica Troen opened Friday's prelims with a 23rd-place finish in the 200 medley relay. Johnston went on to place 23rd in the 200 individual medley and 20th in the 100 breaststroke.

Garrity and Tolan also competed in a pair of individual events. Garrity finished 17th in the 500 freestyle and 20th in the 200 IM and Tolan was 18th in the 200 freestyle and 23rd in the 100 backstroke.

"It was a great meet. The girls swam well," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. "After prelims we were sitting 16th and we ended up 13th after the finals."

The Irish finished with 64 points. Edina won the team title 228-222 over runner-up Wayzata after Minnetonka was disqualified for violating entry rules and had points taken off the board in all three relays. Eden Prairie moved up to third with 220 points and Minnetonka settled for fourth with 200 1/2 points.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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