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Girls swimming and diving: Wenman sets pool records at Lakeville North

Megan Wenman set two new pool records last Tuesday at Kenwood Trail Middle School, but Lakeville North outscored the Irish 32-14 over the meet’s final three events to hand them their first dual loss of the season, 100-85.

“The girls swam hard and didn’t look back,” Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. “We had a lot of girls get their personal best or very close to their season-best times at this meet, which is pretty amazing seeing we trained right through and even had a practice that morning.... We’re just going to keep on training and working hard to meet our team and individual goals.”

The Irish took their final lead at 71-68 after Wenman, Grace Herron, Michelle Simms and Cassandra Hutchins combined on a winning time of 1 minute, 40.43 seconds in the 200 freestyle relay. The Panthers answered with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 backstroke, and then made it 90-81 with a 2-3-4 showing in the 100 breaststroke. They clinched the meet by winning the 400 freestyle by 11-hundredths of a second.

The Irish trailed 10-4 early on after a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, but made up ground thanks to Wenman’s record-setting time of 1:53.33 in the 200 freestyle. A 1-2-3 finish in the 1-meter dive by Sawyer Murray, Megan Busse and Megan McKenzie gave the Irish a one-point lead at 39-38, through five events.

Wenman followed with her second record-setting performance in the 100 freestyle where she clocked in at 52.08 seconds to win by over two seconds.

Katie Garrity then won the 500 freestyle to give the Irish a 63-62 edge. Garrity was also second in the 200 individual medley.

Abby Tesch added a runner-up swim in the 100 butterfly.

The Irish are back in the pool tonight at Burnsville.

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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