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Swimming & diving: Irish roll by Kennedy

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The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team had little trouble picking up its third straight South Suburban Conference dual meet last Thursday night.

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Despite trying out several swimmers in new events, the Irish won all 12 events and finished 1-2-3 in seven of them en route to a 143-35 road win over Kennedy in Bloomington.

Megan Wenman, Olvia Johnston, Abby Tesch and Grace Herron opened the meet by posting a 14-second margin of victory in the 200 medley relay. Katie Garrity followed with a winning swim in the 200 freestyle and Wenman, Tesch and Herron came in 1-2-3 in the 200 individual medley to make the score 36-9.

Two more 1-2-3 Irish finishes followed. Shannon Lunn, Jessica Troen and Mackenzie Bailey claimed the top three spots in the 50 freestyle and Sawyer Murray, Wenman and Megan Busse went uncontested in the 1-meter dive.

Michelle Simms and Garrity then came in 1-2 in the 100 butterfly, and Cassandra Hutchins, Bailey and Lunn took the top three spots in the 100 freestyle.

The 500 freestyle was also dominated by Irish swimmers, with Johnston, Ashley Heimkes and Trier Buhrsmith reaching the finish 1-2-3.

The Irish completed a sweep of the relays with Garrity, Simms, Troen and Johnston teaming up to win the 200 freestyle relay and Herron, Garrity, Johnston and Wenman claiming the 400 freestyle relay.

Herron added an individual gold in the 100 backstroke and Tesch, Simms and Carissa Boerboom earned the team's seventh 1-2-3 showing in the 100 breaststroke.

The Irish are back in action next Thursday against Burnsville.

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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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