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Swimming and Diving: Irish lose meet in return to pool

With nine days off between meets, the Rosemount girls swimming and diving team had its plenty of practice time to work on some technique issues and continue to increase speed.

Those things might help the Irish avoid a disappointing recent trend -- getting touched out at the wall in too many close races.

For Rosemount coach Jim Ertl, returning to the pool against Bloomington Jefferson last week would signify how far the Irish have come.

"Honestly, we didn't swim very well," Ertl said. "I thought it would be a meet that would kind of define where we are at. I don't think it did at all."

Rosemount lost 108-77 to Jefferson.

"I thought we could go with those guys to the end," Ertl said. "They are a good freestyling team and we have some good ones. I was disappointed with that. There have been other teams this year, a couple of better performances, where we would be close against better teams and would not get the touch. We just haven't been getting them."

Another new example of being touched out came in the first event against Jefferson.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Rosemount placed second, just .05 seconds behind Jefferson. Lanette Griffith, Beth Wenman, Colleen Baker and Teija Normandeau combined to touch the wall in 2 minutes, 1.78 seconds.

"That's what's been happening all year," Ertl said. "They go 2:01.73 and we go 2:01.78 and get touched out. Then we get touched out in another event. That's a big difference. That's a 12-point difference."

McKenzie Tolan won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.39, one of the few touches Rosemount had on the evening. But again, Claire Tolan just missed out on third place, finishing fourth.

Rebecca Eggers dropped four seconds to swim a 2:11.84 in the event.

In the individual medley, Beth Wenman was touched out by 16 hundreths of a second to place second. Jefferson took a big point swing by placing first, third and fourth in the event.

"We didn't get any other places," Ertl said. "We needed to be in there and it didn't happen."

The same happened in the 50 freestyle with Colleen Baker placing second.

The Irish were on the winning end of a close competition in diving, and then added more points to the team total.

Katrina Clayton tallied a career-best 211.50 to place first, winning by just .30 points.

Claire Judeh also had a lifetime-best with a score of 168.80.

"They both got their best scores, that was very nice," Ertl said.

McKenzie Tolan placed second in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 56.91.

In the JV race, Celia Peloquin had her lifetime best of 1:04.79 to add points to the team total.

Claire Tolan came back to win the 500 freestyle, winning by .05 seconds.

Lanette Griffith took third and Lindsey Erickson was sixth.

From there, Ertl tried to capitalize points by splitting up his combinations in the 200 freestyle relay.

Rosemount finished second and third, but in hindsight, a first-place finish might have been a key point tally.

"We split them hoping to go 2-3 and we did that," Ertl said. "But, we should have went back and tried to win one. It would have been kind of tough."

Wenman, Teija Normandeau, Katie Heinsen, and Claire Tolan combined to place second. McKenzie Tolan, Nicole Floersch, Julie Normandeau, and Eggers placed third as a team.

The Irish went first and second in the 100 backstroke.

Lanette Griffith placed first with a time of 1:06.63. Elyse Griffith was second in 1:07.11.

Wenman added another first-place finish in the breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:14.06

Rosemount now has two weeks off before the section preliminaries on Nov. 12.

"It is quite a bit, the longest time we have ever had," Ertl said of the large breaks in competition. "They added a week to the season."