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Girls swimming recap: Depth was a strength for swim team

During the middle of the season, the Rosemount girls swimming and diving team was competing in several close dual meets.

Some of the final results went the Irish's way. Some went the way of the opponent.

It was the story of the season for Rosemount. The Irish had some very big accomplishments, and there were times they thought they might have a little bit more to offer.

Yet, Rosemount and coach Jim Ertl enjoyed the competition of the season.

Look at those close dual meets. Rosemount earned one win out of those Lake Conference matchups, but the Irish had a good time in the process, regardless of the final outcome.

"We did our best with the lineup we could put together at the time," Ertl said. "We went after teams. We got one of them. The other ones were close and came down to the last event. That's OK. That's good. It's what competition is about. That's all you can ask for is to be there at the last event."

Rosemount went 5-5 in dual meets. The biggest breakthrough came in the True Team events. The Irish placed second at the True Team section meet and earned a wild card berth in the True Team state meet.

They also placed second at the Packer Invite and fourth at the season-ending section meet.

"I think we had a pretty good season," Ertl said. "We were happy with how we advanced throughout the season, looking at where people started out and where we ended up. We developed some good depth. That was our one big goal, getting improvement from everybody."

The Irish take pride in the True Team events. Ertl pushes the philosophy of a team approach and that is proven in the True Team competitions, where every swimmer and diver is scored.

"Even being the last team in, we showed some real depth," Ertl said. "Just to be there is a pretty good accomplishment."

McKenzie Tolan and Beth Wenman were the team's most valuable athletes after each advanced to state in multiple events.

Julie Normandeau was named the most improved athlete, while Claire Judeh won the diver of the year award for the team. The rookie of the year was Megan Jelinski.

Tolan and Wenman were all-conference swimmers, while Lanette Griffith, Julie Normandeau, Teija Normandeau and Nadezda Rybina earned all-conference honorable mention.

An exchange student for Rosemount, Rybina was a standout in her only season for the Irish.