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Swimming and diving: Young swimmers drop opener at South, 96-88

Opening the season can bring on nervousness from even the most experienced girls swimming and diving teams.

Rosemount coach Tami Carlson knows she has a young team. She expected some nerves the first time out. She was also pleased with how the team performed in a loss at Lakeville South.

"The girls were very excited for the first meet," Carlson said. "The freshmen were a little nervous, but swam hard and were pleased with their times."

With the inexperience, Carlson also expects her team to improve as the season continues. The first meet offered signs of encouragement that the transition won't take very long.

Rosemount lost 96-88 at Lakeville South. The Irish won six events, but trailed throughout.

"Lakeville and RHS matched up very well," Carlson said. "We had a lot of great races that were close. We just didn't have the depth that Lakeville had. Our team is a very young team and we are hoping to improve each meet."

The returning athletes for Rosemount gave the Irish a foundation to build from.

Beth Wenman, Elyse Griffith, Claire Tolan and Megan Jelinski led the way for Rosemount.

Tolan won the 200- and 500-meter freestyle races.

Wenman won the 100 butterfly and was second in the 200 individual medley. Griffith won the 100 backstroke and placed second in the 100 freestyle.

Jelinski was third in the 200 IM behind Wenman and third in the 500 freestyle behind Tolan. She was also part of two relays.

"Beth Wenman, Elyse Griffith, Claire Tolan, Megan Jelinski, have been working very hard at practices," Carlson said. "Their times against Lakeville reflected their hard work and they will continue to improve and work hard."

Rosemount's Anna Adrian touched the wall in second place in the 50 freestyle.

"Anna Adrian has been a great surprise," Carlson said. "We knew she was going to dive with us this year, but didn't realize her swimming potential. Anna has been working hard at swimming and diving and fitting both practices into her schedule."

Adrian was second in diving as the Irish swept the top three spots. Claire Judeh's 177.05 total won the event for Rosemount. Sawyer Murray was third.

Griffith, Wenman, Adrian and Jelinski combined to place second in the 200 medley relay. The quartet also won the 400 freestyle relay.

Sara Devitt, Adrian, Kennedy Erdmann, and Tolan teamed up in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing second.