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Swimming and diving: Swimmers fall to Eagan in first home meet

While Tami Carlson is in her first season as the head coach of the Rosemount girls swimming and diving team, she has been in the coaching profession long enough to know team depth can make a difference, even in dual meets.

The reality has certainly hit home for the Irish this season.

Rosemount has had its share of top finishes with its returning talent, but to succeed as a team, the Irish need the younger swimmers to step forward. In the first home meet of the season, Rosemount lost 99-85 against Eagan last week.

"We took first or second in every event, but didn't have any third place finishes and only managed three fourth place finishes, which hurt us in points," Carlson said.

The Irish did finish with one third-place showing, as they swept the top three spots in diving.

Claire Judeh took the top spot with 184.05 points. Sawyer Murray finished second, scoring 159.35 points. Anna Adrian was third with 159.45 points.

"Claire Judeh had one of her best dual meets," Carlson said.

Yet, the Irish couldn't close the gap in the swimming events.

Rosemount won five events.

Beth Wenman won the 200-yard individual medley, beating an Eagan swimmer to the wall by a half-second in 2 minutes, 17.03 seconds.

Elyse Griffith won the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Wenman, Adrian, Kennedy Erdmann and Claire Tolan combined to win the 200 freestyle relay. Griffith, Tolan, Megan Jelinski and Wenman then finished the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

Tolan took second place in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle races.

Anna Adrian and Lindsey Erickson each added second-place finishes. Adrian's runner-up effort came in the 50 freestyle, while Erickson touched the wall in second in the 100 breaststroke.

"Lindsey Erickson and Anna Adrian had great swims," Carlson said.

Griffith, Wenman, Adrian and Jelinski teamed up for a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay, but the Irish fell behind quickly and couldn't recover.

"We had some great races with Eagan, but couldn't find the depth to win the meet," Carlson said.

JV drops a close one

Rosemount's Courtney Schmidt won the 200 freestyle during the JV competition, but the Irish ended with a close 92-87 loss in the JV dual meet.

The Irish's Carisa Brown won the diving competition with Kristina Terhaar finishing second.

Megan Kappes won the 500 freestyle.

Sarah Swanson, Carley Johnson, Morgan McCormick, and Megan Hedtke combined to win the 200 freestyle relay, while Savannah Burr, Maggie St. Ores, Erin Natoli and Marissa Larson helped Rosemount to a win in the 400 freestyle relay.