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Swimming: No. 9 Irish improve to 4-0

The home pool at Rosemount Middle School has been quite kind to the Irish girls swimming and diving team over the first three weeks of the season.

The Eighth-ranked Irish opened the season with four straight home meets and won them all, the most recent a 105-81 victory over Prior Lake last Thursday.

"The girls have a lot of energy and have been working hard because they are seeing great results," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. "As coaches it has been really exciting to coach them and watch them work hard and race fast. We are hoping we can keep this pace and energy up for the remainder of the season. Each meet they are getting stronger and faster - it is amazing!"

Last Thursday, the Irish started the meet with back-to-back first-place finishes and went on to win eight of the meet's 12 events.

The 200 medley relay team of senior Beth Wenman, freshman Olivia Johnston, freshman Katrina Orthmann and senior Teija Normandeau set the tone with a first-place time of 2 minutes, 21.54 seconds. Eighth-grader Megan Wenman followed with a victory in the 200 freestyle and went on to claim the top spot in the 100 freestyle, as well.

"We have some freshmen and eighth-graders that really filled the gap we were missing last year," Carlson said.

After a Prior Lake win in the 200 individual medley, Normandeau provided a first-place finish for the Irish in the 50 freestyle. Sawyer Murray then won the one-meter dive with a score of 182.60.

The Irish added three straight first-place finishes later in the meet. Johnston joined Normandeau, Megan Wenman and Madeline Ryan in the first-place 200 freestyle relay and went on to claim the top spot in the 100 breaststroke. In between, Elyse Griffith took home gold in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:02.71.

"The girls really worked hard the last couple of weeks to win this meet," Carlson said. "We knew it would be a close meet and the girls just did everything right. They finished their races strong and touched out to place in many of the races."

The Irish will put their unblemished record on the line tonight when they travel to Bloomington for their first road meet of the year against Kennedy at Oak Grove Middle School. The team competes again at the Marauder Invite at St. Catherine's College in St. Paul.