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Girls swimming: Irish breeze by Apple Valley

It took just eight events for the Rosemount girls swimming and diving team to put its season-opening meet into exhibition scoring last Thursday night.

The Irish won the first eight events of the meet - and placed second in seven of them - as they built a commanding 98-28 lead in an eventual 98-78 South Suburban Conference dual win over Apple Valley at Valley Middle School.

"Rosemount had a great start to the swim season. We are four weeks in to the season and the girls have been working extremely hard," Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. "Their hard work really showed with their times against Apple Valley."

The 200 medley relay team of Katie Garrity, Abby Tesch, Megan Wenman and Grace Herron set the tone for the meet, winning the opening event by less than half a second over Rosemount's No. 2 team, but by five seconds over third-place Apple Valley.

That turned out to be the first of five straight 1-2 Irish finishes to start the meet. Claire Tolan and Megan Jelinski set the pace in the 200 freestyle, followed by Olivia Johnston and Katrina Orthmann in the 200 IM, Madeline Ryan and Michelle Simms in the 50 freestyle and Claire Judeh and Sawyer Murray in the 1-meter dive.

Wenman then won the 100 butterfly and Herron, Madeline Ryan and Linde Toenges came in 1-2-3 in the 100 freestyle to push the Irish lead to 86-24.

Rosemount clinched the meet with a 1-2 finish by Jelinski and Jessica Troen in the 500 freestyle and went on to place 1-2 in three of the final four events.

Both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams breezed to the top two spots, as did Tolan and Simms in the 100 backstroke.

The Irish made their home debut at Rosemount Middle School Tuesday and are back in action tonight at Prior Lake.