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Girls swimming and diving: Irish finish unbeaten in the SSC

The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team won eight of 12 events last Tuesday night to cap off an unbeaten run through the South Suburban Conference with a 94-87 win over Lakeville South at Kenwood Trail Middle School.

The team score was locked at 31-31 through four events, but the Irish pulled away with a pair of 1-2-3 finishes. The first came in the 1-meter dive where Claire Judeh won with a score of 166.65 and teammates Sawyer Murray and Kristina Terhaar rounded out the top three. The 100 butterfly followed and Grace Herron reached the finish in 1 minute, 3.67 seconds to claim first. She was backed by Katrina Orthmann in second and Carissa Boerboom in third.

Leading 57-37, the Irish rattled off three more first-place finishes. Megan Wenman bested the field in the 100 freestyle, Katie Garrity followed up her 200 individual medley victory with a win in the 500 freestyle and Olivia Johnston, Madeline Ryan, Herron and Ryan teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay.

A 2-3-4 finish by Claire Tolan, Michelle Simms and Jessica Troen in the 100 backstroke gave the Irish a 94-62 advantage and put the meet into exhibition scoring for the final two events. For good measure, the Irish won both -- Johnston posted a five-second margin of victory in the 100 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay of Garrity, Herron, Tolan and Wenman won by three seconds.

Tolan, Johnston, Wenman and Ryan also opened the meet with a first-place swim in the 200 medley relay.

The Irish don't compete again until the Section 3AA Championships Nov. 7 and 9 at Hidden Oaks Middle School.