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Girls swimming and diving: Wenman sets pool records at Lakeville North

Megan Wenman set two new pool records last Tuesday at Kenwood Trail Middle School, but Lakeville North outscored the Irish 32-14 over the meet’s final three events to hand them their first dual loss of the season, 100-85.

“The girls swam hard and didn’t look back,” Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said. “We had a lot of girls get their personal best or very close to their season-best times at this meet, which is pretty amazing seeing we trained right through and even had a practice that morning.... We’re just going to keep on training and working hard to meet our team and individual goals.”

The Irish took their final lead at 71-68 after Wenman, Grace Herron, Michelle Simms and Cassandra Hutchins combined on a winning time of 1 minute, 40.43 seconds in the 200 freestyle relay. The Panthers answered with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 backstroke, and then made it 90-81 with a 2-3-4 showing in the 100 breaststroke. They clinched the meet by winning the 400 freestyle by 11-hundredths of a second.

The Irish trailed 10-4 early on after a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, but made up ground thanks to Wenman’s record-setting time of 1:53.33 in the 200 freestyle. A 1-2-3 finish in the 1-meter dive by Sawyer Murray, Megan Busse and Megan McKenzie gave the Irish a one-point lead at 39-38, through five events.

Wenman followed with her second record-setting performance in the 100 freestyle where she clocked in at 52.08 seconds to win by over two seconds.

Katie Garrity then won the 500 freestyle to give the Irish a 63-62 edge. Garrity was also second in the 200 individual medley.

Abby Tesch added a runner-up swim in the 100 butterfly.

The Irish are back in the pool tonight at Burnsville.