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Girls swimming and diving: Irish dominate in opener

Rosemount's Olivia Johnston swims the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay during last Thursday's dual win over Apple Valley.

The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team wasted little time pulling away from Apple Valley in last Thursday’s season-opening meet at the Rosemount Middle School pool.

The Irish used a couple of 1-2-3 finishes to take a 38-8 lead through three events, and went on to push the meet into exhibition scoring with three events to go in a 101-77 rout of their South Suburban Conference rivals.

The foursome of Katie Garrity, Olivia Johnston, Megan Wenman and Michelle Simms opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 54.46 seconds. Garrity recovered in time to lead a 1-2-3 Irish finish in the 200 freestyle and Wenman followed that up by leading a 1-2-3 showing of her own in the 200 individual medley.

Johnston then earned her second gold with a time of 26.04 in the 50 freestyle.

Sawyer Murray followed with another Irish first-place finish in the 1-meter dive, which she won handily with a score of 200.55.

The Irish extended their lead with the third of their five 1-2-3 finishes in the 100 butterfly. Abby Tesch set the pace in the event with a time of 1:00.50.

After Grace Herron won gold in the 100 freestyle, Shannon Lunn led a 1-2-3 Irish showing in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:47.09. Herron, Cassandra Hutchins, Tesch and Wenman then cruised to victory in the 200 freestyle relay, giving the Irish a 101-39 lead and sending the meet into exhibition scoring.

Garrity kept the streak of first-place finishes alive with a win in the 100 backstroke, and Amanda O’Brien earned her first gold in the 100 breaststroke.

The foursome of Herron, Johnston, Simms and Garrity closed out the meet with a 24-second margin of victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Irish are back at home tonight against Prior Lake. Events begin at 6 p.m.