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Girls swimming and diving: Irish 8th at state

Rosemount and Farmington finished in familiar places at Saturday’s Class 2A True Team state meet.

The Irish, competing in the meet for the third straight year, finished eighth out of 12 teams for the second year in a row with 1,382 ½ points. The Tigers returned to the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center after a two-year absence and once again placed 11th with 822 points.

Wayzata ran away with the meet with 2,342 points, followed by Stillwater, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Edina in the top five.

“The girls were fired up and swam well,” Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.

The Irish turned in a dozen top-10 finishes, led by Katie Garrity’s individual victory in the 500 freestyle. The freshman turned in a season-best time of 5 minutes, 63-hundredths of a second to win by just over a second. Garrity also placed seventh in the 200 individual medley and swam legs of Rosemount’s top two relays. She combined with Megan Wenman, Grace Herron and Olivia Johnston for a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay and Wenman, Herron and Cassandra Hutchins for a fourth-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay.

Wenman also shined individually, swimming to second place in the 200 freestyle, where she was seven-hundredths of a second away from victory, and third in the 100 freestyle.

Herron led the Irish with a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle and placed sixth in the 100 butterfly. Teammate Abby Tesch was fifth in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 200 freestyle.

Johnston cracked the top 10 individually in the 100 breaststroke where she placed ninth, and teamed up with Tesch, Hutchins and Carissa Boerboom for a ninth-place effort in the meet-opening 200 medley relay.

Kaitlyn O’Reilly was the only Tiger swimmer to achieve a top-10 finish. The senior turned in a time of 1:00.66 to place ninth in the 100 backstroke. O’Reilly also joined Kirsten Kracke, Chelsea Gehrke and Cora Ruzicka for an 11th-place swim in the 200 freestyle relay and a 17th-place showing in the 200 medley relay.

Individually, Kracke tacked on an 11th-place finish in the 100 freestyle and a 17th-place effort in the 50 freestyle.

Kendall Novak added a 14th-place score in the 1-meter dive.

“It was an honor to be at True Team state as we were able to race with the best in the state and it was a great experience,” Farmington coach Jen Marshall said.

The Tigers compete again at the Missota Conference Championships Saturday at Shakopee. Both the Tigers and Irish then have some time to prepare for the section championships, which begin in two weeks.