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Girls swimming and diving: Irish swim to section three-peat

The Rosemount girls swimming and diving team will be well-represented at next week's Class 2A state meet.

The Section 3AA Championships seem to bring out the best in the Rosemount girls swimming and diving team.

The Irish won the meet for the third year in a row Friday night at Richfield Middle School, qualifying a school-record 15 events for next week’s Class 2A state meet in the process. The team qualified 13 events for state last season and 10 the season before that.

This year’s Irish continued the domination, scoring 478 ½ points to leave runner-up Woodbury 150 points back. The team won nine of the meet’s 12 events, broke six school records and established three pool records and two section meet records.

“It was an amazing meet. The girls worked so hard all season. It was nice to see such huge drops in time,” Rosemount coach Tami Carlson said.

Returning all-stater Megan Wenman earned the Swimmer of the Meet award and will return to state in four events. The sophomore opened Friday’s finals by setting a pool and section meet record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 51.12 seconds. She came back for another first-place finish and pool record in the 100 freestyle (51.79) before anchoring the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays to section titles. The team’s 3:32.38 clocking in the 400 freestyle also set a new school record and gave Wenman a hand in three pool records on the day.

Grace Herron and Katie Garrity, also four-event state qualifiers, joined Wenman in both relays. Three-event qualifier Cassandra Hutchins (200 freestyle) and four-event qualifier Olivia Johnston (400 freestyle) swam the other legs.

Herron added a pair of individual section titles and set new school records in both, winning the 50 freestyle in 24.26 and then the 100 butterfly in 57.16. Garrity picked up another section championship in the 500 freestyle and came in under the state standard with a time of 2:09.08 in the 200 IM.

Johnston won that 200 IM with a school-record time of 2:06.52. She also joined Hutchins, Abby Tesch and Michelle Simms for a second-place and school-record swim in the 200 medley relay and swam to second place in another school-record time of 1:05.19 in the 100 breaststroke.

Tesch qualified in a pair of individual events, as well, placing second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly. Hutchins did the same, scoring second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle.

On Thursday, diver Sawyer Murray earned a state berth with a third-place score of 338.15.

Simms added to the Irish’s point total with sixth-place finishes in both the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Teammate Madeline Ryan was seventh in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle. Another sixth-place finish was turned in by Amanda O’Brien in the 100 breaststroke.

Jessica Troen was seventh in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke.

The Irish return to the Class 2A state meet beginning Monday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis. Last year the team placed 13th with 64 points, with the highest finishes coming from Wenman in the 100 freestyle (second) and 200 freestyle (sixth).