Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014.
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The Farmington Tigers and Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving teams both had representatives compete at the Class AA state swimming and diving tournament Nov. 14-16. Rosemount finished 17th as a team with 47 points while Farmington was 28th with 12 points.
Fourteen Rosemount Irish athletes signed their Letters of Intents to play collegiate athletics Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, on the first day of the early signing period. Fourteen commitments to play Division I and II athletics on one signing day is a record for Rosemount High School and sports from all three seasons were represented. Below are the athletes, where they are headed to and what sport they will play.
The season started off on the right foot Saturday night for the Rosemount Irish girls' hockey team as they traveled to Hastings and beat the Raiders 3-2 in a game that did not seem as close as the score indicates. The Irish dominated play for much of the game and were only outshot as they fended off the Hastings' comeback attempt late in the third period.
Senior Anna Wenman, junior Molly Urkiel and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Wenman, Molly Urkiel, Grace Urkiel and Taylor Barabash all qualified for the Class AA state meet for the Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving team. The team competed in the Section 3AA swimming and diving meet last Wednesday-Friday in Apple Valley where they had 14 entries in 11 events including diving. They will compete at the state meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Nov. 14-16. The preliminaries are Thursday and the finals Friday. Heading to state
The Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving team competed in their Section 3AA preliminary races Wednesday evening at the Bluewater Aquatic Center in Apple Valley. All relays made it to the finals on Friday as well as swimmers in every event. Diving preliminaries take place Thursday evening. The top two swimmers/teams in each event, plus anyone under the qualifying standard time in the events. The top four divers in each section also qualify for the state meet. Below are those swimmers who qualified for the finals by event, the top eight relays and 16 swimmers in each event advanced.
Senior Luke Labatte and the Rosemount girls' varsity cross-country team competed in the Class AA state cross-country meet this Saturday on the campus of St. Olaf College. Labatte went for the win with an aggressive plan in his last race for the Irish and ended up taking seventh with a time of 15 minutes, 40.4 seconds in a talented field. The Irish girls finished 11th with 269 points, just 13 points behind 10th-place Marshall and return all seven varsity runners next season.
It's not deja vu if the end of the season for the Rosemount Irish football team feels awfully familiar—for the second straight year the Irish have been eliminated from the Class 6A playoffs by the Minnetonka Skippers. Rosemount fell at home Friday night to Minnetonka 13-10 in a close game where the Irish committed too many turnovers. However, it was a closer game than last year when the roles were reversed as the Irish traveled to Minnetonka in the fresh snow and cold and lost 21-7 to end their season. With this year's loss, Rosemount's seven-game winning streak comes to an end after starting the season 0-2 and they finish the season 7-3.
Rosemount volleyball faced off with the top-ranked Eagan Wildcats Tuesday night in Eagan for the chance to advance to the Section 3AAA championship match. The Irish knew going in that they would have to play close to flawless volleyball to be able to beat the Wildcats, and while they played well, it was not enough as they were swept by Eagan 3-0—25-13, 25-16, 25-14. Rosemount finishes the season with an overall record of 13-18 and will graduate six seniors that made up the core of this year's squad.
The Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving team beat the Eastview Lightning during Senior Night last Tuesday as they capped off the regular season. The Irish won eight of the twelve events as they head into the postseason with the Section 3AA meet at BlueWater Aquatics in Apple Valley Nov. 7-9.
The Rosemount Irish cross-country teams continued their tradition of sending teams and individuals to the state meet when they competed at the Section 3AA meet at Valleywood Golf Course last Thursday. The Irish girls won the section title for the second year in a row while the boys took third, one place away from qualifying. Senior Luke Labatte won his second straight section title and seventh-grader Daisy Islas continued her tremendous debut season with a championship of her own to help lead the Rosemount girls.