Farmington Tigers qualify for five events in state swimming meet
It's going to be another busy state meet for Kaitlyn O'Reilly.
The junior will compete in four events this weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center after setting two individual meet records and helping the Tigers qualify a pair of relays for state while placing fourth as a team Saturday at the Section 1AA Championships at the Rochester Rec Center.
For her efforts, O'Reilly was honored as Farmington's first Section 1AA Swimmer of the Year. The junior, who has qualified for state in four events three straight years since advancing in three events as an eighth-grader, opened Saturday's finals in Rochester by besting the eight-year-old meet record in the 200 IM with a clocking of 2 minutes, 5.26 seconds. That ranks her third among the entrants in the state meet.
O'Reilly then joined teammates Robin Ellis, Cora Ruzicka and Kirsten Kracke for a third-place finish and a state berth in the 200 freestyle relay.
O'Reilly came back an event later to topple her own meet record in the 200 freestyle. Her time of 57.17 was one one-hundredth of a second faster than her section-winning time a year ago and ranks third among state qualifiers in the event. Former teammate Zoe Avestruz, now of Chanhassen, owns the state's fastest qualifying time.
O'Reilly closed out the meet by anchoring the 400 freestyle relay to fourth place and a state-qualifying time of 3:39.45. Kracke, Ruzicka and Ellie Sundet rounded out the relay.
Kracke will return to state in three events as she also earned a spot in the 100 freestyle with a third-place time of 53.71.
Other Tiger swimmers to make the finals were Sundet in the 200 freestyle (5th) and 100 freestyle (8th), Ruzicka in the 500 freestyle (6th) and 100 butterfly (7th), Kracke in the 50 freestyle (6th), Kendall Novak in the 1-meter dive (6th), Ellis in the 50 freestyle (7th), Sara Kintner in the 100 breaststroke (7th) and Chelsea Gehrke in the 100 butterfly (8th).
Rochester John Marshall won the team title 368-344 over runner-up Hastings. Rochester Mayo followed in third with 331 points and Farmington was fourth with 302.