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Farmington senior Kaitlyn O’Reilly swims to a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle during last Thursday’s meet at Dodge Middle School. O’Reilly was part of three first-place finishes for the Tigers.

Girls swimming and diving: Storm sinks Tigers

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Sixth-rated (Class 2A) Chanhassen knocked Farmington from the ranks of the unbeatens with a 103-83 dual win over the Tigers last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool.

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Senior All-Stater Kaitlyn O’Reilly did her part to keep the score close, helping the Tigers to three of their four first-place finishes. O’Reilly won the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, and combined with Kirsten Kracke, Cora Ruzicka and Chelsea Gehrke to claim the 200 freestyle relay.

The Storm, meanwhile, won eight of the meet’s 12 events. Former Tiger Zoe Avestruz contributed to four of those efforts, swimming legs of the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay and winning the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke in convincing fashion.

The Tigers closed an early deficit with a 1-2-3 finish in the 1-meter dive. Nikki Cayard won the event and teammates Kendall Novak and Tori Sontag were close behind. The Storm surged back ahead with 1-2 finishes in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle.

Finishing second for the Tigers were Kracke in the 50 freestyle, Gehrke in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley, the 400 freestyle relay team of Kracke, Ruzicka, O’Reilly and Ellie Sundet and the 200 medley relay foursome of Gehrke, Sundet, Emily Ley and Lexie Bray.

The Tigers are back in the pool Saturday at Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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