Swimming: Four firsts propel Farmington to 2nd
The list of 2010 accomplishments keeps getting longer for the Farmington girls swimming and diving team.
Coming off an 11th-place finish at the program's first-ever appearance at the Class 2A True Team State Meet, the Tigers improved from fifth to second at Saturday's Missota Conference Championships in Northfield.
The runner-up Tigers finished with 342 points to the Raiders' 455, but the battle between the league's top two teams was closer than it appeared as Northfield held a 51-point edge in the 1-meter dive and a 40-point advantage in the 400 freestyle relay, where Farmington's No. 1 team was disqualified.
"There was an outside chance we could have beat Northfield," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "What really did us in was their strongest event -- diving -- as they scored 60 points in that event alone. That point accumulation in a single event is just too much to overcome."
Still, the Tigers won four events and qualified five swimmers for all-conference honors.
Freshman Kaitlyn O'Reilly once again had a banner meet while earning all-league plaudits, helping the Tigers to three event victories. She opened by joining teammates Elizabeth Wolfe, Caitlin Kracke and Ellie Sundet for a winning time of 1 minute, 55.96 seconds in the 200 medley relay.
O'Reilly came back to capture gold in the 200 yard individual medley (2:16.63) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.43).
Sisters Caitlin and Kirsten Kracke were also named all-Missota performers. Caitlin added a third-place showing in the 100 freestyle and a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle, while Kirsten placed eighth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 100 backstroke and teamed up with Robin Ellis, Sarah O'Reilly and Abby Haugen for a fourth-place time of 1:47.17 in the 200 freestyle relay.
Sarah O'Reilly and Wolfe were each honorable mention all-conference honorees. O'Reilly added eighth-place swims in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle and Wolfe defended her title in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:11.20 clocking.
Four other Tiger swimmers finished in the top 10 in multiple events. Cora Ruzicka placed sixth in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 200 individual medley. Sara Kintner was ninth in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the 500 freestyle. Robin Ellis finished 10th in both the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and Ellie Sundet came in 10th in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle.
Delaney Wright added a seventh-place time of 1:06.99 in the 100 backstroke and Haugen was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.16.
Hannah Seitzinger chipped in an eighth-place effort in the 100 butterfly.