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Swimming: O'Reilly leads Tigers to 19th

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Swimming: O'Reilly leads Tigers to 19th
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It was another successful trip the Class 2A state meet for the Farmington swimming and diving team.

The Tigers got two more all-state performances from junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly and all four swimmers in the 15th-place 200 freestyle relay turned in lifetime-best splits as the team placed 19th out of 34 scoring teams with 31 points at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

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"We're happy with our results," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "Kaitlyn had a great meet and our relay swimmers did a great job in the finals."

O'Reilly earned all-state honors in the same two events she did a year ago as she placed fourth in the 200 individual medley and seventh in the 100 backstroke. She fell back one spot in the 200 individual medley despite swimming a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 4.66 seconds in the finals. The top two finishers garnered all-American honors and the third-through-fifth finishers earned all-American consideration.

O'Reilly clocked in at 57.88 seconds in the 100 backstroke final to come in seventh for the second straight year. She was also eighth in the event as a freshman.

The Tigers made it to Saturday's consolation finals in the 200 freestyle relay. Senior Robin Ellis (25.55), sophomore Ellie Sundet (25.31), junior Cora Ruzicka (24.92) and sophomore Kirsten Kracke (24.18) combined for a 15th-place time of 1:39.96.

Kracke, Ruzicka, Sundet and O'Reilly also teamed up for a 19th-place time of 3:42.13 in the 400 freestyle relay prelims.

Kracke added a 54.24 clocking that tied her for 18th in the 100 freestyle prelims.

Edina won the team title 228-222 over runner-up Wayzata after Minnetonka was disqualified for violating entry rules and had points taken off the board in all three relays. Eden Prairie moved up to third with 220 points and Minnetonka settled for fourth with 200 1/2 points.

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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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