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Swimming: O'Reilly sets 500 record in victory

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The Farmington girls swimming and diving team beat Red Wing for the first time ever last season. The wait for victory No. 2 over the Wingers wasn't nearly as long.

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The Tigers won nine of the meet's 12 events last Tuesday at Dodge Middle School and rolled to a lopsided 95-77 win over their Missota Conference rivals.

The foursome of Kirsten Kracke, Katelyn O'Reilly, Elizabeth Wolfe and Abby Haugen won the meet-opening 200 medley relay in 1:57.55 and the Tigers went on to sweep all three relays.

O'Reilly went on to post a school record in the 500 freestyle with a first-place time of 5:24.04. The previous record was held by Lindsey Ternes, who swam a 5:26.15 in 2006. O'Reilly also placed second in the 50 freestyle.

Ellie Sundet won two events for the Tigers. She claimed the 200 freestyle in 2:08.02 and Kracke followed with a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley and a first-place showing in the 100 butterfly before Sundet came back to top the field in the 100 freestyle.

Sara Kintner was just a second behind Sundet in the 200 freestyle. She swam to lifetime-best times in both the 200 and 500 freestyles.

"(Kintner's) looking great in practices and her hard work is showing in her races," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said.

Jade Alm helped Farmington pull ahead 49-23 in the team race by winning the 1-meter dive with a score of 124.85.

Wolfe tacked on a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke where she clocked in at a stellar 1:11.31.

"Elizabeth Wolfe is looking very impressive at this point in the season," Marshall said. "She's already about 2-3 seconds faster than where she was last year at this time."

The Tigers compete again tonight when they travel to Chaska Middle School East for a 6 p.m. meet against Chanhassen.

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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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