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Swimming: O'Reilly wins four events as Tigers top Red Wing

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The Farmington girls swimming and diving team had no trouble gliding by Red Wing in its Missota Conference season opener last Tuesday.

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Led by Kaitlyn O'Reilly's four first-place finishes, the Tigers won nine of the meet's 12 events in a 90-88 victory in Red Wing. The visitors led 90-50 after nine events, causing the last three events to be swum as exhibitions.

"Red Wing was a good meet for us," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "The girls are swimming fast right now."

O'Reilly opened the meet by teaming up with Zoe Avestruz, Abby Haugen and Kirsten Kracke for a winning time of 1 minute, 56.25 seconds in the 200 medley relay. She then topped the field in the 100 freestyle before teaming back up with Avestruz, Haugen and Kracke to claim the 200 freestyle relay. O'Reilly came back an event later to win the 100 backstroke by more than seven seconds in 1:01.54.

Avestruz, Kracke and Haugen each added individual titles of their own. Avestruz won the 200 individual medley in 2:23.92, Kracke took the 50 freestyle in 26.65 and Haugen took home gold in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.87.

Other event victories went to Sara Kintner in the 500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay team of Robin Ellis, Sarah O'Reilly, Hannah Seitzinger and Chloe Holton.

The Tigers finished second in eight events: The 200 medley relay, Haugen in the 50 freestyle, Kendall Novak in the 1-meter dive, Avestruz in the 100 butterfly, Cora Ruzicka in the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay, Ellis in the 100 backstroke and Kintner in the 100 breaststroke.

The Tigers are back at Dodge Middle School tonight when they host Chaska.

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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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