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Swimming: O'Reilly wins three in Farmington swimming loss

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Northfield won 8 of 12 events in a 97-89 victory over Farmington last Thursday at the Dodge Middle School pool.

The host Tigers won the first event of the meet as the foursome of Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Abby Haugen, Zoe Avestruz and Kirsten Kracke claimed the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 54.52 seconds. O'Reilly came back to top the field in the 200 freestyle, tying the score at 23-23 through three events.

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Northfield proceeded to earn first-place finishes in the next six events, building a 77-63 advantage. The Tigers closed the gap back to six points with back-to-back wins in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. Kracke finished first in the backstroke with a time of 1:04.54 and O'Reilly turned in her third first-place finish with a 1:12.74 clocking in the 100 breaststroke.

The Tigers had eight runner-up performances, starting with Kracke in the 200 individual medley. Avestruz followed with a second-place time of 25.31 in the 50 freestyle and went on to place second in the 100 freestyle in 55.87 and as part of the 400 relay, which also included Ellie Sundet, Chloe Holton and Chelsea Gehrke.

Cora Ruzicka was second in both the 100 butterfly (1:04.12) and 500 freestyle (5:33.31).

O'Reilly, Gehrke, Robin Ellis and Hannah Seitzinger teamed up to earn runner-up honors in the 200 relay with a 1:47.40 clocking and Kendall Novak claimed second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 135.35.

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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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