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Swimming: O'Reilly wins two, sets pool 100 backstroke record at Northfield

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Junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly supplied Farmington's two first-place finishes during last Tuesday's 101-85 Missota Conference dual loss at Northfield.

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"We were very pleased with the meet,"?Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "When comparing results with last year's at this time, we're leaps and bounds faster right out of the gate, which should prove for very fast times come championship season."

O'Reilly opened the meet by joining Chelsea Gehrke, Cora Ruzicka and Kirsten Kracke for a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, the first of 10 second-place finishes in 12 events for the Tigers.

O'Reilly earned gold in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 12.40 seconds, and then came back to win the 100 backstroke in 59.89 seconds. That clocking broke Northfield's three-year-old pool record.

She closed out the meet by teaming up with Kracke, Ruzicka and Ellie Sundet for a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Also placing second for the Tigers were Sundet in the 200 freestyle, Kracke in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Nikki Cayard in the 1-meter dive, Ruzicka in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, Gehrke in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle relay of Gehrke, Chloe Holton, Sundet and Hannah Seitzinger.

The Tigers are back in action at home tonight against Red Wing at Dodge Middle School. Events begin at 6 p.m.

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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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