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Farmington's Ellie Sundet swims to a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley during last Tuesday's dual meet against Rochester Century at Dodge Middle School.

Swimming: Swimmers pushed by Panthers

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A talented Rochester Century team helped Farmington's swimmers post some solid times during a 95-88 dual lost last Tuesday at Levi Dodge Middle School.

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Among the solid times was a victorious 5:21.26 clocking in the 500 freestyle for Kaitlyn O'Reilly, who broke her own school record in the event. O'Reilly helped account for three of the Tigers' five first-place finishes in the meet as she also claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.77 and helped the 400 relay to a first-place time of 3:51.11. The relay also included Ellie Sundet, Caitlin Kracke and Kirsten Kracke.

Century had already clinched the victory heading into that event by winning five of the meet's first seven races.

"Century is a very talented and deep team," Farmington coach Jen Marshall said. "It was fun to compete against a team of that caliber as our racing improved because of it."

Farmington got in the win column in the meet's fourth event when Caitlin Kracke reached the wall first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.85 seconds.

Jade Alm followed with a first-place total of 132.30 points in the diving competition to cut Century's lead to 48-30.

The Panthers answered with wins in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle to extend their advantage to 68-42 through seven events.

The Tigers secured second place in six events: Kirsten Kracke in the 200 freestyle, Caitlin Kracke in the 100 butterfly, Robin Ellis in the 100 backstroke, Elizabeth Wolfe in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

The Tigers resume their Missota Conference schedule tonight with a 6 p.m. dual meet at Northfield.

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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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