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Swimming: Tigers roar at Missota Relays

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All the miles put in at the Dodge Middle School pool over the last couple weeks are already paying off for the Farmington girls swimming and diving team.

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The Tigers upset Chanhassen 544-522 to win the team championship at the second-annual Missota Conference Relays last Tuesday at Northfield Middle School.

"This was a huge meet for us right out of the gate. Our experienced swimmers performed well, but it was the younger girls who really stepped up," coach Jen Marshall said.

"In most events, both our relays finished in the top five, which is impressive "The divers finishing 2-3 was also a highlight. I'm excited to see where we go this season!"

The Tigers' relay teams finished 1-4 in the 400 medley relay and 1-6 in the 200 backstroke relay. Seniors Kaitlyn O'Reilly and Cora Ruzicka joined Chelsea Gehrke and Chloe Holton in winning the 400 medley and Kirsten Kracke and Emily Ley in topping the field in the 200 backstroke relay.

O'Reilly, Gehrke and Kracke opened the meet by teaming up with Ellie Sundet for a second-place swim in the 400 medley relay. Ley, Holton, Sara Kintner and Hannah Seitzinger supplied a fourth-place finish in the event.

Other runner-up finishes were provided by Kintner, Kracke, Allison Kjellberg and Kaylee Dahlberg in the 200 breaststroke relay and Ruzicka, Gehrke, Holton and Grace Roach in the 200 butterfly relay.

In the 850 freestyle relay, Gehrke, Kintner, Seitzinger and Sundet combined for a third-place finish.

The 400 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay and No. 2 200 butterfly and 850 freestyle relays all came in fifth.

The Tigers hosted their first conference meet of the season Tuesday night against Northfield. They don't compete again until next Thursday at Red Wing.

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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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