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Farmington finished third in the first meet of the season.

Swimming: Tigers third at Missota Relays

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Swimming: Tigers third at Missota Relays
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Before the season started, Farmington swimming and diving coach Jen Marshall pegged Chanhassen and Northfield as the favorites in the conference, with her Tigers leading the rest of the pack in third.


After one meet, her evaluation looks right on the money. The Tigers placed third with 468 points as Chanhassen edged Northfield 518-510 for the team championship at Thursday's first-ever Missota Conference Relays at the Dodge Middle School pool.

Shakopee (414), Chaska (334), Red Wing (220), New Prague (180) and Holy Angels (36) also competed.

"We're looking strong in the water right now as several swims we were pleasantly surprised by," Marshall said. "At the same time, there's a lot of work to do on the little things in races. We can be better off the walls and in finishes."

The Tigers won two events, came in second in two others and, in all, tallied nine top-five finishes in 12 events.

Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Cora Ruzicka and Ellie Sundet were part of both first-place finishes. They joined Chloe Holton for a winning time of 4 minutes, 23.25 seconds in the 4x100 individual medley relay and teamed up with Kirsten Kracke to claim the 850 freestyle relay in 8:51.59.

O'Reilly, Kracke, Holton and Ruzicka added a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly relay and Kracke and Sundet combined with Robin Ellis and Hannah Seitzinger on a runner-up showing in the 200 backstroke relay.

The Tigers opened the meet by placing 3-4 in the 1-meter dive. Kendall Novak and Tori Sontag combined for a score of 274.45 and Nikki Cayard and Melanie Brothers scored a 254.10.

Also placing fourth were the 200 breaststroke relay and 400 freestyle relay. Hanna Sundt and Chelsea Gehrke joined Megan Maniaci and Sara Kintner in the 200 breaststroke relay and Ellis and Seitzinger in the 400 freestyle relay.

Sundt, Kintner, Chelsea Gehrke and Catherine Gehrke added a fifth-place swim in the 200 freestyle relay.

Coming in seventh were the 850 yard freestyle team of Maniaci, Catherine Gehrke, Katie King and Emily Krook, the 200 backstroke relay team of Maniaci, Lexie Bray, Aislinn Tietz and Sydney Geiger and the 400 freestyle foursome of Catherine Gehrke, Grace Roach,Katie Aaron and Courtney L'Heureux.

The Tigers opened the dual season Tuesday at Northfield and are back in action next Thursday at home against Red Wing. Events get under way at 6 p.m.

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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