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Swimming: Depth keys opening victory

Kirsten Kracke prepares for the start of a race recently.

Apple Valley won seven of 12 events in its season-opening meet against Farmington last Thursday night at Levi Dodge Middle School.

The Eagles couldn't match the Tigers' depth, however, as the Orange and Black used four 2-3-4 and three 1-2-3 finishes to open the season with a 92-85 dual win.

The score was tied 15-15 through two events. Kirsten Kracke then gave the home team the lead for good by placing first in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2 minutes, 25.15 seconds. Teammates Cora Ruzicka and Sarah O'Reilly came in right behind in second and third.

Zoe Avestruz followed with a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle and Kendall Novak led a 1-2-3 Tiger finish in the 1-meter dive, ahead of teammates Nikki Cayard and Jade Alm, with a score of 154.30.

Returning all-state performer Kaitlyn O'Reilly earned the team's next first-place finish, leading a 1-2-3 Tiger parade to the finish line with a time of 5:26.61 in the 500 freestyle. That event was sandwiched between 2-3-4 finishes in the 100 freestyle (Kracke, Hannah Seitzinger, Sara Kintner) and the 200 freestyle relay.

The meet was in exhibition scoring by the time Avestruz, Kracke, O'Reilly and Ellie Sundet teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:48.72.

The Tigers traveled to Red Wing for their Missota Conference opener Tuesday afternoon. The team returns home Sept. 8 for a dual meet against Chaska.