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Farmington swimmers finish on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle

Chanhassen won four of the final five events to separate from Farmington in an eventual 98-88 Missota Conference dual meet loss Thursday night at Dodge Middle School.

The score was tied at 0-0, 31-31, 39-39 and 55-55 before the visitors used a victory in the 500 freestyle to move ahead by two points. Chanhassen then turned in back-to-back 1-2 finishes in the 200 relay and 100 backstroke to pull away, 86-70.

The Tigers responded with a 1-2 finish of their own from Kaitlyn O'Reilly and Abby Haugen in the 100 breaststroke, but Chanhassen clinched the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

"It was an exciting meet to watch, to say the least, as the score jockeyed back and forth," coach Jen Marshall said. "The meet was tied four different times and that's not something you see very often in swimming."

O'Reilly and Haugen gave the Tigers an early lead when they joined with Zoe Avestruz and Hannah Seitzinger for a winning time of 1 minute, 55.93 seconds in the 200 medley relay. Kirsten Kracke, O'Reilly and Avestruz followed with second-place individual swims in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle to tie the score at 31-31.

Diver Kendall Novak kept the score knotted up by winning the 1-meter dive with a score of 153.20.

Two events later, Avestruz tied the score again with a winning swim in the 100 freestyle.

The Tigers also got second-place performances from Cora Ruzicka in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, and from the 400 relay team of Avestruz, Seitzinger, Kracke and O'Reilly.

The Tigers are back in action tonight when they host Shakopee.