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Swimming: 400 free relay clinches sixth straight win

The Farmington girls swimming and diving team kept its undefeated dual season alive by defeating Chaska in a meet that came down to the final event last Thursday in Chaska.

The Tigers, competing without several key swimmers, still won seven of the meet’s first nine events. Chaska closed the gap late by finishing 1-2 in both the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.

Needing to score a top-three finish in the 400 freestyle relay to win its sixth straight meet, the Tigers finished second and third to wrap up a 96-90 Missota Conference victory.

Kirsten Kracke, Chelsea Gehrke, Cora Ruzicka and Hannah Seitzinger opened the meet by placing second in the 200 medley relay. Three of those swimmers followed with individual victories as Ruzicka won the 200 freestyle, Gehrke topped the field in the 200 individual medley and Kracke held on in a closely-contested 50 freestyle.

Gehrke went on to also win the 100 butterfly and Kracke grabbed another gold medal in the 100 freestyle.

The Tigers added 10 points to their team lead with a 1-2-3 finish in the 1-meter dive. Kendall Novak won the event and teammates Nikki Cayard and Tori Sontag were right behind.

Later in the meet, Gehrke, Ruzicka and Kracke teamed up again, this time with Ellie Sundet, for a first-place swim in the 200 freestyle relay.

Senior all-stater Kaitlyn O’Reilly was in the Tiger lineup last Tuesday and won all four events she competed in while helping the team secure a 95-86 decision over Minneapolis Southwest at the Dodge Middle School pool.

O’Reilly opened the meet by teaming up with Ruzicka, Gehrke and Kracke for a five-second margin of victory in the 200 medley relay. O’Reilly followed with wins in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle before combining with the same relay partners for a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

Also earning first-place finishes were Kracke in the 50 freestyle, Novak in the 1-meter dive and the foursome of Seitzinger, Emily Lee, Grace Roach and Chloe Holton in the 200 freestyle relay.

The Tigers are back in the pool tonight at 6 p.m. when they host Chanhassen for a Missota Conference meet.