Farmington first in Maroon Division; Rosemount fifth in Gold
Victories in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay helped lead Farmington to the Maroon Division championship at the Maroon and Gold Invitational girls swimming meet Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
Farmington scored 315 points, 46 more than second-place Woodbury. Cretin-Derham Hall and Hopkins were third and fourth. One of Farmington’s neighboring schools, Lakeville South, was eighth in the 12-team field.
The Maroon Division was one of three divisions at Saturday’s invitational. Defending state Class AA champion Edina won the Gold Division, which had several of the state’s top-ranked teams. Hutchinson was first in the Bronze Division.
Rosemount and Lakeville North competed in the Gold Division, placing fifth and sixth.
Farmington junior Kirsten Kracke sprinted to the Maroon Division championship in the 50 freestyle, finishing in 25.11 seconds. She also swam the leadoff leg of the Tigers’ first-place 200 freestyle relay.
Cora Ruzicka, Chelsea Gehrke and Kaitlyn O’Reilly swam the other three legs of the 200 freestyle relay, which finished in 1 minute, 43.17 seconds and won its race by almost two seconds.
O’Reilly also won an individual event, taking first in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.73.
Ruzicka and Ellie Sundet were eighth and ninth in the 200 freestyle. O’Reilly and Gehrke took third and eighth in the 200 individual medley. Kendall Novak took fourth in diving, while Gehrke was fifth in the 100 butterfly.
Kracke was runner-up in the 100 freestyle, with Sundet placing 10th, Ruzicka and Catherine Gehrke placed seventh and eighth in the 500 freestyle.
Kracke, O’Reilly, Chelsea Gehrke and Catherine Gehrke were third in the 200 medley relay.
The Irish scored 220 points in the Gold Division meet, which featured some of the state’s top programs. They also were the highest-finishing South Suburban Conference team in the division. Lakeville North and Prior Lake were sixth and seventh.
Ninth-grader Katie Garrity had the Irish’s only event victory, taking first place in the 500 freestyle in 5:06.27. She won the race by more than four seconds.
Sophomore Megan Wenman was runner-up in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.59, less than one-tenth of a second out of first place. Wenman added a second place in the 100 freestyle in 53.29.
Other top-10 finishers for Rosemount included Garrity in the 200 IM (fourth), Grace Herron in the 50 freestyle (sixth) and 100 butterfly (ninth), Sawyer Murray in diving (fourth), Abby Tesch in the 100 butterfly (seventh) and Olivia Johnston in the 100 breaststroke (eighth).
Rosemount’s highest relay finish was third in the 200 freestyle. Johnston, Herron, Garrity and Wenman swam on the Irish’s A relay.