Local teams dominate section meets
Farmington and Rosemount will be in the state True Team swimming meet Saturday after winning section meets at their home pools.
Class AA True Team competition begins at 6 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Prior Lake, Stillwater, Wayzata, Eden Prairie, Blaine and St. Michael-Albertville also won section championships. Defending Class AA True Team champion Minnetonka advanced this year as a wild card, as did Edina, Centennial and Mounds View.
Farmington won the six-team Section 1AA meet at Dodge Middle School by more than 170 points. The Tigers placed first in the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay with Kirsten Kracke, Kaitlyn O’Reilly, Chelsea Gehrke and Hannah Seitzinger finishing in 1 minute, 55.60 seconds. Kracke, Gehrke and O’Reilly teamed with Cora Ruzicka to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.72.
Individual winners for Farmington were Ruzicka in the 200 freestyle (2:02.21), O’Reilly in the 200 individual medley (2:12.55) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.84) and Kracke in the 50 freestyle (25.43). Kracke also was second in the 100 freestyle and Gehrke took third in two races.
Rosemount topped a Section 3AA field that included Eastview, Woodbury, East Ridge, Cretin-Derham Hall, Park of Cottage Grove and St. Paul Highland Park/St. Paul Academy.
Irish teams took first place in all three relays. Jessica Troen, Olivia Johnston, Abby Tesch and Michelle Simms took first in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.21. Grace Herron, Cassandra Hutchins, Katie Garrity and Megan Wenman won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.60. Herron, Garrity, Johnston and Wenman swam to victory in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:39.57.
Wenman also took first in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.21, about three seconds ahead of the runner-up, and won the 100 freestyle in 54.05. Garrity won the 200 IM in 2:12.98 and the 500 freestyle in 5:16.39. Herron was the 50 freestyle winner in 25.31. Tesch had a first-place time of 1:01.28 in the 100 butterfly.
The Irish’s Sawyer Murray was runner-up in diving by three-tenths of a point.