Rosemount’s Garrity wins 500 freestyle
Wayzata is the deepest, strongest team in Class AA girls swimming, as evidenced by the Trojans’ winning margin of almost 300 points at the state True Team finals Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The two Dakota County teams that qualified for the state meet, Rosemount and Farmington, finished eighth and 11th.
Wayzata started on its path to the championship by taking two of the top five places in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay. The Trojans had the winning teams in the other two relays and won three individual events. They finished with 2,342 points. Stillwater, with 2,052.5, was the only other team above 2,000. Rosemount, the Section 3AA champion, had 1,382.5 and Section 1AA winner Farmington scored 822.
Prior Lake, the other South Suburban Conference team to reach the state finals besides Rosemount, finished 10th with 918.
Rosemount ninth-grader Katie Garrity finished first in the 500 freestyle, and her time of 5 minutes, 0.63 seconds was almost two seconds faster than the runner-up. Megan Wenman, a sophomore, finished second and third in two events, and the two also swam on the Irish’s second-place 400 freestyle relay.
Wenman took second in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.11, seven-hundredths of a second behind the winner. She added a third place in the 100 freestyle in 52.69.
Garrity and Wenman teamed with Olivia Johnston and Grace Herron to finish second in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.53.
Other top-10 finishers in individual events for the Irish were Abby Tesch in the 200 freestyle (eighth, 1:56.33) and 100 butterfly (fifth, 58.96), Garrity in the 200 individual medley (seventh, 2:11.04), Herron in the 50 freestyle (fourth, 24.29) and 100 butterfly (sixth, 59.07) and Johnston in the 100 breaststroke (ninth, 1:07.91).
Carissa Boerboom, Johnston, Tesch and Cassandra Hutchins were ninth in the 200 medley relay in 1:52.29. Herron, Hutchins, Garrity and Wenman were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.64.
Farmington senior Kaitlyn O’Reilly had her team’s best finish at the True Team finals, a ninth place in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.66. Kirsten Kracke had an 11th place in the 100 freestyle in 55.15.
Kracke, Chelsea Gehrke, Cora Ruzicka and O’Reilly were 11th in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.70.