Irish, Tigers move up the swim leader board

Rosemount and Farmington place in top 12 at state meet

Rosemount's Olivia Johnston swims the 100-yard breaststroke at the state Class AA meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Rosemount’s Olivia Johnston swims the 100-yard breaststroke at the state Class AA meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Rosemount and Farmington made big moves in the team standings at last week’s state Class AA girls swimming and diving meet.

The Irish, who were 13th at state a year ago, moved up to seventh, scoring 141.5 points, more than twice as many as they had during the 2012 Class AA competition. The Tigers placed 12th with 60 points after finishing 19th in 2012.

Wayzata scored 275 points to win the team championship Nov. 20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Two other Lake Conference teams, Minnetonka and Edina, were second and third.

Rosemount, which shared the South Suburban Conference championship with Lakeville North and Prior Lake, had the highest finish of any South Suburban team at state. Farmington had the second-highest finish of any Missota Conference school, trailing only Chanhassen, which placed fifth.

Irish sophomore Megan Wenman had a strong showing at the state meet, finishing fourth and fifth in two individual events and helping Rosemount’s 400-yard freestyle relay to fourth place. Grace Herron, Katie Garrity and Olivia Johnston also swam on the 400 freestyle relay, which had an All-America consideration time of 3 minutes, 30.12 seconds.

Wenman swam to fourth place in the 200 freestyle in an All-America consideration time of 1:50.30. She was fifth in the 100 freestyle in 51.52, which also earns All-America consideration.

Johnston reached the championship heat in the 200 individual medley, finishing eighth in 2:08.05. Herron was seventh in the 100 butterfly in 57.44. Sawyer Murray, a senior, placed eighth in diving with 353.10 points.

Wenman, Herron, Cassandra Hutchins and Garrity won the consolation final of the 200 freestyle relay and finished ninth overall. They had an All-America consideration time of 1:37.48.

Also reaching the consolation finals for Rosemount were Abby Tesch in the 200 freestyle (14th, 1:55.28), Garrity in the 200 individual medley (10th, 2:08.41), Herron in the 50 freestyle (ninth, 24.12), Garrity in the 500 freestyle (ninth, 5:00.81, a time bettered by only three swimmers in the championship final) and Johnston in the 100 breaststroke (14th, 1:06.75).

The Irish might have the potential to finish higher at state next season. Although they will graduate Murray, most of their top swimmers will return.

Farmington's Kaitlyn O'Reilly competes in the 200-yard individual medley at last week's state meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington’s Kaitlyn O’Reilly competes in the 200-yard individual medley at last week’s state meet. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Farmington’s state meet included two seventh-place finishes, one in an individual event and the other in a relay.

Senior Kaitlyn O’Reilly returned to the championship heat in the 200 individual medley and finished seventh in 2:07.28. She finished eighth in the 100 backstroke in 58.59.

O’Reilly anchored the Tigers’ 200 freestyle relay, which finished seventh in 1:38.10. Kirsten Kracke, Chelsea Gehrke and Cora Ruzicka also swam on the relay.

The Tigers also picked up 13 points in the consolation finals. Kracke, O’Reilly, Gehrke and Ruzicka were 12th in the 200 medley relay in 1:49.65. Kracke was 14th in the 50 freestyle in 24.48.

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