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Hastings swimmers cheer on teammates at Thursday's meet. Pictured from left to right for Hastings are Gretta Utecht, Valya Tipler, Christina Gillard, Katherine Rupp, Breanna Kimmes and Brina Kari. (Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson)

Raiders swim team edged by Ponies

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The Hastings swimming and diving team had high hopes coming into last week's Suburban East Conference showdown against the Stillwater Ponies.


In the end, coaches knew it would come down to one thing - depth. And, in looking simply at the deck of the pool, one could tell Stillwater had the definite advantage. Stillwater swimmers outnumbered Hastings swimmers 2-to-1, and that depth helped propel the Ponies to a 96-88 win over the Raiders.

Hastings won half of the races and kept it close for most of the match. At the diving break, the score was tied 31-31.

The Ponies went 1-2-3 in diving, but Hastings picked up a few points with Britta Johnson and Jorey Molitor placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Back in the pool after diving, Stillwater got busy building a lead. By the time for the meet's last event to start, the Ponies built an insurmountable 96-76 lead.

The swimmer of the meet for Hastings was Allissa Smith.

"She had all four amazing swims," coach Katie McAlpin said. "She made state cuts in both of her individual events. Allissa has also been diving. She didn't dive at this meet because we needed her to swim, but she will be diving at most of our other meets."

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay - team of Brina Kari, Kate Reilly, Kelly Leonard and Mariah Wallace, first, 1:51.93; team of Ellie Wallace, Emily Klysen, Jenna Spitzack and Christina Gillard, third, 2:00.10; team of Katherine Rupp, Megan Jahnke, Nicole Girgen and Valentia Tipler, 2:13.61.

200 freestyle - Abbie Gjelhaug, third, 2:00.46; Morgan McCullough, fifth, 2:015.13; Breanna Kimmes, 2:08.76.

200 individual medley - Reilly, second, 2:14.96; Helen Jensen, third, 2:15.61; Spitzack, 2:25.16.

50 freestyle - Allissa Smith, first, 24.96; Mariah Wallace, third, 26.56; Klysen, fifth, 26.68.

Diving - Britta Johnson, fourth, 86.15; Jorey Molitor, fifth, 79.80.

100 butterfly - Smith, first, 58.91; Leonard, third, 1:02.78; Spitzack, fifth, 1:05.59.

100 freestyle - Kari, first, 53.69; McCullough, third, 57.41; Mariah Wallace, 58.55.

500 freestyle - Jensen, third, 5:23.73; Gjelhaug, fourth, 5:25.37; Kimmes, 5:50.02.

200 freestyle relay - team of Reilly, Smith, Klysen and Jensen, second, 1:41.42; team of Wallace, McCullough, Gillard and Gjelhaug, fourth, 1:46.34; team of Kimmes, Tipler, Girgen and Rupp, 1:55.54.

100 backstroke - Kari, first, 58.80; Leonard, fourth, 1:04.25; Ellie Wallace, 1:08.22.

100 breaststroke - Reilly, second, 1:10.00; Klysen, fourth, 1:14.92; Girgen, 1:20.08.

Team of McCullough, Smith, Gjelhaug and Kari, first, 3:46.05; team of Jensen, Kimmes, Spitzack and Gillard, second, 4:09.35; team of Leonard, Rosie Pechous, Sara Ficker and Corinna Brown, third, 4:27.34.

Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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