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Raiders take second at section swim meet

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The Hastings girls swimming and diving team found all kinds of success at the section 1AA meet in Rochester last week.

The Raiders placed second in the meet and qualified seven swims for the state meet next week. The Raiders set two school records, earned assistant coach Gerry Rupp Coach of the Year honors and advanced a diver to finals for the first time since 2006.

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State meet swimmers

Hastings qualified seven swims for the state meet. Here’s more information on each of them:

The 200 medley relay team of Brina Kari, Abbie Gjelhaug, Kelly Leonard and Allissa Smith qualified for the state meet with a time of 1 minute. 48.97 seconds. Their time is a new Hastings school record. The top team in the state right now is Edina, which had a time of 1:45.36. The top 16 teams will advance to the finals on Wednesday. A total of 25 teams have qualified for the meet.

Gjelhaug qualified in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.91. The top-seed in the event is Isabel Wyer of Minnetonka, who has a time of 1:49.42 going into the state meet.

Gjelhaug also qualified in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:12.23. The top seed is Courtney Evensen of Robbinsdale Armstrong in 4:56.05.

Smith qualified in the 100 butterfly with a school-record time of 56.41. That is the third-fastest time coming into the state meet. The fastest time is held by Zoya Wahlstrom of Lakeville North, who qualified in 56.02.

Two HHS swimmers qualified in the 100 backstroke. They are Brina Kari and Kelly Leonard.

Kari had a time of 57.51.

Leonard had a time of 1:00.07.

The top time is held by Zoe Avestruz of Chanhassen in 55.84.

The 400 freestyle relay team also qualified. That team was made up of Grace Hausman, Morgan McCullough, Kari and Smith. A total of 22 teams qualified in the 400 freestyle relay, with the top time belonging to Wayzata in 3:29.52.

Section finals

Hastings turned in a number of great swims at the section meet, including a wild 200 freestyle.

All four of Hastings’ swimmers qualified for the championship heat in finals and ended up placing second, third, fifth and sixth.

Here are all the results:

200 medley relay — team of Kari, Gjelhaug, Leonard and Smith, first, 1:48.97.

200 freestyle – Gjelhaug, second, 1:56.91; Hausman, third, 1:58.80; Helen Jensen, fifth, 1:59.00; McCullough, sixth, 2:00.68.

200 individual medley – Smith, third, 2:11.03; Jenna Spitzack, 12th, 2:23.47; Breanna Kimmes, 21st, 2:29.14; Valya Tipler, 23rd, 2:32.66.

50 freestyle – Kari, first, 24.96; Mariah Wallace, sixth, 25.61; Elli Walker, 12th, 26.03; Nikki Girgen, 26th, 27.71.

Diving – Britta Johnson, 14th, 221.15; Madi Ficker, 22nd, 95.45; Alaina Kremer, 23rd, 91.45.

100 butterfly – Smith, first, 56.41; Leonard, fifth, 1:00.39; Walker, 10th, 1:03.13; Spitzack, 15th, 1:06.17.

100 freestyle – Wallace, 12th, 56.94; Christina Gillard, 21st, 59.09; Megan Jahnke, 27th, 1:05.47.

500 freestyle – Gjelhaug, second, 5:12.23; Jensen, third, 5:14.70; Hausman, ninth, 5:21.00; McCullough, 10th, 5:22.98.

200 freestyle relay — team of Hausman, McCullough, Jensen and Gjelhaug, fourth, 1:41.74.

100 backstroke – Kari, second, 57.51; Leonard, fourth, 1:00.07; Kimmes, 17th, 1:08.25.

100 breaststroke – Christina Gillard, 10th, 1:15.09; Tipler, 18th, 1:17.83; Girgen, 20th, 1:20.67; Jahnke, 26th, 1:26.83.

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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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