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Reilly wrapping up her senior swim season in style

Kate Reilly is pictured swimming the butterfly at a meet earlier this season. She is the lone senior on this year's Hastings swimming and diving team. (Star Gazette file photo)

Senior night was memorable in many ways for the lone senior on this year's Hastings swimming and diving team.

Kate Reilly got the spotlight all to herself, and she took the opportunity to shine.

Reilly has a season-best time in the 200 individual medley, a lifetime best swim in the 100 breaststroke and she earned the school record in the 100 breaststroke.

Her efforts earned her the swimmer of the meet honors.

Her teammates had a strong night in the pool, too, and Hastings beat Mounds View to earn second place in the Suburban East Conference behind Stillwater. Hastings won, 110-76.

Gretta Utecht had a nice night, too, earning a section cut time in the 100 butterfly.

Lizzy Pagel had time drops in all four of her events.

The junior varsity team has its conference meet Saturday.

The varsity team, meanwhile, is preparing for the section meet in Rochester. Prelims are Nov. 8 and finals are Nov. 10.

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay - team of Brina Kari, Kate Reilly, Kelly Leonard and Emily Klysen, first, 1:52.33; team of Katherine Rupp, Sara Ficker, Jenna Spitzack and Valya Tipler, fifth, 2:07.26; team of Megan Jahnke, Abby Knapp, Nikki Girgen and Hannah Harris, 2:26.87.

200 freestyle - Abbie Gjelhaug, first, 2:00.69; Helen Jensen, second, 2:00.98; Mariah Wallace, fourth, 2:07.79.

200 individual medley - Reilly, first, 2:12.30; Leonard, fourth, 2:20.73; Spitzack, 2:24.90.

50 freestyle - Kari, first, 24.40; McCullough, third, 26.22; Christina Gillard, fourth, 26.47.

Diving - Allissa Smith, third, 142.85; Britta Johnson, fourth, 127.05; Ficker, 118.55.

100 butterfly - Jensen, first, 1:02.63; Spitzack, third, 1:04.42; Rosie Pechous, 1:12.83.

100 freestyle - Smith, first, 54.32; Klysen, fourth, 57.55; Wallace, fifth, 57.58.

500 freestyle - Gjelhaug, first, 5:25.54; McCullough, third, 5:34.12; Girgen, 6:08.21.

200 freestyle relay - team of Jensen, Klysen, Wallace and Reilly, first, 1:42.49; team of Smith, Gillard, Gjelhaug and McCullough, second, 1:44.71; team of Tipler, Spitzack, Pechous and Utecht, 1:58.07.

100 backstroke - Kari, first, 57.10; Leonard, third, 1:03.22; Ficker, 1:14.92.

100 breaststroke - Reilly, first, 1:07.18; Gillard, fifth, 1:18.53.

400 freestyle relay - team of Kari, Jensen, McCullough and Smith, first, 3:49.16; team of Gjelhaug, Leonard, Wallace and Gillard, third, 3:57.99; team of Ficker, Pechous, Girgen and Rupp, 4:25.21.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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