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Swimming: Balance, depth aid Raiders in win

Masha Wagner swims the 200 freestyle during Thursday night's home meet. The Raiders beat White Bear Lake, 89-79.

A big indicator for how a high school swimming meet will go is the first event, the 200 medley relay. If one team can have its swimmers place first and second in the race, you can pretty much bet that team will win.

Placing first and second in that event shows your team has depth in all four strokes.

So, when Hastings swimmers placed first, second and third in the medley relay against White Bear Lake on Thursday, it was a pretty clear indication the Raiders were the superior team.

That held up throughout the meet, and Hastings cruised to an 89-79 win over the Bears.

"(Head coach) Katie (Roosen) let me write the lineup for Thursday night," assistant coach Gerry Rupp said. "My goal was to balance out all three relays and make a race among our teams. That's why we were so balanced in that first relay."

The top Hastings swimmers swam only in relay events, making room for some junior varsity swimmers to come up to varsity.

"Our goal was to involve as many of the junior varsity swimmers as possible in the varsity events, to give them an opportunity to score letter points," Rupp said. "They swam quite well. We were happy with how they swam. Our big guns, so to speak, swam relays only. So, it was left to the junior varsity kids to step up into varsity roles, and they did so quite nicely."

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay -- team of Gjelhaug, Cortney Walls, Leah Roesler and Melanie Devine, first, 2:01.80; team of Janna Sorg, Emily Alitz, Leah Wallace and Waibel, second, 2:01.89; team of Jenna Kari, Ashley Henning, Gjelhaug and Cassie Kimmes, third, 2:07.01; team of Yi Chen, Waibel, Heather Winkler and Coco Hsu, 2:56.33.

200 freestyle -- Kate Reilly, first, 2:07.55; Sorg, second, 2:10.72; Masha Wagner, fourth, 2:16.34; Brittney Hogan, 3:57.55; Julia Donath, 4:15.79

200 individual medley -- Marissa Novak, fourth, 2:38.90; Liz Nulty, 2:42.85; Katie Fasbender, 2:54.19.

50 freestyle -- Emily Gjelhaug, first, 26.92; Mariah Ring, second, 27.93; Melanie Waibel, third, 27.97; Hsu, 52.74.

100 butterfly -- Kimmes, first, 1:04.32; Wagner, fourth, 1:13.53; Henning, fifth, 1:16.02.100 freestyle -- Alitz, first, 58.04; Waibel, fifth, 1:06.57; Kari, sixth, 1:08.89; Donath, 1:40.44.

500 freestyle -- Walls, fourth, 6:26.61; Winkler, sixth, 6:42.90; Devine, 6:51.34.

200 freestyle relay -- team of Sorg, Henning, Waibel and Roesler, first, 1:48.82; team of Wagner, Gjelhaug, Ring and Wallace, second, 1:48.94; team of Reilly, Walls, Nulty and Alitz, third, 1:50.90; team of Novak, Kaitlyn Fasbender, Allison Frandrup and Donath, 2:18.59.

100 backstroke -- Reilly, first, 1:09.08; Abbie Gjelhaug, second, 1:10.07; Novak, fifth, 1:14.96; Devine, 1:27.03; Hogan, 2:12.99; Hsu, 2:21.17.

100 breaststroke -- Walls, first, 1:16.88; Winkler, fourth, 1:25.55; Kari, 1:30.55; Nulty, 1:32.30; Frandrup, 1:39.67; Chen, 2:04.73.

400 freestyle relay -- team of Kimmes, Waibel, Gjelhaug and Roesler, 3:56.35; team of Alitz, Wagner, Waibel and Reilly, 4:01.87; team of Gjelhaug, Ring, Frandrup and Wallace, 4:11.76; team of Fasbender, Nulty, Hogan and Devine, 5:23.59.

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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