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Swimming: Raiders score big win over Royals

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For 17 years, the Hastings boys swim team has been coached by Gerry Rupp.

Going into this season, his team had defeated Woodbury just once.

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So, forgive Rupp if he's especially happy this week. Hastings beat Woodbury last week, 86-79, in a meet that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate.

"That was fun," Rupp said. "1995 is the last time we beat Woodbury in a dual meet."

Hastings swam exhibition-only in the final two events to give some points to the Royals so the score would look more respectable. Woodbury's team was certainly hurt this year with the addition of the new East Ridge High School.

"Woodbury lost three of its best swimmers to East Ridge," Rupp said. "When you lose three of your best guys, you have no depth. Woodbury had one very good swimmer that night. It just so happened that Elliott (Wilcox) matched up against him and beat him in the 50 freestyle."

Hastings certainly earned the win.

Best times were turned in by a number of swimmers.

Hayden Schmitt, for example, cut two seconds off his 200 freestyle time and had a season-best swimming the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay. Schmitt also had a lifetime-best swim in the 100 butterfly.

Thomas Everson cut four seconds off his 200 freestyle time to win his race.

Michael Rough had a good meet, too. He had a season-best time as well.

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay -- team of Brandon Underwood, Michael Rough, Elliot Wilcox and Schmitt, 1:48.48; team of Chris Humbert, Hunter Sassor, Kenny Benson and Noah Schmitt, 2:09.74.

200 freestyle -- Everson, 1:55.33; Tony Ring, 2:05.22; Steven Kimmes, 2:17.18; Matt Cater, 3:15.11.

200 individual medley -- Colby Smith, 2:06.11; Rough, 2:18.24; Sassor, 2:20.60; Cole Tipler, 3:02.56.

50 freestyle -- Wilcox, 22.08; Schmitt, 25.37; John Utecht, 29.96.

100 butterfly -- Wilcox, 53.31; Schmitt, 1:02.53; Kimmes, 1:07.50; Humbert, 1:08.16.

100 freestyle -- Smith, 51.46; Underwood, 55.37; Noah Schmitt, 1:03.76; Tipler, 1:16.67; Matt Cater, 1:34.67.

500 freestyle -- Everson, 5:14.55; Ring, 5:43.77; Utecht, 6:23.

200 freestyle relay -- team of Wilcox, Ring, Smith and Everson, 1:35.53; team of Rough, Sassor, Benson n and Utecht, 1:53.09; team of Kimmes, Tipler, Cater and Noah Schmitt, 2:11.11.

100 backstroke -- Underwood, 1:03.76; Humbert, 1:06.97; Noah Schmitt, 1:15.77.

100 breaststroke -- Rough, 1:06.72; Sassor, 1:11.69; Benson, 1:27.53.

400 freestyle relay -- team of Smith, Everson, Ring and Hayden Schmitt, 3:39.72; team of Underwood, Humbert, Kimmes and Utecht, 4:05.17.

Vs Farmington

Hastings beat Farmington in a non-conference meet last week, 89-72.

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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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