Swimmers take 2nd in Buffalo, beat WBLGoing into the season, Hastings swimming coach Katie McAlpin said one of her team’s goals was to win an invitational in Buffalo again this season. On Saturday, Hastings got its shot and, had it not been for diving, Hastings would have walked away with the meet trophy.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
Going into the season, Hastings swimming coach Katie McAlpin said one of her team’s goals was to win an invitational in Buffalo again this season. On Saturday, Hastings got its shot and, had it not been for diving, Hastings would have walked away with the meet trophy.
Buffalo ended up winning the meet by six points. They scored 45 diving points. Hastings, which doesn’t have a diving program because its pool is too shallow, settled for second.
Big Lake placed third and Mound West Tonka was fourth.
Hastings had a number of great swimming performances. Leah Wallace was the HHS swimmer of the meet. She placed first in her two individual events and had three season-best times.
Results from the meet went like this:
200 medley relay – team of Brina Kari, Kate Reilly, Leah Wallace and Allissa Smith, first, 1:52.90; team of Morgan McCullough, Alyssa Spitzack, Christina Gillard and Sam Matsch, sixth, 2:08.58.
200 freestyle – Leah Wallace, first, 2:02.69; Breanna Kimmes, seventh, 2:08.67; Nikki Girgen, 12th, 2:17.74.
200 individual medley – Smith, first, 2:16.31; Spitzack, fourth, 2:26.31; McCullough, fifth, 2:30.09.
50 freestyle – Kari, first, 25.06; Melanie Waibel, sixth, 27.12; Mariah Wallace, eighth, 27.32.
100 butterfly – Leah Wallace, first, 1:00.34; Mariah Wallace, fifth, 1:06.80; Gillard, eighth, 1:12.02.
100 freesytle – Reilly, first, 53.25; Waibel, seventh, 1:00.12; Matsch, 11th, 1:05.59.
500 freestyle – Smith, first, 5:28.41; Kimmes, third, 5:41.50; Girgen, fifth, 5:55.16.
200 freestyle relay – team of Mariah Wallace, Waibel, Kimmes and Leah Wallace, second, 1:46.17; team of Spitzack, Matsch, Gillard and Girgen, eighth, 1:55.81.
100 backstroke – Kari, first, 59.70; McCullough, fifth, 1:08.11; Matsch, ninth, 1:13.45.
100 breaststroke – Reilly, first, 1:09.97; Spitzack, third, 1:14.28; Gillard, eighth, 1:19.82.
400 freestyle relay – team of Kari, Smith, Mariah Wallace and Reilly, first, 3:43.33; team of Kimmes, Girgen, McCullough and Waibel, sixth, 4:08.48.
Hastings beat White Bear Lavke on Thursday, 91.5-78.5.
The swimmer of the meet for the Raiders was Melanie Waibel.
She was on a third-place 200 medley relay team, she took fourth in the 200 IM, fifth in the 500 freesytle and she was on a third-place 200 freestyle relay team.