Reilly earns All-State honors at state swimming meetHastings’ one and only senior went out with a bang Saturday at the state swimming and diving meet. Kate Reilly finished sixth in the 50 freestyle, earning a spot as an all-stater.
By: Chad Richardson, The Hastings Star-Gazette
Hastings’ one and only senior went out with a bang Saturday at the state swimming and diving meet. Kate Reilly finished sixth in the 50 freestyle, earning a spot as an all-stater.
She also earned a spot on the All State Honorable Mention team for taking 15th in the 100 freestyle.
In two more events, Hastings swimmers earned honors.
The 200 medley relay team earned honorable mention status and in the 100 butterfly, Allissa Smith earned honorable mention honors.
“Despite not having an over-the-top state meet, we had a fantastic season,” coach Katie McAlpin said. “(We finished) 8-1 in dual meets. We won true team sections to make it to true team state for the first time. We won our non-conference meets, placed fifth at JV championships and took second in our section meet. That is up from fourth from last year.”
Reilly will be the only swimmer who will be lost to graduation.
“We will miss her,” McAlpin said. “This season was a real accomplishment for our team and program. We are looking forward to next year. We get almost our whole team back next year and some.”
Hastings finished 20th in the meet.
Edina won the meet, followed by Wayzata and Eden Prairie. Stillwater (sixth) was the top Suburban East Conference team in the meet.
200 medley relay
The 200 medley relay team of Brina Kari, Kate Reilly, Kelly Leonard and Allissa Smith placed 11th with a time of 1 minute, 49.39 seconds.
Reilly is a senior, while Kari (a sophomore), Smith (a freshman) and Leonard (an eighth-grader) are all underclassmen.
The team set a new school record in the event this year.
Reilly placed sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.81, an All-American Consideration time. The race was won by Chanhassen’s Kaia Grobe, who had a time of 23.06.
Smith placed 14th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.34.
“Allissa went very close to her best time,” McAlpin said. “She did split her training time with diving this year. It was fun to see her dive and swim.”
Kari finished 20th in 59.37.
“For Brina, this is an event that she wanted to try,” McAlpin said. “It was a good experiment for her.”
Reilly placed 15th in the 100 freestyle, finished in 53.66. She had a time in prelims of 52.89.
Gjelhaug finished 22nd in the 500 freestyle. She had a time of 5:20.34.
“Abbie had a great race, considering her circumstance,” McAlpin said. “She was in lane eight with no one next to her to race. The girl in lane seven had scratched. Abbie had to race the clock. She did a fabulous job. She had very consistent splits throughout her race.”
Three Hastings swimmers qualified in the 100 backstroke, but none were able to race in the finals on Saturday.
Leonard came closest, finishing 17th in 59.07.
“Kelly’s swim was one of the best swims of the meet,” McAlpin said. “She had a fabulous swim. She dropped almost a full second off of her time from the section meet the week before. (It was) a great accomplishment for an eighth-grader new to the team.”
Kari finished 19th in 59.21.
“Brina had made a graceful tumble down the bleachers by this time and was hurting,” McAlpin said. “She got in and swam anyways. I was very proud of her for swimming.”
Smith was 20th in 59.38.
“Allissa put in a great effort in her backstroke,” McAlpin said. “Technique-wise she had a great race.”
400 freestyle relay
The 400 freestyle relay team placed 18th on Friday. They had a time of 3:42.08. The team was made up of Smith, Kari, Helen Jensen and Reilly.
“This was a tough swim for them,” McAlpin said. “It was at the end of a very tough meet. Helen had a great swim on the relay. It was her season-best split on the relay.”