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The Hastings boys swimming team finished second at last weekend’s Packer Invitational in South St. Paul. The only team to beat Hastings at the meet was Eau Claire Memorial, one of the best teams in Wisconsin.
Had last week’s section swimming and diving meet been just the section swimming meet, the Hastings Raiders would be your section champions.
Alas, diving is included. And, due to a pool that is too shallow to permit a diving program, Hastings surrendered 63 points to Woodbury. Those 63 points sure came in handy for the Royals, who ended up beating Hastings by 44 points.
For days leading up to Thursday’s swimming meet against Woodbury, Hastings coach Katie McAlpin and her assistant, Gerry Rupp, pondered their lineup. Hours were spent pouring over the lineup, trying to figure out what combination of swimmers could defeat the Royals.
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.
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