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Raiders swim team stays perfect at 4-0

Through the first half of Thursday's home swimming meet between Hastings and East Ridge, it appeared as though the Raptors were the top team. Just before the break and after the 50 freestyle, East Ridge held a 35-27 lead over Hastings.

But Hastings coaches knew what most fans certainly couldn't have known - that the Raptors had stacked their lineup in the first half of the meet. In the second half of the meet, Hastings came roaring back and went on to win 90-80.

"It was an amazing meet," Hastings coach Katie McAlpin said. "We went into the meet wanting a 4-0 record and we came out on top. We are still undefeated."

After the break, Hastings came out and placed first and second in the 100 butterfly, with Mariah Wallace placing first and Abbie Gjelhaug placing second. The finish for Gjelhaug was a surprise, and it couldn't have been closer.

She ended up earning the swimmer of the meet honors as she touched-out her East Ridge opponent by just one hundredth of a second. That was the turning point in the meet.

"She pulled a Michael Phelps," assistant coach Brittany Wilcox said.

"That she did," McAlpin said. "Abbie also powered through the 200 IM for a second-place finish."

Hastings trailed 41-37 after the butterfly.

In the 100 freestyle, the Raiders took first and second, with Brina Kari taking the top spot and Janna Sorg coming in second. That tied the meet at 47-47.

East Ridge then rallied to take a 65-59 lead after the 200 freestyle.

Hastings went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke (Kari took first and Wallace second) and then Hastings took first and third in the 100 breaststroke to take an 80-76 lead heading into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Hastings finished first and third and left the middle school with another win.

Hastings had three swimmers out of the meet, so the Raider depth was certainly a factor.

"The girls worked together as a team better tan I have seen so far this season and made the finishes that we needed," McAlpin said. "I am very proud of all of them."

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay - team of Brina Kari, Kate Reilly, Mariah Wallace and Janna Sorg, first, 1:53.79.

200 freestyle - Cassie Kimmes, third, 2:01.43; Wallace, fifth, 2:12.47; Megan Jahnke, third, 2:30.54.

200 individual medley - Abbie Gjelhaug, second, 2:22.78; Alyssa Spitzack, third, 2:26.42; Katie Fasbender, sixth, 3:02.78.

50 freestyle - Reilly, first, 25.21; Sorg, fourth, 26.63; Melanie Waibel, sixth, 27.42.

100 butterfly - Wallace, first, 1:00.98; Gjelhaug, second, 1:05.22; Christina Gillard, sixth, 1:14.50.

100 freestyle - Kari, first, 56.99; Sorg, second, 58.77; Waibel, 1:02.07.

200 freestyle relay - team of Sorg, Wallace, Waibel and Kimmes, second, 1:48.35; team of Jahnke, Gjelhaug, Waibel and Spitzack, third, 1:56.43.

100 backstroke - Kari, first, 1:02.26; Wallace, second, 1:03.93; Jahnke, sixth, 1:26.27.

100 breaststroke - Reilly, first, 1:11.23; Spitzack, third, 1:14.38; Gillard, fourth, 1:22.52.

400 freestyle relay - team of Kari, Kimmes, Wallace and Reilly, first, 3:43.64; team of Jahnke, Waibel, Wallace and Gjelhaug, third, 4:11.23; team of Devine, Gillard, Fasbender and Frandrup, sixth, 4:45.63.