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Hastings takes 5th at conference swim relays

The Hastings girls swim team began its season with a fifth-place finish at the 10-team Suburban East Conference relays on Thursday.

Stillwater won the meet with 136 points. Woodbury was second (110), Mounds View was third (96) and East Ridge was fourth (82).

Hastings had 72 points.

The swimmer of the meet for the Raiders was Sara Ficker.

"She did a great job in a few back-to-back events," coach Katie McAlpin said. "She had one where she was up in one heat and then again in the next. We have more swimmers this year but sometimes this still happens. We still have one of the smallest teams in the conference."

Hastings is at Roseville at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) for the first dual meet of the season. This will also be the first competition for the Hastings diving program in many years.

"We are very excited to have them and get to watch them compete this week," McAlpin said.

Results from the meet went like this:

400 medley relay - team of Morgan McCullough, Abbie Gjelhaug, Kate Reilly and Mariah Wallace, fifth, 4:20.86; team of Abby Knapp, CJ Kremer, Sara Ficker and Megan Jahnke, 17th, 5:21.67.

200 freestyle relay - team of Emily Klysen, Jenna Spitzack, Katherine Rupp and Helen Jensen, sixth, 1:50.20.

400 medley relay - team of Christina Gillard, Nikki Girgen, Kelly Leonard and McCullough, fourth, 4:36.98; team of Rosie Pechous, Valya Tipler, Kremer and Breanna Kimmes, 11th, 5:04.40.

200 butterfly relay - team of Ficker, Tipler, Brina Kari and Jensen, fourth, 2:00.33; team of Pechous, Knapp, Lizzy Pagel and Rupp, 14th, 2:22.66.

800 freestyle relay - team of McCullough, Wallace, Kimmes and Kari, fourth, 8:40.74; team of Ficker, Girgen, Jenna Spitzack and Gillard, 14th, 9:50.50.

200 backstroke relay - team of Gjelhaug, Klysen, Leonard and Reilly, third, 1:58.92; team of Spitzack, Knapp, Kremer and Mariah Stone, 15th, 2:34.93.

200 breaststroke relay - team of Jensen, Tipler, Jahnke and Wallace, ninth, 2:31.91; team of Page, Hannah Harris, Savannah Caroon and Corinna Brown, 20th, 3:10.53.

400 freestyle relay - team of Kimmes, Kari, Gjelhaug and Reilly, second, 3:46.14; team of Rupp, Pechous, Gillard and Girgen, 10th, 4:21.33.