Hastings girls' swimming and diving continues winning streak

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The Hastings girls' swimming and diving time continued their win streak with dual wins over North St. Paul and Woodbury. The Raiders won all 12 events against North St. Paul that they did not exhibition in to beat the Polars 86-72. They then had a close one against Woodbury where each team won the same amount events, but Hastings pulled out the win 96-90.

North St. Paul

The winners of the 12 events against the Polars were: the 200 medley relay team of Brooklyn Byrd, Sofia VanZee, Natasha Girgen and Drew Gerlach in two minutes and 9.13 seconds; Kendal Jenkins in the 200 freestyle (2:12.14); Girgen in the 200 IM (2:23.12); Kendra Kosmoski in the 50 freestyle (27.79); Emily Weldon in the 1-meter dive with 206.50 points; Sarah Radke in the 100 butterfly (1:13.35) and Shannon McCullough in the 100 freestyle (1:01.14).

Second-place finishers were McCullough in the 200 freestyle (2:13.32), Byrd in the 200 IM (2:37.29), Katie Gjelhaug in the 50 freestyle (28.64) and 100 freestyle (1:01.58), Molly Vaughan in the 1-meter dive (196.90) and Ireland Zaruba in the 100 butterfly (1:17.37).

The swimmers who took third place were 200 medley relay team of Leah Miller, Jenkins, Samantha Biscoe and Eva Storkamp (2:24.91); Emma Gelhar in the 200 freestyle (2:14.26); Zaruba in the 200 IM (2:43.72); Lauren Ruder in the 1-meter dive (177.90) and VanZee in the 100 butterfly (1:19.19).

"The swimmer of the meet was Sydney Radke," head coach Katie McAlpin said. "Sydney cut six seconds in her 100 freestyle and got her lifetime best time in the 100 breaststroke. The diver of the meet was Lauren Ruder who achieved her lifetime best six-dive score."

Woodbury

McAlpin said that since Hastings and Woodbury each won the same amount of events, winning second, third and fourth places became even more critical, and that the dual was even more exciting as it came down to the very last relay.

In the 200 medley relay, Hastings had teams take second (Jenkins, Gjelhaug, McCullough and Gelhar in 2:01.93) and third (VanZee, Jocelyn Brink, Zaruba and Radke in 2:10.02). Gerlach won the 200 freestyle (2:07.43), while Miller took fourth (2:17.22) and Lilly Garrett placed fifth (2:22.22).

Girgen won the 200 IM in 2:17.59, Gjelhaug took third in 2:27.79 and Jenkins finished fourth with a time of 2:29.63. Gelhar took second in the 50 freestyle (27.34) and Zaruba finished fourth in 28.30. Emily Weldon (220.35) and Molly Vaughan (188.85) finished first-second in the 1-meter dive while Ruder took fourth with a score of 180.90.

Gerlach and McCullough placed first and second in the 100 butterfly with times of 1:04.10 and 1:07.94 respectively, and Byrd took fourth (1:11.17). Gelhar took second in the 100 freestyle (1:00.93) and Zaruba finished fourth in 1:03.64. Girgen won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:30.90 and Brink gained a point by taking fifth with a time of 6:08.46.

Hastings took second in the 200 freestyle relay (Gjelhaug, Byrd, Gerlach and Girgen) in 1:50.77, while Jenkins took second in the 100 backstroke (1:05.85) and McCullough finished fourth (1:08.36). Gjelhaug (1:17.72) and Brink (1:21.73) finished second and third in the 100 breastroke. In the last event, the 400 freestyle relay, the Raiders won (Gerlach, Jenkins, Gelhar and Girgen in 3:53.48) and took third (Garrett, Brink, Byrd and McCullough in 4:08.74) to seal the win.

"The swimmers of the meet were Sarah Radke and Ireland Zaruba," McAlpin explained. "There were so many great swims it was hard to decide. Sarah had best times in all of her swims, one of them the 100 freestyle. She beat her twin sisters time in this one and it has been fun watching their rivalry. Ireland has shown us in the last few meets, especially this one, how great she is at finishing a race. She touched out a Woodbury girl in both of her individual races and got best times. The diver of the meet was Annika Tverberg. Even though she had a failed dive, she continued on positive and had a great rest of the meet. She also swam her first 50 backstroke."

Hastings traveled to Simley on Sept. 21, and then hosts Hill-Murray on Thursday, Sept. 28, for Parents Night.