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Swimming: Hastings notches two more wins

Hastings girls' swimming and diving continues to be on a tear after notching two more dual meet wins to close out the month of September. The Raiders routed Simley 100 to 81 and then blew out Hill-Murray by a near-identical score of 105-81.

Simley

Hastings beat the Simley Spartans easily despite winning just half of the events. However, the Raiders' were able to dominate the lower places to rack up points.

Event winners were the 200 medley relay team of Kendal Jenkins, Katie Gjelhaug, Shannon McCullough and Emma Gelhar in 2 minutes and 3.11 seconds; Kendra Kosmoski in the 200 freestyle (2:06.78); Emily Weldon in the one meter dive (186.95 points); McCullough in the 100 butterfly (1:07.22); Natasha Girgen in the 100 freestyle (56.04); and the 200 freestyle relay team with a time of 1:52.31.

Runners-up were Drew Gerlach in the 200 freestyle (2:08.46); McCullough in the 200 IM (2:24.83); Girgen in the 50 freestyle (26.03); Molly Vaughan in the one meter dive (175.40); Sydney Radke in the 100 butterfly (1:09.77); Kosmoski in the 500 freestyle (5:42.00); and Jenkins in the 100 backstroke (1:06.06).

Coming in third place were the 200 medley relay team of Samantha Biscoe, Radke, Jocelyn Brink and Logan Doty (2:14.15); Jenkins in the 200 IM (2:27.65); Gelhar in the 50 freestyle (27.77) and the 100 freestyle (1:00.50); Gjelhaug in the 500 freestyle (5:54.48) and Gerlach in the 100 backstroke (1:10.23).

"The swimmers of the meet was Jayce Warner and Sydney Mares," head coach Katie McAlpin said. "Jayce cut time in all of her events and she was also the lead off swimmer of the winning junior varsity 400 freestyle relay. Sydney Mares cut 16 seconds in her 500 freestyle and broke 30 seconds in her 50 freestyle. The diver of the meet was Makayla Cowee. Makayla had a rough warm up at the meet and pulled through and had a great meet."

Hill-Murray

The Raiders also won six out of twelve events against the Pioneers on their way to a 105-81 final score.

Swimmers who won their events were Girgen in the 100 freestyle (54.95) and 200 freestyle (1:59.29); Gelhar in the 50 freestyle (27.11); Weldon in the one meter dive (218.45); Gerlach in the 100 butterfly (1:02.45); and the 400 freestyle relay team of McCullough, Gelhar, Kosmoski and Girgen (3:51.42).

Coming in second were the 200 medley relay team of Jenkins, Gjelhaug, Gerlach and McCullough (1:58.27); Radke in the 50 freestyle (27.21); Lauren Ruder in the one meter dive (187.80); Kosmoski in the 500 freestyle (5:41.80); the 200 freestyle relay team of Gelhar, Radke, Kosmoski and Girgen (1:46.14); and Jenkins in the 100 backstroke (1:05.37).

Third-place finishers were the 200 medley relay team of Leah Miller, Brooklyn Byrd, Sofia VanZee and Ireland Zaruba (2:10.09); Kosmoski in the 200 freestyle (2:03.83); McCullough in the 200 IM (2:24.66) and 100 backstroke 1:06.85); Vaughan in the one meter dive (171.75); Radke in the 100 butterfly (1:07.80); Gelhar in the 100 freestyle (59.59); Gerlach in the 500 freestyle (5:52.22); the 200 freestyle relay team of Gjelhaug, Byrd, Brink and Zaruba (1:51.50); Gjelhaug in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.88) and the 400 freestyle relay team of McCullough, Gelhar, Kosmoski and Girgen (3:51.42).

"This puts us on the right track to win our conference with three more meets to go," McAlpin said. "This was one of the hardest meets that we will have this season aside from sections. The girls really prepared for it and did a great job. The swimmer of the meet was Nora Hitchcock, who cut 26 seconds off of her 500 freestyle and dropped four more seconds in her 200 IM. The diver of the meet was Emily Weldon. Emily was not feeling well, but stayed for the meet and came out with a win."

Hastings had a diving-only meet on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and then host Tartan on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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