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Raiders edge STMA thanks to strong final relay

Going into the final race of last week's dual meet between Hastings and St. Michael-Albertville, the two teams were tied, 86-86.

That meant whoever won the final race of the night, the 400 freestyle relay, would win the meet.

Well, there wasn't a whole lot of drama once that race began.

The Hastings team of Brina Kari, Helen Jensen, Morgan McCullough and Allissa Smith blew away the top STMA team by 13 seconds to win the race and the meet for the Raiders. The Hastings team finished in 3:45.07, while STMA's top team finished in 3:58.07.

The No. 2 Hastings relay team almost beat STMA, too, finishing in 3:59.31.

The swimmer of the meet for the Raiders was Elli Walker, who had her personal best time in the 500 freestyle (5:49.31). She cut 33 seconds off her previous personal best in the event. To top it off, it was her birthday.

Results from the meet went like this:

200 medley relay – team of Brina Kari, Abbie Gjelhaug, Allissa Smith and Grace Hausman, first, 1:53.01; team of Morgan McCullough, Ficker, Jenna Spitzack and Christina Gillard, fifth, 2:04.09; team of Wallace, Nikki Girgen, Valya Tipler and Elli Walker, 2:08.28.

200 freestyle – Helen Jensen, first, 2:03.36; McCullough, third, 2:04.52; Walker, fourth, 2:08.64.

200 individual medley – Kelly Leonard, second, 2:20.34; Spitzack, fourth, 2:23.79; Breanna Kimmes, fifth, 2:26.70.

50 freestyle – Hausman, second, 26.04; Mariah Wallace, fourth, 26.73; Gillard, 28.32.

Diving – Britta Johnson, second, 140.75; Madi Ficker, fourth, 116.85; Sara Ficker, sixth, 91.31.

100 butterfly – Smith, first, 59.14; Gjelhaug, second, 1:03.59; Spitzack, fourth, 1:05.34.

100 frestyle – Kari, first, 53.71; Leonard, fifth, 58.78; Ellie Wallace, 1:07.27.

500 freestyle – Jensen, second, 5:33.54; Hausman, third, 5:35.78; Mariah Wallace, 6:17.51.

200 freestyle relay – team of Gjelhaug, Hausman, Leonard and Jensen, second, 1:45.62; team of Girgen, Tipler, Ficker and Rosie Pechous, fourth, 1:52.06; team of Kimmes, Spitzack, Wallace and Wallace, 1:55.14.

100 backstroke – Kari, first, 58.45; McCullough, second, 1:04.57; Kimmes, fourth, 1:08.41.

100 breaststroke – Smith, second, 1:12.24; Gjelhaug, fourth, 1:14.88; Gillard, 1:19.55.

400 freestyle relay – team of Kari, Jensen, McCullough and Smith, first, 3:45.07; team of Wallace, Kimmes, Leonard and Gillard, third, 3:59.31; team of Wallace, Megan Jahnke, C.J. Kremer and Pechous, 4:40.71.