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Gators take on Marshall, Melrose

Last week, the Morris Area/Minnewaska swimming and diving team swam against two top-10 teams in Class A: The Marshall Tigers on Tuesday and the Melrose Dutchmen at home Thursday. It was the first home meet at Minnewaska.


"The coaches had the swimmers try different events because of the busy week with some good outcomes," said coach Linda Hoffmann.

Mckayla Smith qualifed for sections in the 100 backstroke.

Bridgitte Weaver qualifed in the 50 free and 500 free with a 28.06 and a 6:21.

Bridget Opdahl qualifed in the 200 individual medley and broke her own school record in the 100 free with a 56.73, beating her previous by .03 hundreths.

Improved times were recorded by Amanda Thompson in the 100 breaststroke, Eden Testa in the 100 fly, Ari Maras in the 200 and 500 free, Agnes Dieter in the 100 free, and Hannah Berg and Ashlee Boysen in the 200 free.

Melrose 102

Morris/Minnewaska 75

A pool record was set by a Melrose ninth grader in the 100 fly, beating Erika Danielson's 1999 record of 1:02.90. Sawyer swam a 1:02.69.

"Overall it was good meet in the improvement department as the young Gator team keeps improving their times," said Hoffmann.

Amanda Thompson had a four-second drop in the 200 individual medley and a three-second cut in the 100 breaststroke.

Paige Hawkins dropped her time in the 50 free.

Weaver dropped her time in the 100 free.

Alexis Banister cut her time in the 200 individual medley.

Eighth grader Halleigh Thompson improved her time in the 500 free by 16 seconds.

Seventh grader Ashley Anderson swam the 100 fly for the first time and placed first in her JV event.

Both Ari Maras and Kendra LaSota dropped times in the 200 individual medley.

Ashlee Boysen continued had time drops in the 200 and 100 freestyle.

Eden Testa dropped time in the 100 free.

Jena DeRung swam and dropped time in the 100 breaststroke after struggling with illness.

"It was a good week and a productive one too," add Hoffmann.