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Cougar swimmers close out home schedule with win

In the final home meet of the season, the University of Minnesota, Morris swimming and diving team scored an impressive 128-85 win over visiting University of Wisconsin -River Falls Saturday.

Cougar seniors Jackie Hanson, Melissa Johnson, Kristina Roe, and Jodie Roy all swam their final competition in the UMM pool, and all scored points to help in the win.

Johnson was a three-time winner, setting a career best in her win in the 100-yard back, while also swimming in the winning 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays.

Johnson went 1:07.15 in the 100 back, bettering her previous mark of 1:07.18 set last season.

She led off a 200 medley relay team that won with a time of 1:59.71, almost 10 seconds ahead of River Falls in second place. Andelee Quast, Kayla Gastecki, and Natalie Reynen joined Johnson on team.

Quast had the highlight of the day, breaking her own record in the 100-yard breaststroke that was just set the night before. She touched the wall in 1:12.93 - going under 1:13.00 for the first career time - and breezed to the win, four seconds ahead of her closest competition.

Reynen led off the 200-yard free relay, with Johnson second, Hanson third and Sara Dens on the anchor, that won with a season-high mark of 1:47.20, five seconds ahead of second place.

Hanson posted a pair of runner-up finishes, helping the Cougars sweep the top two spots in both the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, coming in just behind Dens each time. Dens won the 200 with a 2:06.89, with Hanson behind in second at 2:14.47, and in the 100 Dens won in 57.08, with Hanson touching the wall at 1:00.85.

Also winning was Reynen in the 50-yard freestyle with a 27.07, with Roy placing fifth with a 30.26, to aid in the Cougars' scoring.

Gastecki posted a 2:23.43 in the 200-yard individual medley, with Charlotte Raeker posting a 140.75 on the three-meter board.

Additionally, Roe posted a career best in the 1000-free, posting a 13:09.35, bettering her previous best set back in her freshman season.

The Cougars get back at it next weekend, at the Dragon Cobber Invitational in Moorhead on Jan. 20 and 21. The meet kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday night, and resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday Morning