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Gators fall to ThunderHawks

The Minnewaska-Morris girls' swimming and diving team had another close swim meet at Montevideo last Thursday, but fell to the ThunderHawks 101-85.

The Gators were down 91-81 going into the 400 free relay and needed a first and second to score 12 points and two points from Montevideo to tie the meet. In a nailbiting finish the Gators were outtouched by less than .5 second between first and second place in the relay. Anchor swimmer Bridget Opdahl dove in the water about 15 yards or five seconds behind the anchor swimmer Bayley Pauling from Montevideo and nearly caught her at the 95th yard of the 100-yard race. Opdahl swam a 54.28 on that leg, but Pauling swam her career best to out touch Opdahl.

First-place finishes were captured by Opdahl in the 50 and 100 free and the 200 free relay team of Julie Helander, Kate Folkman, Bridgitte Weaver, and Opdahl.

The junior varsity also lost 110-55.

Personal-best swims continue to be recorded on the team, including Kallan Mercier in the 100 free; Ashley Anderson in the 200 IM; Rachel Erickson in the 100 free; Julia Hoffmann in the 100 breaststroke; Greta Serrin in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke; Emily Edmunds in the 100 fly in which she dropped 13 seconds; Bridgitte Weaver in the 200 IM and 500 free; Rachel Stai in the 100 IM; Jena DeRung in the 50 free; Meghan Cerney in the 50 fly; Ashley Homme in the 50 breaststroke; Colleen Rutledge in the 500 free; and Natasha Nemmers in the 50 and 100 free.

The Gators travel to Melrose on Thursday and the Section True Team in Sartell on Saturday.