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Gators close out dual season with win

The Minnewaska/Morris/C-A swimming and diving team defeated the Perham Yellowjackets in the Gators' last dual meet of the season Monday, Oct. 22. 

It was also senior night and the Gators honored Bridget Opdahl, Colleen Rutledge, Julie Helander, and Kendra Harpstead at the Minnewaska pool.

The varsity won 102-78. The junior varsity also won 119-18 because Perham did not have a complete JV lineup.

Perham was shorthanded to 13 swimmers, so the Gators capitalized on their depth and captured most of the top-five places that garner points.

"Perham captured six events with their small team," explained coach Linda Hoffmann. "They had fast swimmers, just not enough of them."

The Gators won six events: the 200 medley relay, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 fly, diving, and 100 backstroke.

Senior Bridget Opdahl was on three of those firsts including the medley relay along with Megan Thoen, Emily Edmunds, and Bridgitte Weaver.

Thoen also captured the 100 backstroke.

Weaver placed first in the 200 IM and Julie Helander placed first in diving with 171.65 points.

"The girls swam well for a Monday and having no school," said Hoffmann. "We had some time drops from Weaver in the 200 IM, as well as Edmunds and Ashley Anderson both in the 100 fly.

"Haley Gallagher dove her first six-dive list and scored 120 points along with Mason Schlief," added Hoffmann. "Our divers did an outstanding job."

  On the JV side, it was many of the swimmers' last dual meet to end their junior-high season. Some notable improvements were: Alicia Pederson in the 50 free, Tracy Feuchtenberger in the 50 free, Heidi Revak in the 50 free, Anna Haus and Mariah Anderson in the 100 backstroke, Emily Reuther in the 50 free, Meghan Cerney in the 50 free, Natasha Nemmers in the 100 free, Greta Serrin in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke, Rachel Stai in diving and 100 breaststroke, and Ashley Homme in the 100 breaststroke.

"It was an overall great team effort, and we as coaches are very proud of our swimmers and divers."