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Montevideo relays dominant in Gator loss

The Minnewaska / Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta / Benson girls swim and dive team fell short in Montevideo last Thursday, Aug. 28. The Thunder Hawks outlasted the Gators 106-81. The junior varsity Gators were also edged, 89-82.

Montevideo had three dominant relays that finished first and second twice and first and third in the 400 freestyle. The Gators were outscored 34-8.

“You can’t win swim meets with finishes like that,” head coach Linda Hoffman said. “That was the main difference of the meet. On the upside, we tried swimmers in new events and had good results and many of the junior high seventh graders swam for their first dual meet and did outstanding.”

Notable time improvements came from Agnes Dieter, Kallan Mercier, Rachel Erickson, Haley Gallagher, Halleigh Thompson, Ashlee Boysen, and Abbie McNally.

Dieter and Gallagher both improved in the 100 backstroke. Dieter also set a new PR in the 200 IM last Thursday.

Mercier and Erickson improved in the 100 freestyle. Thompson improved her 500 freestyle time, and Boysen set a new diving PR.

The Gators have nine section qualifiers so far this season, qualifying in a total of nine events – swimmers like Lacey Entzi and Bridgitte Weaver are swimming qualifying times in most of their events. Boysen, Erickson, Dieter, Meghan THoen, Kate Folkman, Erin Edmunds, and Ari Maras are also swimming qualifying times in at least one event thus far in the season.

The next meet for the Gators is in Litchfield on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Then the Gators host their first home meet of the season in Minnewaska, hosting Melrose on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.

Brooke Kern

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