The Gators opened the dual season with a 94-91 victory over Montevideo Thursday, Aug. 29, in Morris. The meet came down to the final relay, Gator head coach Linda Hoffmann said.

“I switched a swimmer out of my A and B relay of (Michele) Stai and Avery Jorgenson. Avery swam very well and helped the A relay secure the second place finish. In the B was Michele Stai, who was the anchor on the relay and came from behind to swim past the Thunderhawk swimmer to finish third and that was the 3-point difference.”

E. Murken finished first in two events: 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke. Stai took first in the 100-yard freestyle. Schoen took first in the 100-yard backstroke. Jaida Hess topped all divers with 155 points, and Makenna Hufford won the 200-yard freestyle.

“It was our first meet of the season and many new swimmers swam their first meet and did wonderful,” Hoffmann said. “It was a total team effort. I was impressed with our team and how they held their composure in the tight races. We hope to be at full strength in the next couple of weeks with the return of Audrey Dorweiler, Hannah Hoffmann and Olivia Edmunds.”

The Gators next compete against Albany Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood.

Morris/Minnewaska 94, Montevideo 91

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (2) Morris/Minnewaska (Shannon Dougherty, Elizabeth Murken, Bailey Schoen, Julia Kuehne) 2:07.29… (4) Morris/Minnewaska (Makena Thoen, Leslie Murken, Avery Jorgenson, Claire Reed) 2:20.8… (6) Morris/Minnewaska (Emma Dingman, Mckayla Schroeder, Alyssa Klassen, Sara Hoffman) 2:52.99

200 FREE – (1) Makenna Hufford 2:17.5 (2) Dougherty 2:18.06 (4) Miah Roen 2:26.75

200 IM – (2) Bailey Schoen 2:38.57 (4) Natalia Obregon 2:44.94 (6) Thoen 3:00.38

50 FREE – (2) Michele Stai 27.39 (4) Julia Kuehne 28.43 (6) Avery Jorgenson 30.37

DIVING – (1) Jaida Hess 155.85 (2) Madi Solvie 124.85 (3) Leslie Murken 120.8

100 FLY – (1) E. Murken 1:08.31 (5) Kaia Anderson 1:41.92

100 FREE – (1) Stai 1:01.2 (4) Claire Reed 1:03.09 (5) Kuehne 1:03.56

500 FREE – (2) Dougherty 6:18.82 (3) Hufford 6:24.89 (4) Roen 6:38.35

200 FREE RELAY – (2) Morris/Minnewaska (E. Murken, Hufford, Kuehne, Stai) 1:51.28 (4) M/M (Jorgenson, Obregon, Roen, Reed) 2:00.46 (5) M/M (Molly LeTendre, Sarah Dougherty, Avery Svec, Abigail Malek) 2:20.03 (6) M/M (Lily Anderson, Schroeder, Grace Mortenson, Klassen) 2:23.6

100 BACK – (1) Schoen 1:07.53 (4) Thoen 1:18.35 (6) Makarian Schott 1:42.94

100 BREAST – (1) E. Murken 1:20.81 (3) Obregon 1:27.84 (5) L. Murken 1:32.29

400 FREE RELAY – (2) Morris/Minnewaska (Shannon Dougherty, Schoen, Hufford, Stai) 4:13.15 (3) M/M (Reed, Jorgenson, Roen, Thoen) 4:13.15 (6) M/M (Dingman, Svec, Malek, Hoffman) 5:19.3