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Gators fall to Huskers at Holdingford

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The Gators lost a close one to the Holdingford Huskers 57-44 Thursday, Sept. 29.

At Holdingford's four-lane pool the swim meet scored differently for the individual races. The points system went 4-3-1 for the top three places and relays were scored 6-3-1 for the top three. So if the Gators got first and the Huskers got second and third, the score would be even.

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The meet was decided by relays and some key events. The Gators won two out of three relays, the 200 Medley, and 400 Free Relay.

"The achilles heal all season for the Gators has been the distance events, the 200 and 500 free, and that's where the Huskers outscored the Gators 7-1 to change the tide of the meet," explained coach Linda Hoffmann.

"The young Gator team had some outstanding swim times as they try to become a faster sprinting team," Hoffmann added.

New improved times were scored by the 400 free relay team of Bridget Opdahl, McKayla Smith, Bridget Weaver, and Paige Entzi, who had a personal best 4:04.03. Also the team of Julie Helander, Paige Hawkins, Alexis Banister, and Halleigh Thompson swam to a 4:31.34 with each swimming a personal-best time.

Other improved times were: Entzi in the 200 individual medley; Darrian DuVall in the 100 fly; Helander with a personal best in diving with a score of 168.55 and in the 50 and 100 free; and Mason Schlief in the 50 and 100 breast. Smith qualified for two more events, the 50 and 100 free with season-best times. Kendra LaSota also had an improved time in the 50 free.

The junior varsity swimmers recorded new and improved times by Agnes Dieter in the 200 and 100 free, Ashley Homme in the 100 back, Emily Edmunds in the 50 and 100 free, Meghan Thoen in the 50 fly, Thompson in the 100 free, Tristin Heald in the 100 breaststroke, Ashley Anderson in the 100 backstroke, Leah Thorstad in the 50 free, and Miranda Cerney in the 50 free.

"Patience Tharp, who just came out for swimming, did an excellent job in the 50 free with a time of 46.98, her first recorded time," added Hoffmann.

Bridget Opdahl swam a season best in the 50 free (25.25), and 100 butterfly (1:03.93), and took first place in 200 medley relay with Entzi, Weaver, and Schlief.

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