Gators host first meet this season
The Minnewaska/ Morris/Chokio-Alberta swimming and diving team hosted Montevideo Thursday at the RFC. The Gators dropped their first home meet 116-69.
The Gators were not at full strength, with senior sprinter and diver Julie Helander still out with a collarbone injury and sprinter Paige Hawkins still out from a viral infection.
"Two people doesn't seem like a lot to many people, but they represent eight events (in which) we could have scored more points," said coach Linda Hoffmann. "Though the score looks lopsided, many races were inches apart from a first, second and a third.
"I was pleased with our poise in our close races," added Hoffmann. "In our lineup I had many eighth, ninth grade swimmers swimming in varsity events. We had good finishes for a young team.
"The highlight was ninth grader Emily Edmunds come-from-behind swim in the 100 fly to out touch a Montevideo swimmer and drop six seconds from the previous meet. It shows to the coaches, the 'never say die attitude' and we like that from a young and promising swimmer."
Meanwhile, the Gators' JV team comprised of mostly seventh and eighth graders swam to a 73-71 victory.
Bridget Opdahl continued her reign of domination in the water with breaking the 100 fly Minnewaska school record set by Erika Danielson in 1999 of 1:02.41 with a time of 1:02.00. She nearly clipped Danielson's mark in the 200 IM of 2:23.85, but Opdahl swam a 2:25.75.
"She will try to get that one hopefully the next time she swims it."
JV personal best times were recorded by:
Kallan Mercier - 50 free
Rachel Erickson - 200 free and 100 free
Julia Hoffmann - 50 fly
Kate Folkman - 100 IM, 50 fly
Mariah Anderson - 50 free, 100 backstroke
Patience Tharp - 50 free, 100 back
Abbie McNally - 50 free
Varsity personal best times were recorded by:
Agnes Dieter - 100 back
Meghan Thoen - 100 back and 50 back in relay
Emily Edmunds - 100 fly
Bridget Opdahl - 200 IM and 100 Fly, 50 fly in relay
Amanda Thompson - 200 IM
Darrian DuVall - 500 Free
Halleigh Thompson - 200 free,
Mason Schlief - 100 breaststroke
The Gators travel to ROCORI Tuesday for a triangular with Foley