Gators host home meets
The Gators hosted two girls’ swimming and diving meets with St. Cloud Cathedral and ROCORI coming to Morris Tuesday, Sept. 10 and Holdingford visiting Minnewaska Thursday, Sept. 12.
Gators 76, SC Cathedral 50
ROCORI 112, Gators 76
The Gators defeated St. Cloud Cathedral 76-50, but lost to ROCORI 112-76.
The junior varsity was also victorious against Cathedral 87-40, but lost to ROCORI 108-87.
The Gators had 27 improved times and Bridgitte Weaver qualified for sections in the 100 back.
Swimmers with improved times in two events were Kallan Mercier, Erin Edmunds, Halleigh Thompson, Tristin Heald, Mason Schlief, Emily Edmunds, Morgan Steinke, Katie Ohren, Ashley Homme, Mariah Anderson, and Agnes Dieter. Kate Folkman, Natasha Nemmers, Meghan Thoen, and Haley Gallagher also had improved times in one event, along with Ashlee Boysen in diving.
Gators 98, Holdingford 86
The Gators racked up 31 new improved times on their way to victory last Thursday at the Minnewaska pool. The Gators defeated Holdingford 98-86.
The JV also won 104-52.
“The team showed great desire and poise to secure the win,” said coach Linda Hoffmann. “(There were) many close races and finishes.
“The Gators only had five firsts, but had many seconds and thirds and fourths to outscore Holdingford with the added depth to win the meet.
The Gators were up after diving 38-37 when both Ashlee Boysen and Haley Gallagher dove their personal bests.
“They really stepped it up last night and are feeling more comfortable on the board,” said Hoffmann. “The scores see-sawed back and forth until after the 500 free where the Gators secured a first, fourth and a crucial fifth to outscore the Huskers 9-7.
“Seventh grader Lacey Entzi broke the school record in the 500 free shattering the old record set in 1999 with a new time of 5:38.87. The old record was Erika Danielson with a 5:42.25.
“The pool record is a 5:32 which is not out of reach for her this year,” added Hoffmann. “it was a fun swim for the fans to watch.”
“The 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke were in favor of the Gators of 20-12 to pull the meet out of reach of the Huskers.
“It was a great team effort, we are 2-0 in dual meets, 1-1 in triangulars, that hasn’t happened in a very long time.
“We have tough, tough competition in the upcoming weeks with state ranked Melrose, Sauk Centre and Litchfield who have quality top notch swimmers. It’s good to swim them to see where we need to go in the future. I’m looking forward to this team to continue to improve. They keep surprising me.”