Sauk Centre 113
The Gators fell to Sauk Centre Tuesday, Oct. 5 113-73.
"We had a little bit of a let down after the Albany win, but we swam pretty well against Sauk," said coach Linda Hoffmann. "I moved around the lineup a little to see where we can put people in future meets. The score would have been closer had I not moved around the swimmers, but we would have still lost."
Bridget Opdahl broke the 50 free swim record that evening with the time of 25.61 and busted the old time of 25.70 of Erika Danielson in 1999.
Hoffmann noted Crystal Erickson was the first 25-second swimmer, then Danielson, and now Opdahl.
Section qualifiers from this meet were Tiana Barsness and Opdahl in the 500 free.
First place finishers were the 200 Medley Relay of Paige Entzi, Holte, Barsness, and Opdahl with a season-best time of 2:02.53; Barsness in the 200 IM, Holte in the 100 breaststroke, Opdahl in the 50 free, and Helander in diving.
Improved times went to Megan Stumpf in the 200 IM, Justice Robinson in the 200 free, Augusta Finzel in the 50 Fly in the 200 Medley Relay, and the 400 Free relay of Johnston, Opdahl, Barsness, and Entzi.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Gators picked up a 118-66 win at Montevideo. The junior varsity also won by a score of 85-80.
"The Gators were leading from the first relay and didn't stop until they racked up the highest point total in recent memory," said Hoffmann. "Everyone swam well considering it was our third straight week of two meets a week."
The varsity Gators captured 10 out of 12 events in first place including the 200 Medley Relay of Entzi, Holte, Barsness and Opdahl. Natalie Johnston was a double winner in the 200 and the 500 free. Barsness won the 200 IM and Entzi was victorious in the 100 back. Opdahl won in the 50 and 100 free. The 200 Free Relay of Holte, Johnston, Parsons, and Opdahl also won. Helander took first place in diving
Junior varsity first-place finishes were recorded by Halleigh Thompson , Katie Anderson, Amy Goette, and Krista Rust in the 200 Medley relay; Thompson in the 100 back with a personal best of 1:29.55; Laura Schwendeman in the 50 free; Mason Schlief in diving; Chelsea Fangmeier in the 100 free; and the 400 Free Relay of Colleen Rutledge, Thompson, Katie Rutledge, and Schwendeman.
Season-best times were achieved by Caitlyn Parsons in the 200 and 100 free, 50 free in the 200 free relay; Eden Testa dropped eight seconds in her 100 IM time; and Krista Rust had some significant time drops in the 50 fly and 50 free.
Paige Hawkins dropped eight seconds in the 500 free and swam her personal best, as did Katie Rutledge by dropping 13 seconds. Twin sister Colleen Rutledge swam a personal best in the 100 free. Amanda Thompson swam her season best in the 100 breaststroke. Amy Goette swam a personal best in the 50 free of the 200 Free Relay. Emily Ruether showed her personal-best times in the 50 and 100 free. Arianna Maras swam a personal best in the 100 backstroke and her freestyle events too.
"The JV swimmers are jelling and their strokes are coming together at the right time of the season. They have improved so much. The coaches are so proud of their improvement."