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Gators wrap up regular season, get ready for conference meet

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The Morris Area/Minnewaska girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up the dual meet season Tuesday Oct. 18 at Sauk Centre.

The Gators captured five firsts, but couldn't overcome the Mainstreeters' depth and lost 112-54.

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Bridgitte Weaver qualified in the 200 individual medley.

Also qualifying were Alexis Banister in the 100 free and Paige Entzi in the 200 free and 100 fly. Entzi was a double winner as she placed first in these events.

Bridget Opdahl edged out Alex Swim Club summer teammate Tiana Molitor in the 50 free, but Molitor returned the favor in the 100 free by .33 tenths of a second.

Molitor and Opdahl broke the 16-year-old pool record in that event set by Hansvick of Marshall in 1995.

Opdahl came from behind in both the 200 and 400 free relays to beat out Molitor at the finish.

"It was good competition heading into conference and sections where they will meet up again," said coach Linda Hoffmann. 

Gators recording improved times in varsity swimming included Agnes Dieter in the 100 back, Meghan Thoen in the 100 back, Mason Schlief in the 100 breaststroke, Halleigh Thompson in the 200 and 500 free, and Colleen Rutledge in the 500 free.

Junior varsity swimmers also had improved times, including Eden Testa in the 200 free and 100 free, Ashley Anderson in the 100 fly and 100 back, Kate Folkman in the 100 back, Ashlee Boysen in the 500 free, Darrian DuVall in the 50 fly, Emily Edmunds in the 100 free, Jena DeRung in the 100 breast, Patience Tharp in the 50 free, Cassie Phillips in the 50 free, Miranda Cerney in the 50 free, Anna Beld in the 50 free, Leah Thorstad in the 50 free, Kallan Mercier in the 100 free, and Heather Blomgren in the 100 free.

The Gators will head to the West Central Conference meet on Oct. 29 in Montevideo. Diving starts at 10 and swimming at 1 p.m.

"We hope they will extinguish their mental mistakes and swim the whole meet without any mishaps in relay exchanges that has cost us winning events and meets all season long," concluded Hoffmann.

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