29 August 2012

Girls Swimming; O'Reilly sets record at Northfield

Kaitlyn O'Reilly set pool record in 100 backstroke (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Junior Kaitlyn O'Reilly broke the pool record in the 100 backstroke in Farmington's 101-85 dual meet loss Tuesday night at the Northfield Middle School pool.

The Raiders won 10 of 12 events in the Missota Conference opener with O'Reilly providing both Farmington firsts, adding a victory in the 200 individual medley to her record time of 57.89 in the 100 back.

"There were two pool records set in the meet," Tiger coach Jen Marshall said. "Northfield also set a new one in the medley relay. That shows how fast things are right now.

"We were very pleased with the meet. We're leaps and bounds faster out of the gate which should make for very fast times come the championship season."

Seven Tigers earned second place finishes in the meet, including two each by Kristen Kracke and Cora Ruzicka. Kracke finished runner-up in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke; Ruzicaka took second in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

The other second place efforts were turned in by Ellie Sundet in the 200 freestyle; Chelsea Gehrke in the 100 breaststroke and Nikki Cayard in one-meter diving.

Third place Farmington finishers included Sara Kintner in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Gehrke, 200 medley; Sundet, 100 freestyle; Robin Ellis, 50 freestyle and Kendall Novak, diving.

"There are a lot of things we need to improve in our races," Marshall said. "It almost scares me how fast we would have been if those things had been fine tuned for this meet. There's always room for improvement though."

The Tigers' next chance to show improvement comes next Thursday, Sept. 6, when they entertain Red Wing in a Missota Conference dual meet at the Dodge Middle School pool.