Girls Swimming: Short-handed Red Wing finishes 6th at Simley
Swimming without two of its best sprinters – Carly Boisen and Claire King – due to illness, the Red Wing girls swimming team placed sixth out of seven teams in the Simley Swimming and Diving Invitational Saturday in Inver Grove Heights.
“Not having (Boisen and King) cost us four top-eight individual place points, not to mention helping greatly in the relays,” Wingers’ head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We still had some great swims though, with times being dropped in many races.”
Ingrid Olson and Ashley Thompson proved to be two of Red Wing’s top swimmers Saturday. Thompson placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 14.17 seconds, and she also placed fifth in the 200 individual medley at 2:30.68. Olson chipped in with a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (26.42) and a fifth-place showing in the 100 backstroke (1:07.91).
Nina Kriese also put in a top-five finish, taking fifth in the 500 freestyle at 6:01.09. O’Brien also credited Marissa Kelly with a strong 500 freestyle performance. Racing in the 500 for just the second time, the eighth-grader cut 17 seconds off her personal best with a time of 6:46.58.
On Thursday, the Wingers host to Chanhassen for the final home meet of the season.