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Girls Swimming: Wingers open season with 7th-place finish at Missota relays

Competing in the Missota Conference Relays for the first meet of the season, the Red Wing girls swimming and diving team finished in seventh in the eight-team meet with 206 points.

“Many of the girls are not feeling 100 percent due to only having swum for one-and-a-half weeks,” said Wingers’ head coach Kevin O’Brien. “It has been a shock to their system having to work so hard when they may not have during the summer. Once we get past this phase, the girls should be feeling pretty good and excited to race.”

Red Wing’s top finish came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where the team of LeEtta McDowell, Paulina Duchelle, Abby Sekus and Claire King took fourth place with a time of 1 minute, 54.73 seconds. 

In the 200 breaststroke relay, Nina Kriese, Sekus, Nora Bayley and Ashley Thompson placed fifth at 2:29.97.

“We have strong breaststrokers this year,” O’Brien said. “That’s something we haven’t had many of in my years with Red Wing.”

The Wingers closed out the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. King, Carly Boisen, Duchelle and Hannah Kolsky finished in 4:05.05.

“This was a great first meet for our girls,” O’Brien said. “Our relays may not have placed very well, but the girls swam well. Overall, our strokes looked good. Not having major stroke corrections to do throughout the season really saves time for us, allowing us to focus on conditioning and racing.”

Red Wing returns to the pool Tuesday at Shakopee.

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