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Girls Swimming: Wingers take fourth at Bloomington Kennedy

Red Wing head coach Kevin O'Brien said the Wingers' lack of depth was evident Saturday at the Bloomington Kennedy Invite but Red Wing was able to drop time in placing fourth out of six teams.

"There were some good swimmers there," O'Brien said. "The only one part of our conference was Farmington. It was a good meet to go to as far as competition."

The Wingers also lost points competing without their diving team.

Red Wing ninth-grader Ingrid Olson took first place in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming the race in 26.49 seconds. She also got fifth in the 100 backstroke. Senior Jess Kolsky finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 27.17.

Seventh-grader Carly Boisen knocked a full second off her 100 freestyle time, taking eighth in 1:01.76.

"The younger girls swam well today," O'Brien said. "They dropped a lot of time in their freestyle events."

Red Wing's relay teams garnered plenty of points, with each placing fifth or better. The 200 freestyle relay of Boisen, Kolsky, eighth-grader Claire King and senior Amy Nemanich, got third in 1:50.22. Both the 400 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay place fifth.

Junior Ashley Thompson came in second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:12.56.

"(She) had a great breaststroke," O'Brien said. "Which was good that she was still within two seconds of the state cut."

Eighth-grader Nina Kriese got eighth in the breaststroke and junior Abby Sekus took ninth but shaved off .39 seconds.

"She's starting to come alive," O'Brien said of Sekus. "We're starting to see some more excitement."

The Wingers compete again Tuesday in Hastings.

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