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Swimming: Owatonna sinks Red Wing

Red Wing's Hannah Kolsky competes in the 200-yard freestyle on Thursday. The Wingers lost to Owatonna in their first Big Nine Conference meet. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Red Wing’s Ingrid Olson cruised to a victory in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, and the 400 freestyle relay team also took the top spot in a 98-85 loss to Owatonna in the Wingers’ inaugural Big nine Conference swim meet.

“(It was a) great meet despite the injuries and lack of divers,” said Red Wing head coach Kevin O’Brien. “The girls swam really well tonight. We even had a (personal record) by one of our top swimmers. We are excited about what we saw tonight, lots of speed that we haven't really worked on yet. Now that the girls have had a taste of competition, we should start to see more times drop. We kept it close by getting lots of second-, third- and fourth-place finishes.”

Olson’s time of 26.42 seconds was more than a half-second ahead of second place in the 50, and she won by nearly a second in the 100.

In the meet’s final event, Polina Duchelle, Kelly Colwell, Nina Kriese and Hannah Kolsky completed the 400 free relay in 4:09.13. Seventeen seconds behind that team was the group of Grace O’Brien, Makenna Doig, Abby Estabrooks and Courtney Colwell, giving Red Wing its only one-two finish of the evening.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Wingers will take the show on the road, facing Rochester Mayo at 6 p.m.

Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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