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Girls Swimming: Wingers third at Eagle invitational

Red Wing's Kendra Steffenson took sixth place in diving during last Thursday's Big Nine Conference dual meet against Rochester Mayo at Twin Bluff Middle School. Joe Brown / RiverTown Multimedia

Red Wing freshman Cecelia De Jong had a pair of first-place finishes on Saturday, helping the Winger girls' swimming and diving team placed third in the five-team Eagle Invitational at Bloomington Kennedy High School.

Red Wing finished with 411 points, behind first-place Farmington (1,039) and New Prague (446). Eau Claire North was fourth at 214, and Bloomington Kennedy fifth at 206.

De Jong was the top swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 24.74 seconds before winning again in the 100 butterfly at 1:01.85.

Red Wing produced two second-place relay teams. The 200 medley relay of Grace O'Brien, Kennedy Carlson, De Jong and Beyers was runner-up at 2:01.63, and the 400 freestyle relay of O'Brien, Madison Beyers, De Jong and Beyers was second in 4:05.03.

Other second-place finishes for the Wingers include: Riley Marty (diving, 255.30 points), Beyers (100 freestyle, 58.90) and O'Brien (100 backstroke, 1:08.43). O'Brien also had a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle at 5:50.78, and Carli King chalked up a third-place score in diving at 253.15.

"This invite was a great opportunity for us to go out and compete," said Red Wing head coach Mikayla Beuch. "Unfortunately due to illnesses, we had to scratch five people from our roster which left us short in numbers. This shows a great performance from our athletes when the chips were down. I had so many swimmers stop up and place high, many achieving personal best times."

On Thursday, the Wingers will have a Big Nine Conference dual at Albert Lea.

Sept. 7

Rochester Mayo 96, Red Wing 82

Red Wing opened Thursday's Big Nine Conference dual meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay in a 96-82 loss to the visiting Spartans at Twin Bluff Middle School.

The 200 medley team of Grace O'Brien, Sammy Kriese, Cecelia De Jong and Teegan Beyers hit the board first in 1 minute, 58.3 seconds.

De Jong also made a preliminary Class 1A state cut in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.71. O'Brien had a pair of second-place finishes in the 500 freestyle (5:49.31) and 100 backstroke (1:09.03). Kriese placed second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.54, and the 200 freestyle relay (1:52.85) and 400 freestyle relay (4:00.39) also secured second-place finishes. Beyers had a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (26.85).

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