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Girls Swimming: Red Wing begins season with win

Red Wing senior Amy Nemanich competes in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday in Red Wing. Nemanich won the event in 5 minutes, 47.56 seconds as the Wingers defeated Shakopee 99-87. Photo by Chris Harrell

The season started with a splash for Red Wing at home Tuesday as the Wingers defeated Shakopee 99-87.

Red Wing took first place in eight events en route to victory.

"I wanted the girls to realize that they can race and start off the season fast," Red Wing head coach Kevin O'Brien said. "The girls that needed to did it."

Senior Amy Nemanich won the 500-yard freestyle for the Wingers in a time of 5 minutes, 47.56 seconds, junior Ashley Thompson took first in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke while ninth-grader Ingrid Olson won the 50 free and 100 free races in 26.37 seconds and 58.48 seconds respectively. The 400 free relay team won in 3:58.97.

Red Wing's 200 free relay teams also took first place and second place.

The Wingers' 200 medley relay team took second place in 2:05. Ninth-grader Kelly Colwell came in second in the 100 backstroke and eighth-grader Claire King finished in second behind Olson in both the 50 and 100 free. Ninth-grader Hannah Kolsky came in third in the 500 free and dropped four seconds off her time in the 200 free to end in fourth place. Senior Sydney Steger finished third in the 100 backstroke in 1:13.24.

"It was the second and third place finishes that really stood out for us," O'Brien said.

Senior Jess Kolsky won the meter diving competition with a 155.65 and junior Lydia Miller took second at 138.45.

A big reason for the team's success out of the gate can be attributed to consistency within the program for the first time in years.

"Coming back this year, the girls have a consistent coach finally for the first time in five years," O'Brien said. "That's definitely helped their attitude and actually having times for the girls. I didn't know what I had (last year); I didn't have any seed times. That was definitely a major factor."

Wingers come up short against Hudson

Hudson set four pool records Thursday in a 105-82 victory over Red Wing at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing.

Hudson's Erika Guenther set two records with a time of 2 minutes, 11.62 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley and set a new record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.06. Abbey Schnaith set the pool record in the 100 backstroke last season.

Hudson's Devin Cicha won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.07 and set a pool record and Hudson's 400 freestyle relay set a pool record in 3:42.31.

Despite the four record-setting performances, Hudson did not exhibition an event.

Ashley Thompson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.91 for the Wingers while the 200 free relay of Claire King, Sydney Sterger, Carly Boisen and Amy Nemanich won in 1:51.22.

The 400 free relay of King, Hannah Kolsky, Nemanich and Olson took second in 4:00.63.

Kelly Colwell took second in the 100 back in 1:12.04.

Nemanich took second in the 500 free, King took second in the 100 fly in Boisen finished third in the 100 free.

"We're still losing too many races in the last 25 yards," Red Wing head coach Kevin O'Brien said. "That was our problem last year and we're still working on it."

The Wingers face Farmington Thursday in Farmington.