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Girls Swimming: Wingers finish 3rd at Hastings

Heading into a tough meet triangular meet with Hastings and Tartan on Tuesday in Hastings, Red Wing girls swimming and diving head coach Kevin O'Brien wanted to try something different with his team.

"Going into the meet, we knew Hastings was going to be good," O'Brien said, "so for this meet, I had to have some of the girls swim events that they either hadn't swam yet or haven't swam in a while."

Ultimately, the Wingers took third with 359.5 points, trailing both the Raiders, who won the meet with 521 points, and the Titans, who took second with 367.5 points. But O'Brien and the rest of the Red Wing team got enough positives out of the meet to keep the team rolling.

Clinching the lone first-place finish for the wingers was diver Jess Kolsky, who won the 1-meter dive with a score of 178.45. Lydia Miller (149.30) and Allison Bryne (139.30) followed in third and fifth, respectively, in the diving competition.

"The divers did phenomenal tonight," O'Brien said. "The divers are really stepping up to the plate this year and performing very well. We are excited to see what they can do at sections this year."

Junior Ashley Thompson had a pair of second-place finishes for the Wingers on Tuesday, taking second in 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 27.07 seconds. She also finished in second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:13.78.

Ingrid Olson also captured a second-place finish for Red Wing in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.00.

"Ingrid has really stepped up as our go-to sprinter," O'Brien said. "It will be a tough decision on what to have her swim at sections this year, being either the 50 or 100 freestyle, or the 100 backstroke."

Senior Amy Nemanich set a personal best in the 500 freestyle on Tuesday, finishing with a time of 5:43.54.

"Amy is really excited, considering she got her previous best time at sections last year when tapered, and is already getting faster without getting to taper yet," O'Brien said.

The Wingers are back at the pool next Tuesday, when they host River Falls, Wis., at Twin Bluff Middle School.