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Girls Swimming: Northfield takes down Red Wing

Red Wing's Carly Boisen approaches the finish line of the 100-yard butterfly event during the Wingers' 105-79 loss to Northfield Thursday. Boisen took second in the event. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

Claire King’s victory in the 100-yard freestyle marked the only time the Red Wing girls swimming and diving team was able to win and event Thursday in a 105-79 Missota Conference loss to Northfield.

The Raiders started out with six straight wins, and closed with five consecutive victories, with King’s 59.95 seconds standing out in the middle.

But Wingers head coach Kevin O’Brien said the meet was still a good one for his team as they start looking at the final two weeks of the regular season.

“The girls swam well tonight, and we’re a couple weeks away from tapering yet,” O’Brien said. “We just told them that the other day and it was a bit of an eye-opener to realize that this is it; this is the time of the year where we need to condition, where we’re working hard. But the girls were coming off a rough week two weeks ago with three meets in a week, so we had a nice break coming into this meet and we had some nice times.”

O’Brien added that the girls posted a couple personal bests, while a few others were within a second of PBs. Carly Boisen’s second-place time of 1:08.98 in the 100 butterfly was one such name that stuck out to O’Brien.

“Even though she’s having some knee issues, she’s been right at her best time and has actually improved it a couple times. And tonight she cut more time,” O’Brien said.

In addition to Boisen, captain Medary Staley had a good run in her 500 freestyle event, finishing second in a time of 6:47.95.

“She finally had someone to race and swim next to and she pushed herself. She put forth a good time. It wasn’t the best time, but she was right there pushing herself, so that was nice to see,” O’Brien said, noting that racing the 500 without competition “makes a big difference.”

In diving, the Wingers’ Lydia Miller had quite the night. Miller hit her hand against the board on one of her dives, cutting her hand in the process. But Miller fought to finish the meet before heading out to see a doctor.

“(She) got up and ripped out her next few dives and did a really good job,” O’Brien said. “That was great on her part. I know it encouraged the rest of the divers to say that, ‘Even if though hit the board, she can still get up and dive.’”

The Wingers will take to the busses next week with meets at Tartan and at New Prague. Red Wing will close the regular season with two more meets the week after. Chanhassen will come to visit Oct. 10 before the Wingers cross the border to face River Falls Oct. 17.

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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