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Girls Swimming: Wingers snag another Big Nine dual win

Red Wing's LeEtta McDowell competes in the 200-yard medley relay on Thursday. The Wingers won, 96-90, over Winona. Kyle Stevens / RiverTown Multimedia

The Red Wing girls' swimming and diving team collected another Big Nine Conference dual victory on Thursday when the Wingers snuck by Winona for a 96-90 victory.

"The girls came together as a team tonight. We knew it was going to take everybody on the team to come together, ready to compete," said Red Wing head coach Mikayla Beuch. "They had a passion and a purpose and it showed. The ladies are very close and supportive of each other. They were pumping each other up before the events, cheering on the sides of the pool and congratulating their competitors on great swims. They have a positive mentality and a strong sense of Winger pride and, as a coach, that makes me very proud to see."

Cecelia De Jong and Grace O'Brien had a pair of first-place finishes on Thursday. De Jong took the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 23.09 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:00.58) while O'Brien was first in the 500 freestyle (5:47.03) and 100 backstroke (1:07.95). Also taking top individual honors was Sammy Kriese in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.64).

Red Wing also had a pair of relays finish in first place, starting with the 200 medley relay of O'Brien, Kriese, De Jong and Teegan Beyers at 1:58.01. The final race of the night, the 400 freestyle relay of De Jong, Kriese, O'Brien and Teegan hit the board at 3:52.32.

Teegan had a pair of sprints result in second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (26.38) and 100 freestyle (58.49). Madison Beyers also took second in the 200 freestyle (2:12.69).

On Sept. 28, the Wingers are slated to face Mankato West at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

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