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Swimming and diving: Minnewaska Gators set 41 season best times
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Lakers Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

The Minnewaska Gators saw more than 41 drops in time in their meet against Sauk Centre Thursday, but the swimming and diving team fell to the Mainstreeters 104-81.

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The Gators did pick up six first place finishes as Bridget Opdahl had individual wins in the 200 IM and the 100 free, then shared a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with Meghan Thoen, Mason Schlief and Bridgitte Weaver, as well as with Weaver, Julie Helander and Kate Folkman in the 200 free relay.

Weaver also grabbed a first place finish in the 500 free and Schlief was first in the 100 breaststroke.

"The team came out more aggressive than recent meets against Sauk Centre on Thursday night," said head coach Linda Hoffmann. "I told the girls they needed to be more assertive off the blocks and into the turns and finish strong."

That instruction came with results as Opdahl broke the pool record in the 100 free by swimming a 55.55, breaking the mark of 56.00 set by Sauk Centre's Tiana Molitor last year. Molitor and Opdahl are summer teammates on the Alexandria Swim Club team.

Helander also came through with a section qualifying mark in diving.

"Due to costly disqualifications for Sauk Centre, the Gators were down only by two after diving with Julie and Mason finishing first and third," said Hoffmann. "Helander was finally back after a rib injury that sidelined her for three meets.

"It was nice to have Julie back on the board and in the swim events. It gives our team a boost."

Ari Maras had personal bests in the 100 and 200 free, Halleigh Thompson posted best in the 200 and 500 free, Colleen Rutledge in the 200 IM, Kate Folkman in the 50 and 100 free, Amanda Thompson in the 100 fly and 100 breast, Darrian DuVall in the 100 free and 50 fly, Tristin Heald in the 100 breast and Ashley Homme in the 50 free.

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