Swimmers rally to tie Mayo 93-93

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 10, 2003

The comeback did not fall short for the Albert Lea High School girls’ swimming and diving team.

Not completely.

The Tigers rallied from a 70-56 deficit with four events remaining to tie Rochester Mayo 93-93 in a Big Nine meet in the ALHS pool Thursday night.

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&uot;The girls did a good job,&uot; said coach LaChelle Sandon. &uot;We got beat out on touch-outs in some great races.&uot;

The Tigers won six races, including all three relays.

Kaeli Wayne, Samantha Cole, Leah Matheson and Lonna Vanderploeg won the 200-yard medley relay in 2:03.64. Mariah McGill, Krista Horejsi, Matheson and Alyssa Nelson were first in the 200 free relay in 1:52.04. And Vanderploeg, Whitney Walters, Jackie Elwood and Cole took the 400 free relay in 3:59.51.

Cole added a pair of individual firsts, winning the 50 free in 25.99 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:04.66. Matheson got the Tigers’ other win, the 100 breast in 1:13.6.

Other ALHS places: Rachael Hagen, second, 200 free, 2:17.22 and third, 500 free, 6:10.02; Matheson, third, 200 IM, 2:32.52; Kaeli Wayne, fifth, 200 IM, 2:36.52 and second, 100 back, 1:10.65; Vanderploeg, third, 50 free, 27.68 and fourth, 500 free, 6:15.06; Walters, fourth, 50 free, 28.42 and second, 100 free, 1:00.62; ; Kassi Gaul, third, diving, 164.5; Danielle Olson, fifth, diving, 103.7; Nelson, third, 100 butterfly, 1:11.54 and fifth, 100 back, 1:14.07; Elwood, fourth, 100 butterfly, 1:12.24 and third, 100 back, 1:10.96; Korbin Wayne, fifth, 100 free, 1:06.1; Horejsi, third, 100 breast, 1:17.32; McGill, fourth, 100 breast, 1:19.18.

The Albert Lea junior varsity won 87-66. Firsts for the Tigers: Brianna Gold, 200 IM; Heather Carlson, 100 butterfly; Carly Schmitz, 100 free and 100 breast; Emily Klick, 500 free; the 200 medley relay team of Anna Sturtz, Schmitz, Jillian Walechka and Nicole Larson; and the 400 free relay team of Trisha Reindl, Sturtz, Walechka and Mallory Carstens.

The Tigers, 3-5-1 in dual meets, host Rochester John Marshall Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the ALHS pool.