Home disadvantage plagues Tigers

Published 11:38 pm Thursday, October 6, 2011

Senior Galen Schulz comes from behind to win the 200-yard freestyle against Rochester Century. Schulz also won the 100 freestyle and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay. -- Garrett Wampler

There is no such thing as a home-pool advantage for the lady Tigers of Albert Lea.

Jon Schmitz’s squad dropped their fourth straight home meet of the season on Thursday with a 97-87 loss to Rochester Century.

Senior Galen Schulz and eighth-grader Lindsey Horesji led the Tigers (4-4, 3-4 Big Nine) with two individual wins a piece and a victory on the 200-yard freestyle relay.

“To beat this team it had to be a total team effort,” Schmitz said. “They’re so strong, they are going to finish 2-3-4 in everything. If we win an event and they finish 2-3-4, they outscore us 9-7.”

Schulz came from behind in the final 10 yards to win in the 200 freestyle. The senior leader propelled herself past Century’s Lexi Shin to win by .30 seconds with a time of 2:05.

Century (4-5, 2-1) was able to secure second through fourth in the event, giving them the point advantage.

“That was huge,” Schmitz said. “She did what she had to do. She didn’t win by much, but she did a great job coming from behind to win.”

Lindsey Horesji swims the backstroke leg of her winning 200-yard individual medley. Horesji also propelled to a victory in the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay. -- Garrett Wampler

Horesji backed up her senior counterpart with a victory in the 200 individual medley. The record holder outpaced the competition by more than two seconds, touching the wall in 2:16.42.

The eighth-grader returned in the 500 freestyle, covering the distance in 5:29.34, less than a second off of the team record in the event.

Schulz blew away the competition in the 100 freestyle. The Tigers’ leader sprinted the short distance in 56.40, Anna Anderson placed second in 58.19.

Horesji and Schulz were also victorious in the 200 freestyle relay. The duo teamed with Anderson and senior Morgan Field for the victory, touching the wall in 1:44.99.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of,” Schulz said. “The girls work so hard every day, and I’m amazed and happy to be on this team.

“What a way to spend my senior year.”

Karli Kriewall dropped her first dual meet diving competition of the year. The junior had a great showing finishing, just two points away from her record with a 222.00, but was unable to hold off Century’s Adrianna Jacobs with a 224.00.

Albert Lea was out in support of breast cancer awareness during the meet. Each swimmer wore a pink swim cap in support of the cause.

The Tigers look to extend their undefeated road record to five straight victories when they travel to Winona next Tuesday.

Rochester Century 97, Albert Lea 87

200-yard Medley Relay- 2. AL (Kemma Bergland, Morgan Field, Hannah Hertling, Lindsey Horesji) 1:59.52, 3. AL, 6. AL; 200 Free- 1. Galen Schulz 2:05.00, 5. Haley Simon 2:13.29, 6. Madeline Dahl 2:18.18; 200 I.M.- 1. Lindsey Horesji 2:16.42, 4. Morgan Field 2:29.55, 6. Bailey Sandon 2:32.65; 50 Free- 2. Anna Anderson 26.51, 4. Claire Nelson 27.69, 6. Carly Nelson 27.89; 1 mtr Diving- 2. Karli Kriewall 222.00, 4. Brianna See-Rockers 138.95, 5. Makenna Friehl 125.15; 100 Fly- 4. Carly Nelson 1:11.37, 5. Ahnika Jensen 1:13.84, 6. Hannah Hertling 1:15.02; 100 Free- Galen Schulz 56.40, 2. Anna Anderson 58.19, 4. Kemma Bergland 1:00.09. 500 Free- 1. Lindsey Horesji 5:29.34, 5. Haley Simon 5:56.69, 6. Madeline Dahl 6:10.42; 200 Free Relay- 1. AL (Galen Schulz, Morgan Field, Anna Anderson, Lindsey Horesji) 1:44.99, 3. AL 1:52.78, 6. AL 2:00.82; 100 Back- 4. Bailey Sandon 1:09.53, 5. Kemma Bergland 1:10.23, 6. Claire Nelson 1:13.57; 100 Breast- 3. Morgan Field 1:11.95, 4. Hannah Hertling 1:18.72, 5. Samantha Nielson 1:19.23; 400 Free Relay- 2. AL (Anna Anderson, Baily Sandon, Kemma Bergland, Galen Schulz) 3:58.01, 4. AL 4:18.18, 6. AL 4:32.05.