Tigers fall in first home meet of the season

Published 10:34 pm Thursday, September 13, 2018

Despite 4 first-place event finishes, Albert Lea can’t outswim Winona


The Albert Lea girls’ swim team had its first home meet of the season Thursday, hosting Winona.

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Despite strong performances from last year’s state qualifiers — sophomore Jaeda Koziolek and senior Emily Taylor — the Tigers came up short of the Winhawks, falling 95-77.

Albert Lea took first place in four events on the night. Taylor won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.15 and dominated the 100-yard breaststroke, beating her closest opponent by over seven seconds. Taylor’s final time was 1:13.27.

Koziolek brought in the other two wins for the Tigers, winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.79 and the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.71, more than six seconds faster than any opponent.

Albert Lea freshman Taya Jeffrey swims the opening leg of the 200-yard medley relay Thursday night. Jeffrey took second in the event, as well as the 400-yard freestyle relay. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Second-place finishers for the Tigers were the 200-yard medley relay, the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The team of Taylor, Koziolek, and freshmen Taya Jeffrey and Brooke Hanson finished the 200-yard medley with a time of 2:02.50, losing by less than one second to the first-place team. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, it was Taylor, junior Odelia Johnson, freshman Leah Rognes and eighth-grader Ava Troster taking home the second-place finish with a time of 1:57.39. In the final relay of the night, Hanson, Jeffrey, Rognes and Koziolek took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:16.69.

Rognes also got an individual third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, coming in with a time of 1:03.74. Hanson took third as an individual, as well, with a time of 28.66 in the 50-yard freestyle.

The Tigers fall to 0-5 on the season and will be back in the pool Thursday when they host the Raiders of Northfield.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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