Tigers swim team grabs first win of the season

Published 9:42 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Albert Lea girls’ swim team dominated Tri-City United Tuesday night to pick up its first win of the season.

The Tigers picked up first-place finishes in a number of the races, and many young swimmers were able to gain some valuable experience through the meet.

To start the night, the team of freshmen Aliyah Studier and Brooke Hanson, junior Esperanza Johnson and senior Emily Taylor took first place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:15.60. The team of freshman Taya Jeffrey, seventh-grader Hatty Adams, and sophomores Ishika Jain and Jaeda Koziolek were right behind, taking second with a time of 2:16.99.

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Next up was the 200-yard freestyle, which saw sophomore Jaden Christensen and junior Odelia Jensen take first and second place, respectively, with times of 2:31.85 and 2:34.42. Koziolek finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:25.59 and Studier came in second with a time of 2:59.87.

Taylor continued her season dominance in the 50-yard freestyle by taking first place by over two seconds, and Hanson finished with a time of 28.53.

After the diving portion of the meet and a short break, the Tigers got right back to where they left off with a first-place finish from Jain in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:24.46. Jeffrey picked up her first individual first place of the night in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:03.40.

In the longest race of the meet — the 500-yard freestyle — Christensen notched another victory, finishing the race in 7:00.14. The Tigers then grabbed another relay win with the team of eighth-grader Ava Troster, Hanson, Studier and Taylor in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:55.02.

It was Koziolek’s turn to dominate next, winning the 100-yard backstroke by nearly 15 seconds with a time of 1:03.83.

Although the scores wouldn’t count for the rest of the meet, the Tigers continued to win each of the races to the end of the night. Taylor took first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.96, and the relay team of freshman Leah Rognes, Troster, Johnson and Jensen won the 400-yard freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 4:46.36.

The Tigers will be back in the pool Thursday when they host Rochester Mayo.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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