Tigers fall to Saints in first home meet

Published 9:17 pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Albert Lea girls’ swim and dive team hosted St. Peter Tuesday night in its first home meet of the 2019 season.

Despite standout performances from junior Jaeda Koziolek and sophomore Taya Jeffrey, the Tigers came up short, falling to the Saints 94-80.

Koziolek took three first-place finishes and a second-place finish. Koziolek won the 200-meter individual medley (2:20.14), the 100-meter butterfly (1:02.85) and was a member of the 400-meter relay team (4:14.07), along with Jeffrey and sophomores Brooke Hanson and Leah Rognes. Koziolek’s second-place finish came in the 200-meter medley relay (2:05.21) along with Hanson, Jeffrey and eighth grader Emery Brouwers.

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Jeffrey also came away with two individual second-place finishes in the 100-meter freestyle (1:01.15) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:13.63).

Albert Lea junior Joeda Kozilek swims the backstroke in the 200-meter individual medley. Koziolek won the event by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 2:20.14. – Tyler Julson/Albert Lea Tribune

Rognes had two individual runner-up finishes as well, one in the 200-meter freestyle (2:22.97) and the other in the 500-meter freestyle (6:40.26).

For the first time in a number of years, the Tigers had a diver take part in competition with sophomore Jenna Steffl stepping onto the board. Steffl took second place with a final score of 144.70.

Other notable finishes came in the 200-meter relay, where the team of Rognes, Brouwers and sophomores Taylor Palmer and Aliyah Studier took second (1:57.49), and Hanson came in fourth in the 50-meter freestyle (28.49).

The Tigers fall to 0-2 with the loss, and will be back in the pool Thursday when they host the Huskies of Owatonna.


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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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