Tigers set numerous season-best times against Cougars

Published 5:51 pm Friday, October 9, 2020

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The Albert Lea girls’ swim and dive team swam against Mankato East Thursday afternoon in its final competition before the Big Nine Conference meet.

Several Tigers set new season-best times in the meet, however, the team still fell to the Cougars, 115-68.

Freshman Emery Brouwers had the most successful night in terms of setting new records. Brouwers swam her best times in the 100-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay. She came in third place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.67 and won the 400-yard freestyle relay, along with sophomore Leah Rognes, junior Taya Jeffrey and senior Jaeda Koziolek, with a time of 4:03.90. It was also the season-best time in the event for Rognes, Jeffrey and Koziolek.

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Brouwers also competed in the 200-yard individual medley for the first time this season, finishing in third place with a time of 2:41.81.

On top of her season best in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Jeffrey swam in the 500-yard freestyle for the first time this season, making it her ninth different event competed in this year. The only events Jeffrey has not competed in are the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke and the one-meter diving competition. She came in second place of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:28.73.

Junior Jenna Steffl, once again, won the diving competition with a new personal record of 199.7, over 30 points more than the runner-up.

Junior Ava Troster and freshman Hatty Adams also set new bests in the one-meter diving competition. Troster came in sixth with a score of 130.90 and Adams came in seventh with a score of 125.90.

Junior Taylor Palmer was the final Tiger to set a new personal record in the meet. Palmer swam a 6:39.91 in the 500-yard freestyle to take third in the race.

Other highlights included Koziolek winning the 200-yard freestlye with a time of 2:09.87 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.00.

The Tigers also had two second-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Tigers will swim virtually Tuesday in the Big Nine Conference meet.

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Tyler Julson covers sports for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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