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Irish girls' swimming and diving sends relay, two swimmers to state meet

The Irish 400 freestyle relay team of Taylor Barabash, Anna Wenman, Molly Urkiel and Grace Urkiel took second in the Section 3AA finals to qualify for the state tournament. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Junior Grace Urkiel took 4th in the 100 breaststroke. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Junior Molly Urkiel qualified for state in the 200 individual medley with Wenman, and then in the 100 breaststroke. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Senior Anna Wenman is going to state in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Senior Anna Wenman, junior Molly Urkiel and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Wenman, Molly Urkiel, Grace Urkiel and Taylor Barabash all qualified for the Class AA state meet for the Rosemount Irish girls' swimming and diving team. The team competed in the Section 3AA swimming and diving meet last Wednesday-Friday in Apple Valley where they had 14 entries in 11 events including diving. They will compete at the state meet, held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Nov. 14-16. The preliminaries are Thursday and the finals Friday.

Heading to state

Wenman and Molly Urkiel both qualified for state in the 200 individual medley. Molly Urkiel took second with a time of 2 minutes, 7.52 seconds, and Wenman took third with a time of 2:09.40 which qualified her via the time standard. Molly Urkiel was the section champion in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.52 and Wenman also qualified in the 100 butterfly with a second-place finish in 57.78. The two were also on the 400 freestyle relay team with Barabash and Grace Urkiel that took second with a time of 3:36.78.

Championship finals

Nine other Irish entries had the chance to qualify for state by swimming in the championship finals, with the top eight times from the preliminaries qualifying.

The 200 medley relay team of Kathleen Bartz, Grace Urkiel, Wenman and Nicholle Miller took fourth with a time of 1:50.53. Barabash took fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.06 and third in the 100 freestyle in 53.44, while Miller finished seventh in the 50 freestyle (25.60).

Bartz took seventh in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:29.67, Grace Urkiel finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.74 and the 200 freestyle relay team of Miller, Barabash, Balor O'Donnel and Grace Urkiel placed fifth (1:41.19).

Rosemount also had two representatives compete in the diving portion. Sophomore Holly Bernadin took sixth, just two spots out of qualifying for state, with a score of 305.70. Sophomore Claire Westman finished 13th with 262.80 points.

Consolation finals

Those who took ninth-16th in the preliminaries moved on to the consolation finals, which while they could not advance to state they could earn team points. The places referenced are their overall placement including those in the championship finals, so the winner of the consolation finals is listed as taking eighth.

Grace Urkiel took ninth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.15 and Katherine Jacobson finished 15th in 2:07.06, while O'Donnel placed ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:14.32). Skylar Newman took 16th in 50 freestyle with a time of 26.54, Sophia Wallberg finished 13th in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.87 and Miller placed ninth in the 100 freestyle (56.80).

Hayley Ringhand took 12th in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:38.84 and Calli Maskel finished 15th in 5:46.79. Bartz took 10th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.81 and Wallberg was right behind her in 11th in 1:03.94. In the 100 breaststroke, O'Donnel took 13th with a time of 1:12.57 and Kylie Driscoll was 15th in 1:13.43.

Other preliminary times

There were also swimmers who competed in the preliminaries but did not advance to the championship or consolation finals.

Kylie Estebo took 22nd in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:12.31, Driscoll was 18th in the 200 individual medley in 2:24.62 and in the 50 freestyle Andreea Moisei placed 26th (27.86) and Maggie Hinderaker 27th (27.97). Alana Ortiz took 19th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:07.55 and Courtney Casey was 27th in 1:10.94. Estebo also took 18th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.32 and Rachel Leholm finished 24th in 1:01.47, while in the 500 freestyle Jenna Salay placed 28th (6:13.10). Jacobson took 19th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:07.10 and Gray Berres was 21st in 1:07.67.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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