Kennedy hosts annual Eagles Invite swim meet

Jason Olson
Sports Editor


Kennedy girls swimming and diving had a busy opening weekend at the pool at Oak Grove Middle School with the first duel meet of the season on Friday followed by the Eagles Invite on Saturday.

Kennedy assistant coach Cheryl Tucker said, “the girls stepped up to the plate for both meets. These were our first two meets of the season so we saw good races and growth for our team. This team is competitive and eager to work hard for faster times.”

Kennedy downed Eau Claire North (Wisconsin) 96-87 on Friday night winning nine events including the opening event, the 200-meter Medley Relay with the foursome of senior Katie Dums, junior Kaelin Vermilyea, junior Libby Taffe and freshman Hannah Peterson in a time of one minute, 58.35 seconds.

The 400 free relay team of Vermilyea, Warden, Peterson and Dums won the event in 4:23.40.

Dums edged Taffe for the 50 free title in 29.19 and 29.68 seconds, respectively. Dums also won the 100 back in 1:14.58 and senior Madeline Wuest won the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.26.

Peterson won the 200 I.M. in 2:38.63 with eighth grade teammate Libby Lozinsky second place in 2:46.46. Peterson also won the 500 free in 6:05.69 with freshman Natalie Manro third place in 6:43.88.

Taffe led a trio of Eagles in th 100 free with a winning time of 1:07.05 followed by Vermilyea in 1:07.26 and Warden in 1:07.69.

Eighth grader Natalie Manroe won the 200 free in 2:30.21 ahead of Vermilyea’s runner-up time of 2:32.20.

Junior diver Gabrielle Nestaval finished third with 120.40 points.

Farmington won the Eagles Invitational on Saturday with 1,039 points. New Pragie and Red Wing were next with 446 and 411 points, respectively. Eau Claire North scored 214 points and Kennedy was fifth with 206 points.

Peterson was fifth in the 500 free, lowering her time from Friday by nearly three seconds in a time of 6:02.76.

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