Park Rapids won as a team and Crookston had multiple first place winners.
The Crookston Pirates performed well in a dual meet against Park Rapids in Crookston on Tuesday, September 19. The Pirates were outscored by Park Rapids as a team, but still had individuals earn medals despite a different lineup.
“I really think we swam really well together,” Senior Merran Dingmann said. “We changed up our lineup a little so it was fun to see people swimming new events and succeeding at them.”
In the first varsity event of the evening, the Pirates had two relay teams competing in the 200 meter medley relay.
The combination of Merran Dingmann, Elizabeth Erdman, Kate MacGregor and Thea Oman placed second with a time of 2:16.77.
The second Pirate team in the relay was comprised of Muira MacRae, Makenna Hall, MacKenzie Aamoth and Sarah Ryan. That group finished in fourth at 2:43.74.
Dingmann and Ryan next competed in the 200 meter freestyle. Dingmann won the event in 2:29.48 and Ryan placed fourth with a time of 2:49.67.
The Pirates had another first place finisher in Thea Oman who won the 200 meter individual medley in 2:50.52. Aamoth and MacRae finished out the field with times of 3:25.73 and 3:46.67 respectively.
MacGregor won her first of two events in the 50 meter freestyle just edging out the second place finisher by .14 seconds. Hall also competed in the event an finished in 35.75.
MacGregor placed first again in the 100 meter butterfly and finished in 1:14.31 this time winning by about two seconds. Ryan and MacRae also swam in the event doing so in 1:44.19 and 1:55.25.
Erdman, Claire Oman and Victoria Proulx competed in the 100 meter freestyle with Erdman leading the Crookston field and placing second overall in 1:09.58. Oman’s and Proulx’s times were 1:20.07 and 1:24.71 respectively.
Erdman took second again in the 400 meter freestyle only finishing six seconds behind first with a time of 5:28.32. Aamoth placed fourth in the event.
For the 200 meter freestyle relay, the Pirates used the team of Aamoth, Ryan, MacRae and Claire Oman. The group took second in 2:25.17.
Dingmann won her second race of the evening in the 100 meter backstroke by nearly six seconds. Proulx, Hall, Claire Oman and Fallon Johnson also competed in the event.
For the last event, the 400 meter freestyle relay, the Crookston relay team of Erdman, Dingmann, Thea Oman and MacGregor won their second event by about 18 seconds. Another Pirate team of Johnson, Proulx, Hall and Claire Oman finished fourth in the event.
Usually Dingmann swims first in this relay, but she said she had no problems being moved back a leg.
“I think my strong point was probably in the 400 freestyle relay,” Dingmann said. “I went second today instead of first and I think it was stronger than it’s been in the past.”
The Pirates will next swim at the Bemidji Invitational on Saturday, September 23 starting at 1 p.m.