In a crowded meet, Crookston swimmers finished in the top half.

    Senior Thea Oman placed in the top 10 in four different events and the Crookston Pirates took third out of seven teams in their first action of the season.

    “The girls are looking strong and building their endurance nicely,” Head Coach Marley Melbye said. “I noticed when other people were starting to fade, the Pirates were finishing strong. As a team, we learned that we need to continue to improve on our wall. As a whole, we would lose ground during turns and starts.”

    With most events carrying north of 100 competitors, placing in the top 20 earned points for a team.

    Oman racked up the most Pirate points taking eighth in the 50 yard backstroke (32.27), third in the 50 yard breaststroke (35.02), fifth in the 50 yard freestyle (26.86), fourth in the 100 yard IM (1:08.29) and 11th in the 50 yard butterfly (30.63).

    “Thea is a very versatile swimmer and that showed through at the meet,” Melbye said. “She had a fantastic race in her 50 breaststroke putting up a great time and getting a new personal best, but also looked great in her other events.”

    Junior Elizabeth Erdman totaled three top-20 placings: 16th in the 50 yard butterfly (31.44), 14th in the 50 yard backstroke (33.61) and 15th in the 50 yard breaststroke (37.69).

    Freshman Madison Hoiland tallied seven points from her 14th-place finish in the 50 yard breaststroke (37.19).  

    Crookston will hit the road again and head to the Fosston-Bagley triangular on Thursday, August 30. The meet starts at 5 p.m.

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