The Pirates edged out Thief River Falls by one point for silver.

    For the first time in 2018, the Crookston Pirates competed in their own pool at the Crookston Pirate Booster Invitational. Crookston swam against the likes of Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls and Warroad-Roseau-Greenbush-Middle River. The Lakers won the meet and the Pirates' team of seven scored enough to place second.

    "The quality is there," Head Coach Marley Melbye said. "DL brings a pretty solid roster. They've got quality and they've got depth. So they kind of helped because they took a lot of the points and so the rest were divvied up between the other three teams and we were getting that second and third place to edge us out."

    The 200 meter medley relay kicked off the race with the team of Thea Oman (Sr.), Madison Hoiland (Fr.), Elizabeth Erdman (Jr.) and Claire Oman (Fr.) taking third in 2:25.66. The same relay teamed up later in the meet to swim the 200 meter freestyle relay where they placed second at 2:07.83.

    The 200 meter relay earned the most praise from Melbye on the night.

    "I think our 200 freestyle relay really stands out," Melbye said. "After the first leg, we were in fifth or sixth and to finish second meant the girls really hammered down and swam hard."

    Thea Oman came right back for the second event, the 200 meter freestyle, and brought home another top-three finish placing second with a time of 2:25.55. Oman tried her hand at backstroke in the previous meet and continued it this time around as well. In a close battle for second and third, Oman prevailed with her time of 1:16.22 beating her opponent by less than a second.

    Oman served as the only senior for Crookston at the meet and Melbye liked what she saw from her eldest competitor.

    "Thea put up a great meet again in her 100 back and 200 freestyle," Melbye said. "She's looking so consistent and so flawless. Just going to fine-tune some things, but she's looking great at this stage of the season."

   Erdman added a second place finish to Crookston's resume after swimming a time of 1:22.47 in the 100 meter butterfly. In the 400 meter freestyle, Erdman swam another competitive race taking second in 5:34.61.

    "Elizabeth is fun to continue to watch," Melbye said. "She's had a rough couple years and so it's fun to see her getting back in her stride. Each meet is getting better."

    Other finishes included:

    Fallon Johnson (8th Grade) - 200 meter freestyle, eighth place, 2:49.38; 100 meter freestyle, seventh place, 1:19.55

    Claire Oman - 200 meter individual medley, eighth place, 3:23.94; 400 meter freestyle, seventh place, 6:11.53

    Madison Hoiland - 50 meter freestyle, fifth place, 31.52; 100 meter breaststroke, fourth place, 1:31.19

    Victoria Proulx (So.) - 50 meter freestyle, 10th place, 36.47; 100 meter freestyle, eighth place, 1:25.88

    Mackenzie Aamoth (8th Grade) - 100 meter butterfly, sixth place, 1:43.87; 100 meter backstroke, ninth place, 1:35.94

    "Victoria Proulx swam well in her 100 and 50 freestyle," Melbye said. "Those are events that she doesn't always get to swim. It was fun to see her do that."

    Not much time exists for the Pirates to rest. They will be off to UND on Saturday, September 15 for the University of North Dakota High School Meet. The competition begins at 9 a.m. in Grand Forks.

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