A few Pirates topped their own season-best times along with emerging victorious in their races.
Crookston officially began the latter half of their season as they rolled into Thief River Falls for a dual. Although they lost 96-68, the Pirates placed first in eight different events while also breaking previously set season-best times.
“The team is gaining great momentum across the board,” Head Coach Marley Melbye said. “The times that the girls are swimming are faster than they were at this point last year in the season, which is promising for the end of the season when our training and taper is complete.”
The Pirates continue to swim relays by community and won both the 200 yard medley and the 200 yard freestyle. Thea Oman (Sr.), Madison Hoiland (Fr.), Elizabeth Erdman (Jr.) and Claire Oman (Fr.) handled the medley placing first with a time of 2:10.80. Fallon Johnson (Eighth Grade) replaced Claire Oman in the freestyle and the squad broke the team’s best time of the season by .2 seconds at 1:53.77.
Also setting a personal season record, Hoiland’s time of 1:19.32 in the 100 yard breaststroke beat her best time by 1.7 seconds and awarded her first place as well. Hoiland broke her own season record again in the 200 yard individual medley with a first place finish at 2:39.74.
Erdman added two more golds to the team’s collection winning the 200 yard freestyle (2:19.27) and the 100 yard butterfly (1:12.83).
Thea Oman continued to perform in her senior year winning two more races: the 50 yard freestyle (25.78) and the 100 yard freestyle (58.80). The time in the 50 yard freestyle served as the lowest for Oman this season.
The Pirates saw two more top-three finishes in Johnson and Claire Oman. Johnson took second in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:44.10 and Oman came in behind her in third at 6:56.31.
200 Yard Freestyle
Fourth Place, 2:32.69
200 Yard IM
Fifth Place, 3:03.49
100 Yard Backstroke
Fourth Place, 1:18.48
50 Yard Freestyle
Fifth Place, 31.88
100 Yard Butterfly
Fourth Place, 1:33.43
100 Yard Freestyle
Fifth Place, 1:07.77
Now, the focus lies with preparing the swimmers for a postseason environment and Melbye hopes upcoming competitions will simulate a section meet.
“At this point of the season, the only meet we have had that provided us a section-like environment was the UND invite and the girls were able to channel their nervous energy for positive time cuts,” Melbye said. “In the near couple weeks, we will have multiple meets that will bring an environment and be able to better see what talent our section will bring with this weekend at the Fosston invite, true team and the conference meet.”
Crookston concludes a busy week with a day in Fosston for an invitational. The event starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 29.
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