Thea Oman and Madison Hoiland swam season-bests and Mackenzie Aamoth set a new personal record.

    The Pirates competed in their largest meet of the season thus far when they squared off against seven other schools at the UND High School Meet. Crookston finished in eighth, but saw a number of their own set season and personal-best times.

    “The UND pool is a place that most of these girls are really comfortable,” Head Coach Marley Melbye said. “They have swam at many different Crocs meets which brings a comfort to them. The girls enjoyed swimming against a different group of athletes and there was a lot of swimmers and athletes that the girls didn’t know what to expect.”

    Thea Oman (Sr.), Madison Hoiland (Fr.) and Mackenzie Aamoth (8th Grade) all swam their fastest times of the season in their respective events.

    Oman’s accomplishment came in the 200 yard freestyle when she swam the race in 2:08.50 and placed seventh beating her previous best by over two seconds. Hoiland topped her 100 yard breaststroke time by one second posting a time of 1:21.02 and placing 10th. Aamoth swam 1:17.05 to shatter her 100 yard backstroke personal record time and place 14th.

    “The meet for the girls brought a great deal of personal best or season-best time, so the girls were able to channel their nerves into positive outcomes,” Melbye said. “The girls were able to rise to the tough set of competition and swim well.”

Other top 10 finishes

200 yard medley relay (Thea Oman, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman - Jr., Claire Oman - Fr.) - seventh place, 2:10.86
Elizabeth Erdman - 100 yard butterfly, ninth place, 1:13.22
Thea Oman - 100 yard freestyle, fourth place, 58.25
200 yard freestyle relay (Fallon Johnson - 8th Grade, Madison Hoiland, Elizabeth Erdman, Thea Oman) - eighth place, 1:55.97

    Crookston heads to Park Rapids on Tuesday, September 18 for a dual that starts at 5:30 p.m.

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