During a break in the action, the Pirates took time to recognize their two seniors, Thea Oman and Muira MacRae.

    For the first time in over a month, the Crookston Pirates competed in their home pool. This time, they hosted a quad welcoming Thief River Falls, Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River. The quadrangular served as three separate duals and the Pirates finished 0-3 on the day.

    The Crookston pool measures in meters rather than yards, the unit the team usually swims with, which meant individual times did not carry much weight. With this in mind, Head Coach Marley Melbye chose to focus more on fundamentals.

    “That is the hard part about this pool,” Melbye said. “Because it is meters, you can do rough estimates, but it doesn’t take into account how much more tired you are. Really, what you look at here is how the technique looks and how it compares to other meter times.”

    Two of Crookston’s three relays placed in the top three. The 200m medley relay of Thea Oman (Sr.), Madison Hoiland (Fr.), Elizabeth Erdman (Jr.) and Claire Oman (Fr.) led off the meet and took third with a time of 2:26.86. The same group switched order and placed third again in the 200m freestyle relay at 2:06.64.

    The Pirates sent out a third relay this time around and the 400m freestyle relay team of Fallon Johnson (8th Grade), Victoria Proulx (So.), Muira MacRae (Sr.) and MacKenzie Aamoth (8th Grade) finished in fifth doing so in 5:26.44.

    “[For] Muira MacRae, this is her first meet that she swam at [this season],” Melbye said. “I thought her swim in the 400 freestyle relay looked really great.”

    Individually, Crookston saw five top-three finishes. Two of them came from Thea Oman who won the 100m freestyle (1:04.90) and placed third in the 200m freestyle (2:22.65).

    Hoiland grabbed two runner-up finishes in the 50m freestyle (30.77) and 100m breaststroke (1:26.63) and Claire Oman rounded out the top-three showings taking third in the 200m IM (3:10.46).

    Claire Oman did not finish in the top three for her 400m freestyle race (10th), but her time of 6:34.93 earned her praise from Melbye.

    “One that really stuck out was Claire Oman in her 400 freestyle,” Melbye said. “She really held her own in that race and put up one of her best times of the year.”

Other Finishes

Fallon Johnson
200m freestyle
Eighth Place, 2:47.67
400m freestyle
Sixth Place, 5:55.94

MacKenzie Aamoth
200m IM
Fifth Place, 3:25.96
100m backstroke
Fifth Place, 1:27.87

Victoria Proulx
50m freestyle
10th Place, 36.41
100m butterfly
Fifth Place, 1:46.90

    “I think MacKenzie Aamoth looked really solid in her 100 backstroke,” Melbye said. “She had a really good tempo going, she had a good rolling from side to side and she looked really great today. Fallon Johnson looked good in her 200 freestyle.”

    During a break in the action, the Pirates took time to recognize their two seniors, Thea Oman and Muira MacRae.

    Melbye had not thought about their impending graduation, but admitted now that the season nears its end, the idea is becoming more real.

    “It’s always hard when kids are leaving the team,” Melbye said. “Thea and Muira bring a lot of spunk, a lot of life, a lot of real to our team. Those are going to be big shoes to fill. It does hit home, it does bring it all together that these guys are only going to wear the Pirate suit and cap for so much longer.”

    Crookston will host one more competition when Moorhead comes to town on Tuesday, October 23. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

    After the regular season finale, the Pirates will compete in the North Border Conference Meet on Friday, October 26 and the Section 8A Meet beginning on Friday, November 9.

    “We still have three or four weeks left before the end of our season,” Melbye said. “The girls are looking strong. They’re looking more comfortable in their races and they’ve been fine-tuning their races towards the end.”

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