Prowlers swim past Pirates in final 2018 home meet

by Scott DCamp
Sports Editor

Thief River Falls swam to a 96-68 win over Crookston Thursday, Sept. 27 in its final home meet of the 2018 season.

“It was senior night and all our seniors did a great job and got personal bests for the season,” said Head Coach Danielle Spiten. “Annika Dalager, Raegan Espe, and Jestina LeClaire went 1, 2, and 3 in the backstroke. The technique last night was the best we’ve seen all season. They are really starting to pull it all together and they are laser focused on sections.”

The Prowlers picked up race wins from Isabella Ek in the 500 yard freestyle race, Annika Dalager in the 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay team of Raegan Espe, Molly Halsa, Kendal Rantanen and Annika Dalager. Also contributing to the lopsided win was the fact that the Prowlers got both the runner-up and third place finishes in each the eight races it did not win.

Runner-up finishes were turned in by the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams, Alanah Mack in the 200 freestyle, Molly Halsa in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, Raegan Espe in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Maren Espe in the 100 breaststroke and Dalager in the 50 freestyle.

Thief River Falls 96, Crookston 68
200 Medley Relay – Winner: Crookston A 2:10.80; TRF places: TRF A (Jestina LeClaire, Kinsey Anderson, Molly Halsa, Alanah Mack) 2:17.24; 3. TRF B (Jaymin Klosterman, Maren Espe, Paige Greene, Isabella Ek) 2:22.11.
200 Freestyle – Winner: Elzabeth Erdman, Crookston, 2:19.27; TRF places: 2. Alanah Mack 2:23.26; 3. Isabella Ek 2:24.89; 5. Gweneth Ellingson 2:51.25.
200 IM – Winner: Madison Hoiland, Crookston, 2:39.74; TRF places: 2. Molly Halsa 2:45.89; 3. Paige Greene 2:46.03; 4. Maren Espe 2:57.25.
50 Freestyle – Winner: Thea Oman, Crookston, 25.78; TRF places: 2. Annika Dalager 26.30; 3. Kendal Rantanen 29.89; 4. Jestina LeClaire 30.70.
100 Butterfly – Winner: Elizabeth Erdman, Crookston, 1:12.83; TRF places: 2. Molly Halsa 1:13.87; 3. Paige Greene 1:25.16; 5. Olivia Schmidt 1:51.78.
100 Freestyle – Winner: Thea Oman, Crookston, 58.80; TRF places: 2. Raegan Espe 1:00.29; 3. Alanah Mack 1:04.96; 4. Kendal Rantanen 1:05.38.
500 Freestyle – Winner: Isabella Ek, Thief River Falls, 6:25.12; TRF places: 4. Gweneth Ellingson 7:04.96; 5. Chloe Lundeen 7:21.17.
200 Freestyle relay – Winner: Crookston A 1:53.77; TRF places: 2. TRF A (Raegan Espe, Alanah Mack, Kendal Rantanen, Annika Dalager) 1:53.82; 3. TRF B (Jestina LeClaire, Kinsey Anderson, Maren Espe, Brianna Berg) 2:01.98.
100 Backstroke – Winner: Annika Dalager, Thief River Falls, 1:09.56; TRF places: 2. Raegan Espe 1:10.55; 3. Jestina LeClaire 1:15.31.
100 Breastroke – Winner: Madison Hoiland, Crookston, 1:19.32; TRF places: 2. Maren Espe 1:25.53; 3. Dakota Klosterman 1:34.22.
400 Freestyle relay – Winner: TRF A (Raegan Espe, Molly Halsa, Kendal Rantanen, Annika Dalager) 4:23.77.
TRF JV winners – 200 Medley Relay – TRF A (Ava Budish, Dakota Klosterman, Tavia Foss, Gweneth Ellingson) 2:39.42; 200 Freestyle – Chloe Lundeen, 2:44.20; 200 IM – Dakota Klosterman 2:58.83; 50 Freestyle – Kinsey Anderson 28.82; 100 Freestyle – Gretta Grzadzielewski 1:20.79; 500 Freestyle – Olivia Schmidt 7:48; 200 Freestyle relay – TRF A (Breanna Lee, Chloe Lundeen, Olivia Schmidt, Gweneth Ellingson) 2:16.24; 100 Backstroke – Jaymin Klosterman 1:15.84; 100 Breastroke – Breanna Lee 1:40.03.