Magic swim past Cambridge

The Magic 200-yard medley relay team got Monticello off to a good start last Thursday, winning the race by nearly six seconds.

The Magic 200-yard medley relay team got Monticello off to a good start last Thursday, winning the race by nearly six seconds

The Magic girls swimming and diving program beat Cambridge 95-81 last Thursday night, after controlling the  conference meet from start to finish.
Monticello was aided in the meet by their strong depth, allowing them not just to win races but to earn second and third places as well.
That was evident from the beginning when Anna Jensen, Amber Eckstein, Paige Anderson and Anna Macki helped bring home the 200-yard medley relay, defeating the second-place team by six seconds. That second-place team also happened to be from Monticello as Maree Smith, Courtney Skarie, Katie Parr and Steph VanBeek finished three seconds ahead of Cambridge’s top team.
From there, the wins and high finishes continued to piled up.
Kylie Gaeth won the 200-free, while her teammates Anna Jones and Samantha Murry went 2-3 behind her.

Taylor Boraas executes a clean entry into the water during her first dive last Thursday night.

Taylor Boraas executes a clean entry into the water during her first dive last Thursday night

Anderson and Emma Farnsworth went 1-2 in the 200 IM.
Jensen and Eckstein followed with more of the same in the 50-yard free, with Jensen winning with a time of 27.07.
By the time Breazy Ciatti scored 207.15 points to wrap up first place in diving, the Magic were in cruise control. They got remaining wins from Parr, Gaeth and Eckstein as they built their lead all the way up to 95-31, before finishing the last handful of swims as exhibitions.
Monticello hosts STMA in a big conference match tonight (Oct. 4) at 6 p.m. at the middle school.

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