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East RIdge girls swimming & diving: East Ridge takes eighth at first True Team meet

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Wild-card entry East Ridge placed eighth in its first-ever appearance at the State Class AA True Team girls swimming and diving meet on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

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The Raptors, who finished second in the section True Team meet a week earlier, recorded 1,164.5 points in its first team trip to a state meet.

East Ridge saw its greatest success of its state experience in diving as sophomore Jenna Karrow placed first off the 1-meter board with a score of 418.70 points, with senior Bailee Meyer taking sixth with a 358.55.

In the pool, East Ridge's Alyssa Kong and Meredith Ubel each took eighth in a pair of their respective swims -- Ubel in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.02 seconds, Kong in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.83.

Kong also placed 12th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:51. Freshman Taylor Johnson placed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:11.40, after finishing 12th in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:17.33.

The Raptors' top relay placement came in the 200-yard freestyle as the East Ridge quartet of junior Melanie Rabino, Kong, Johnson and Ubel placed eighth in 1:42.39.

Previous to its turn at True Team, East Ridge topped White Bear Lake, 100-78, in a Suburban East Conference dual meet on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

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