The Austin Packers girls swimming and diving team took to the road to Mankato Saturday to compete in the 7-team East Girls Tim Johnson Cougar Relays, and it was Mankato West taking first place with 175 points, just edging out the host East Cougars, who finished in second with 172 points, followed by St. Peter in third with 160 points, then came the Packers in fourth close behind with 158 points. Owatonna was fifth with 134 points, followed by Faribault in sixth with 114 points, and Tri-City United was seventh with 109 points.
The divers for Austin continued a strong season Saturday by taking first in the 1-meter diving relay with a final score of 541.50, and the Packers’ 200 medley relay team of Gracie Greenman, Kaylee Butts, Olivia Walsh and Alivia Hemry were second on Saturday with a time of 2:01.75 seconds. Austin’s 3 x 200 freestyle relay team of Abby Boysen, Anna Kossman and Sydney Tobak were third with a time of 6:57.80, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Olivia Walsh, Abbie Boysen, Kaylie Butts and Alivia Hemry were second, just .12 seconds behind 1st place Mankato West with a time of 1:45.83.
In the 850 Crescendo relay Saturday, Austin’s entry of Addison Tobak, Olivia Walsh, Alivia Hemry and Gracie Greenman were third with a time of 9:47.26, and the team of Kaylee Butts, Addison Tobak and Addison Walsh were third in the 3 x 100 breaststroke relay with a time of 4:11.69. Sophomore Alayna Kennedy was first for Austin in 1-meter diving with a score of 200.35, and teammates Rachel Englestad and Reese Norton were fifth and sixth, respectively, with scores of 172.50 and 166.85.
Austin returns to action Thursday night at home versus Red Wing in a Big 9 Conference dual, with the action scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.