The Crookston Pirate Girl’s swim team swam against the mixed teams of Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central at the Grand Forks Central pool.  Red River and Central practice and compete together, but they score as separate teams.

Crookston was without one of their top swimmers, Madison Hoiland who was attending a funeral, but still competed well against a strong Grand Forks squad.  Victoria Proulx and Claire Oman led the Pirates with two third-place finishes.  Proulx was third in the 50 freestyle and she was on the 200 Free Relay team.  “She was strong and has stepped up the past couple of weeks,” said Pirate Coach Marley Melbye. “For her to swim a 32 is about where she was at towards the end of the year last year in the 50 freestyle.  She swam great legs in the relay so I am really happy with how she is swimming so far this season. We expect a lot out of her and she is rising the occasion.”  Oman was third in the 100 breaststroke and she was also on the 200 Free Relay. “Claire is looking good and is really stepping up this season,” said Coach Melbye. “She got voted captain and she is taking the title and leadership role seriously and giving us everything she has in practice and in meets.”

Mackenzie Aamoth was able to cut times in her races. “She cut two to three seconds and that is what we like to see this early in the season,” said Coach Melbye. “She looks solid in between the flags and we will keep working on the starts and turns and she likes to work hard and learn.”

Naomi Olson was on a third place and fourth place relay team and turned in two individual fifth-place finishes after a strong meet for the second year swimmer. “Naomi is another one that is really stepping up this year,” said Coach Melbye. “For her to be on two “A” relays is a fantastic accomplishment for her.  She is really wanting to be good at that 200 freestyle and she is going to be a good mid-distance freestyle.”

Coach Melbye was happy with several other performances in the meet. “Chloe Boll tackled the 500 freestyle today and is taking on some big things,” said Melbye. “Elizabeth Helgeson continues to look better in her backstroke and it will be a strong swim for her and the rest of the girls did well too.  It was a good meet today.”

Crookston will be back in action on Thursday, September 17 when they host Roseau/Warroad at 5:30 p.m.  KROX will live video stream the meet on our website and Youtube.

Pirate (Top 4) Event Time Place
Victoria Proulx 50 Freestyle 32.24 3rd
Claire Oman 100 Breaststroke 1:37.61 3rd
Mackenzie Aamoth
Victoria Proulx
Claire Oman
Naomi Olson
200 Free relay 2:12.41 3rd
Claire Oman
Naomi Olson
Mackenzie Aamoth
Victoria Proulx
200 Med relay 2:31.33 4th
Mackenzie Aamoth 100 Butterfly 1:26.76 4th
Claire Oman 500 Freestyle 7:06.06 4th



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