The RHS Cheer Team competed in the Great Minnesota Cheer-Off on Saturday at Kasson-Mantorville High School. The Cheer-Off is an annual competition hosted by the Minnesota Cheerleading Coaches Association and is designed to showcase the skills and talents used by sideline cheer teams. This year the RHS team took home a third place finish in the game situation chant category by edging out STMA in a tie-breaker. This category is the most nerve-racking for teams as the captains are asked to pull a “game situation” out of a hat and to then call and execute the most appropriate response. The team did a great job representing the Royals! Congrats!
Overall, the Royals took first in half the varsity events on the night, and were once again highlighted by their Big 4 – Amber Secrist, Andie Timpe, Beth Kelzer, and Abbi Northuis. They started things off with the first race of the night, taking first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.22.
Timpe, Northuis and Kelzer then teamed up with Lauren Tate later in the meet to take first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.28.
Timpe would also take second in the 200-yard free style with a time of 2:00.69, and first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.45; Secrist would take second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.80) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.89); Kelzer took first in the 50-yard freestyle (25.08) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.75), and was followed by Northuis who took second in the 50 with a 26.88, and third in the 100 with a 58.64.
Kenzie Otkin also put in a good day at the pool, taking third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:15.11), and second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:59.66); Tate finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:06.96; Kayli Huber took second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1:18.37; and Hannah Finstad, who took first in diving with a 218.20.
The meet was then capped off by the 400-yard freestyle relay, where the Royals team of Otkin, Payton Scott, Maya Adler, and Secrist finished in second with a time of 4:14.77.
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