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Bemidji HS swimmers ninth at True Team state meet

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The young Bemidji High swim team gained valuable experience Saturday in its first trip in history to the True Team state meet.

Dropped from Class AA to A this year, Bemidji won the Section 8 title last week in its home pool and competed well at the state though taking ninth in an11-team field.

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Hutchinson, a winner of the Bemidji Invitational in its only appearances here, won the state with 1,948 points to 1,899.5 for Monticello. Breck School, Hill-Murray and Visitation Academy rounded out the top five.

Section7 champ Hibbing was eighth, topping Bemidji by 85 points. Bemidji scored 1209.5.

The meet was scored to 48 places with relays counting double.

Bemidji had several top ten finishes but none in the top five and too many in the lower 20 to be able to keep up.

But the lessons learned by the younger competitors should bear fruit in the coming three years as it seems likely to return again.

It debuted on a day when six meet records fell and several others were pressed.

Hutchinson took the medley relay where the top Bemidji team was 18.

It had a strong showing in the 200 free with Selina Gilbertson seventh and Katie Verchota 11.

But Alicia Papke-Larson in 19 was the only IM swimmer to crack the top 35.

Steph Frey tied for 12 in the 50 free, the only Bemidji swimmer in the top 32.

In diving, Jana Hedstrom was 10, Tayler Heinle 13 and Hailey Erickson 20 in a field of 35.

Bemidji had no finishers in the top 35 in the fly. But Gilbertson took 10 in the 100 free and Verchota was 11 in the 500.

The top 200 free relay finished eighth with Frey, Maris Jahner, Gilbertson and Verchota.

But no backstroker finished in the top 38 with Papke-Larson 16 in the breaststroke the only top 20 finisher.

Its A relay in the 400 was ninth with Frey, Laura Yourd, Verchota and Gilbertson.

Records fell in the IM, 50, diving, fly and 200 and 400 free relays.

Stephanie LeMire of Hill-Murray was the only double winner, taking the 100 and 200 freestyle.

Bemidji faces a different problem Thursday when it travels to Fosston to meet the Seals in their five lane pool.

That meet will be scored to only three places with Bemidji unable to use its big depth advantage

Still it should be a solid favorite. It returns home Oct. 27 to host Moorhead.

TRUE TEAM

STATE MEET

Class 2A

Team totals: Hutchinson 1948, Monticello 1899.5, Breck 1862, Hill-Murray 1802, Visitation 1722.5, Northfield 1712.5, Melrose 1656.5, Hibbing 1294, Bemidji 1209.5, St. Peter 1075.5, Marshall 1056

200 medley relay (1:53.08)_ 1. Hut (Kucera-Ford-Kumm-Billiet); 2. Mont; 3. H-M; 4. Nor; 5. Vis; 18. Bem-A (Hasson-Papke-Larson-Frey-Jahner); 28. Bem-B (Hedges-Timms-Vanasse-Krause); 36. Bem-C (Heinle-Erickson-Sweep-McLean); 39. Bem-D (Anderson-Carlson-Smith-Loisel)

200 f.s. (1:55.90) 1. LeMire, H-M; 2. Oquist. Mont; 3. Drazkowski, Mont; 4. Janak, Nor; 5. Lindquist, Mont; 7. Gilbertson, Bem;11. Verchota, Bem; 31. Hendricks, Bem; 41. Lawrence, Bem.

200 IM (2:07.27) 1. T. Foster, Brk; 2. Kumm, Hut; 3. Erdman. Brk; 4. M. Foster, Vis; 5. Gaylord, Vis. 19. Papke-Larson, Bem; 35. Hasson. Bem; 39. McLean, Bem; 42, Sweep, Bem. (meet record)

50 f.s. (23.81) 1. Paulson, Mont; 2. Yuch, Brk; 3. Kamm, SP; 4 Kucera, Hut; 5. Beste, Mel; 12.(tie) Frey, Bem; 33. Jahner, Bem; 36. Sharpe, Bem. (meet record)

Diving (318.35) 1. Magnuson, Vis; 2. Kingston, Mel; 3. Howell, Nor; 4. Lager, SP; 5. Kiefer, Nor; 10. Hedstrom Bem; 13. Heinle, Bem; 20. Erickson, Bem; 30. Maxwell, Bem. (meet record)

100 fly (57.56) 1. Kumm, Hut; 2. Paulson, Mont; 3. Holker, Brk; 4. DeMeules, Vis; 5. Anderson, Nor; 36. Jahner, Bem; 38, Lawrence, Bem; 39. Sweep, Bem (meet record)

100 f.s. (53.53) 1. LeMire, H-M; 2. Yuch, Brk; 3. Kamm, SP; 4. Beste, Mel; 5. Caron, Mar; 10. Gilbertson, Bem; 26. Yourd, Bem; 30. Sharpe, Bem; 41. Krause, Bem.

500 f.s. (5:17.81) 1. Jones, Nor; 2. Drazkowski, Mont; 3. Holker, Brk; 4. Vermeire, Mar; 5. Meyer, Brk; 11. Verchota, Bem; 22. Hendricks, Bem; 34. Scholl, Bem; 41. Olson, Bem.

200 f.s. relay (1:43.40) 1. Vis (George-Gaylord-Hostetler-O'Brien); 2. Hut; 3. Mar; 4. Mont; 5. SP; 8. Bem (Frey-Jahner-Gilbertson-Verchota); 18. Bem-B (Sharpe-Krause-Heinle-Yourd); 40. Bem-C (Scholl-Vanasse- Loisel-Milne); 41. Bem-D (Anderson-Carlson-Sycks-Fleahman

100 back (57.72) 1. Oquist, Mont; 2. Foster, Brk; 3. Kucera, Hut; 4. Lager, SP; 5. Jones, Nor; 35. Hasson, Bem; 36. Hedges, Bem; 42. Anderson, Bem; 43, Olson, Bem; (meet record)

100 breast (1:09.69) 1. Lee, H-M; 2. Gaylord, Vis; 3. Brown, Vis; 4. Rudberg, Hib; 5. Ford, Hut; 16. Papke-Larson, Bem; 23. Timms, Bem; 30. McLean, Bem; 43. Milne, Bem.

400 f.s .relay (3:41.34) 1. Mont (Paulson-Ruff-Drazkowski-Oquist); 2. Hut; 3. Nor; 4.Brk; 5. Vis; 9. Bem-A (Frey-Yourd-Verchota-Gilbertson); 19. Bem-B (Lawrence-Sharpe-Papke-Larson-Scholl); 35. Bem-C (Hendricks-Hedges Sweep-Olson); 40.

Bem-D (Smith-Loisel-Sycks-Fleahman) (meet record)

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