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Bemidji swimming and diving: Grosfield in fifth place at state meet after diving preliminaries

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kylei Grosfield is in perfect position to make a run at a state Class A diving medal as the Bemidji High School freshman is in fifth place after Monday’s first two rounds of competition at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

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Grosfield advanced to Wednesday’s final three dives and if she can finish in the top eight she will earn a medal.

Leading the field after Monday’s eight preliminary dives is Bailey DuPay of Northfield with 277.65 points. A distant second is Lauren Hake of Faribault with 234.65 while Grosfield is fifth with 227.15.

DuPay seems destined to win the championship but the next four divers are bunched and could easily swap positions on Wednesday.

“Kylei is only seven points out of second place and seven points is negligible,” said BHS diving coach Ryan Ohnstad. “She could make up that difference in one dive.”

Monday’s format featured two rounds of preliminaries. Each of the 32 athletes did a five-dive routine and the top 20 advanced to the second round. Grosfield was fourth after the first round and maintained her top-five position after the second round of five dives.

“Outside of a couple of dives Kylei was consistent,” Ohnstad said.

Grosfield is making her third consecutive trip to the state diving meet and in her previous two appearances she failed to make it to the third round.

“The experience of being at state before is helping her this year,” Ohnstad said. “She is diving with more confidence. On Monday she hit her first dive, but had a little trouble with her second and third dives. But all of her other five dives were very strong. After the little bump she just continued to grow in confidence and Kylie worked her way through the problems.

“The goal for Wednesday is to at least maintain our position and see if we can move up, perhaps all the way to second,” Ohnstad said. “But if Kylei can finish in the top eight as a freshman, it would be a fantastic state meet.”

The Lumberjacks will have four swimmers competing in today’s Class A state preliminaries. The group includes Danielle Hoven, Erin Arndt, Libby McRae and Morgan Williams.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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