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Bemidji HS boys swimming: Great start to state for Lumberjacks

Bemidji senior Paul Voss competes at the state tournament Friday in Minneapolis. Forum Communications Co. Photo/Tom Carothers, So. Washington County Bulletin

The goal is in sight for the Bemidji High swim team after a fantastic opening day at the state meet.

Bemidji advanced five of its six individual entrants for today's finals with the sixth in action in the consolation finals.

Both relay teams made the top three.

By only maintaining their preliminary positions, Bemidji would end with 148 points, well above their previous high of 99 set in 1999.

"We swam great all day," said Coach Woody Leindecker. "And I think we can do even better tomorrow with today's focus mainly to gain the top eight. I predict a top ten finish and maybe higher."

Dylan Hoven led the pack in the 50 free in 21.33 breaking his own school record of 21.66. It earned All-American consideration.

Mark Wilcox paced the field in the 100 at 46.13 snapping Dale Brown's long standing school record of 47.1.

That mark was an All-American standard.

Hoven finished eighth, gaining the final spot in the finals, clocked at 48.48.

In the 200 free, Wilcox took fifth at 1:46.12 with Paul Voss 11 in 1:48;65.

Voss was eighth in the 500 with a time of 4:59.86.

The 200 free relay team of Hoven, Adam Falk, Voss and Wilcox finished third in 1:28.78 while the 400 relay of Falk, Hoven, Voss and Wilcox was second in 3:15.96, both close to school records.

Of the four swimmers, only Wilcox and Voss will graduate this year.