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Frey sets records as Jacks swimmers, divers finish second at True Team

Steph Frey set three school records to power the Bemidji swimming and diving team to second place at the Section 8A True Team meet Friday at UND.

Park Rapids captured the team title with 1,167 points while the Lumberjacks finished second with 1,161.

Completing the team scores were Warroad with 940, Perham with 797, Fosston-Bagley with 734, Thief River Falls with 653 and Crookston with 447.

The meet went down to the final event which saw Bemidji capture the 400 free relay in a time of 3:52.24 and Park Rapids finish second. The Jacks also were sixth, 11th and 14th while the Panthers were eighth, 12th and 18th. In the True Team format points are awarded throughout the lineup and Park Rapids finished with just enough to nip Bemidji.

Individually Frey won the 50 in a school-record time of 25.37 and she set another record when she won the 500 in 5:27.00.

She also set a record with her time in the 400 free relay where she teamed with Erin Arndt, Laura Yourd and Maris Jahner for a winning time of 3:52.24.

Jana Hedstrom also captured the diving with 329.75 points.

Contributing seconds were the 200 medley relay unit of Alicia Papke-Larson, Frey, Jahner and Danielle Hoven (2:01.42) and Lexie Hendricks in the 500 free (5:43.53).

Adding a third were the 200 free relay squad of Kenzie Timms, Hoven, Yourd and Arndt (1:49.0), Arndt in the 200 IM (2:29.50) and Jahner in the 100 free (59.50).

The curtain closed on the Bemidji High School tennis season about 10:30 p.m. Thursday as the doubles team of Cortne and Jessica Solberg concluded a long and exhausting week with a 6-4, 6-4 loss in the Section 8AA true second match.

The pair was within one victory of advancing to the state meet on two different occasions Thursday, but each time they suffered a 6-4, 6-4 loss.

The first opportunity was in the section championship game where they fell to Bo LaFountaine and Megan Schwegman of Apollo.

After that setback the Bemidji duo faced Mikinzee Salo and Kayla Kremer of Brainerd in the true second match and, once again, the Lumberjacks doubles team came up a little short.

The entire section tournament was held in Sartell and the Lumberjacks have been travelling back and forth from Bemidji to Sartell since last Saturday. According to many fans and coaches who monitored the section action, the travel and matches that began during the early morning and continued into the night eventually took their toll.

"Cortne and Jessica never said so but you could tell that they were exhausted," said BHS coach Mark Fodness. "We were down here all day Saturday and came back Tuesday where Jessica and Cortne played four sudden-death matches. They got home about 1 a.m. Wednesday, went to school and then Thursday morning we took off for another trip to Sartell where the girls played three more matches.

"It was evident that the freshest team and the team with the most energy on Thursday was LaFontaine and Schwegman from Apollo and they won the section. I don't think it's a coincidence that Apollo is about 10 minutes away from Sartell," Fodness added.

Despite the tiring schedule Cortne and Jessica never backed down and made their opponents work for every point, according to Fodness.

"The girls battled hard on every point and in every game," Fodness said. "After the grueling week and all of this travel I think many girls would have cashed it in but Cortne and Jessica didn't.

"They both had great seasons and Cortne (a senior) had a tremendous career," the coach added.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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