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Flexibility with lineup helps Bemidji win its invitational

Bemidji swimming coaches Woody Leindecker and Kristen McRae congratulate Maris Jahner (left) and Danielle Hoven after they competed in the 200 breast stroke Saturday. PAT MILLER | BEMIDJI PIONEER

BEMIDJI – Flexibility within the lineup is among the strengths of Bemidji’s girls swimming and diving team and the ability to mix and match proved its worth again Saturday.

The Lumberjacks were missing veterans Lexie Hendricks and Elizabeth Bellefy because of injury during Saturday’s Bemidji Invitational. Despite their absence, however, Bemidji’s coaches shuffled the lineup and the result was first place in the 10-team field.

BHS finished with 447 points and Moorhead was a distant second with 380. Willmar claimed third with 342 while Hibbing was fourth with 304 and Grand Forks Central fifth with 272.

“The younger swimmers and divers performed well and added the depth that we needed,” said Bemidji head coach Woody Leindecker.

“This team is going to be very interesting the rest of the way. Every time out we find new lineup options and now we have many different ways to score points.”

Saturday’s meet began on a positive note for the Jacks as they claimed 27 points in diving. Kylei Grosfield, who competed in the state meet last fall, took first in the event with a score of 197.

The 200 medley relay unit of Erin Arndt, Danielle Hoven, Libby McRae and Steph Frey, duplicated that finish and Bemidji’s second relay team of Kayla Hewitt, Maris Jahner, Jamie Vanasse and Katie Krause captured 26 team points by placing sixth.

McRae’s sixth in the 200 free was Bemidji’s top effort and Arndt paced the Jacks in the 200 individual medley with a second-place showing.

Jahner was seventh in the 50 free while Arndt and McRae went 1-4 in the 100 fly.

Frey won the 100 free with a time of 55.58 and enjoyed a 3-second lead over her nearest rival. Hoven added a fourth in the event to send another 15 points Bemidji’s way.

Alyssa Wright and Vanasse finished 7-8 in the 500 free and the 300 free relay quartet of Arndt, Jahner, Hoven and Frey topped the field with a time of 1:45.69.

Maddie Knutson took seventh in the 100 back and Hoven paced the Jacks in the 100 breast stroke, capturing second.

BHS capped its meet with a fifth in the 400 free relay as Morgan Williams, Alyssa Wright, Vanasse and Kenzie Ritchie finished in 4:13.31.

Bemidji hopes to continue its winning ways Monday when it hosts Grand Rapids and Perham at 5 p.m.

Bemidji Invitational

Bemidji 447, Moorhead 380, Willmar 342, Hibbing 304, Grand Forks Central 272, Crookston 148, Detroit Lakes 133, Warroad 128, Mesabi East 90, Grand Forks Red River 81

200 medley relay: 1-Bemidji (Arndt, Hoven, McRae, Frey) 1:57.34. Other Bemidji: 6-Bemidji (Hewitt, Jahner, Vanasse, Krause) 2:09.62

200 free: 1-Svendson (GFC) 2:03.18. Bemidji’s results: 6-McRae 2:13.58; 9-Wright 2:15.80; 13-Williams 2:19.50

200 IM: 1-Brelie (GFC) 2:25.04. Bemidji’s results: 2-Arndt 2:26.50; 14-Hewitt 2:41.09; 16-Ritchie 2:41.85

50 free: 1-Frey (Bem) 25.33. Other Bemidji: 7-Jahner 27.91

Diving: 1-Grosfield (Bem) 197. Other Bemidji: 11-Hennum 132.60; 16-Sycks 104.80

100 fly: 1-Arndt (Bem) 1:05.62. Other Bemidji: 4-McRae 1:06.46; 8-Vanasse 1:10.33

100 free: 1-Frey (Bem) 55.58. Other Bemidji: 4-Hoven 59.32; 11-Ritchie 1:02.82

500 free: 1-Svendson (GFC) 5:26.38. Bemidji’s results: 7-Wright 6:04.25; 8-Vanasse 6:06.79

200 free relay: 1-Bemidji (Arndt, Jahner, Hoven, Frey) 1:45.69. Other Bemidji: 5-Bemidji (Krause, McRae, Knutson, Williams) 1:52.17

100 back: 1-Johnson (Moor) 1:06.52. Bemidji’s results: 7-Knutson 1:11.51; 10-Hewitt 1:13.90; Williams 1:15.62; 16-Ritchie 1:16.33

100 breast stroke: 1-Holwerda (Wil) 1:12.99. Bemidji’s results: 2-Hoven 1:13.83; 7-Jahner 1:20.38

400 free relay: 1-Moorhead 3:59.35. Bemidji’s results: 5-Bemidji (Williams, Wright, Vanasse, Ritchie) 4:13.31; 9-Bemidji (Hewitt, Kivi, Johnson, Hendricks) 4:25.55

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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