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Bemidji swimmers do very well at state meet

MINNEAPOLIS – Only two swimmers can say that they won their final 500 free race this season and Bemidji’s Lexie Hendricks is one of them.

Hendricks was content to keep the leaders within sight through the first half of Saturday’s state consolation championship heat but the Lumberjack senior made her run in the final few laps and edged Madison Semler of Benilde-St. Margaret for the consolation title.

Her time of 5:17.88 bettered the school-record performance of 5:19.64 that Hendricks posted during Friday’s state preliminaries.

Teammate Steph Frey had another outstanding day at the state meet. The senior capped her career by placing second in the 200 individual medley and the 100 free.

In Saturday’s final event Bemidji’s 400 free relay team of Danielle Hoven, Frey, Maris Jahner and Erin Arndt held its own in the consolation final, finishing second in the heat to Marshall and 10th overall with a time of 3:42.83.

During Friday’s preliminaries the foursome set a BHS record at 3:42.60.

In Saturday’s championship 100 free Frey was swimming next to Viren Solveig of Grand Rapids. The two had locked horns numerous times during the past few seasons in a variety of events but Frey had never beaten Solveig in this race.

That trend continued Saturday as Solveig claimed the early lead and was barely able to maintain the cushion for four laps.

Solveig took the state title with a time of 51.32 while Frey finished in 51.81. That time bettered the school record that Frey had set on Friday night (52.32).

Frey also finished second in the 200 IM, beaten only by defending champion Ellen Bloom of Sartell.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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