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SWIMMING: Seven swimmers, 3 relays advance to finals

ALEXANDRIA — The Bemidji swimmers advanced seven individuals and three relays into today’s Section 5A finals at the Alexandria High School pool. The top eight finishers in Friday’s preliminary races gained today’s finals. The ninth through 16th place swimmers advanced to today’s consolation heat.

Tyler Hemp paced the Lumberjacks as he won Friday’s preliminary heat in the 100 breast stroke (1:01.27) and was second in the 200 individual medley (2:08.74).

The Lumberjacks had a trio of fifth-place finishes in Friday’s preliminaries. Wyatt Yartz accomplished the feat in the 50 free (23.29), Thomas Mykleseth was fifth in the 500 free (5:27.34) and Nate Gubbels was fifth in the 100 back (59.47).

Gubbels also contributed a sixth in the 100 free (51.24) while Matt Arndt was seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.88).

BHS also advanced all three relay teams. The 200 medley relay quartet of Gubbels, Hemp, Arndt and Yartz placed third (1:44.13) as did the 400 free relay unit of Gubbels, Mykleseth, Yartz and Hemp (3:31.58).

The 200 free relay squad of Brandon Hilde, Max Fugli, Ryan Heisler and Mykleseth was sixth (1:40.78).

Qualifying for today’s consolation heats were Mykleseth and Lincoln Ryan in the 200 free, Grant Olson in the 200 IM, Nolan Hamilton in the 100 fly and Yartz in the 100 free.

Today’s section action also includes the preliminary and championship rounds of diving. Seeded first in the section, and in the state, is Bemidji diver Sam Howard. He will begin his quest for a trip to the state meet in today’s morning preliminary round.

Section 5A Swimming

Friday’s Preliminary Events

Bemidji’s Championship Qualifiers

200 medley relay: 3-Bemidji (Gubbels, Hemp, Arndt, Yartz) 1;44.13

200 IM: 2-Hemp 2:08.74

50 free: 5-Yartz 23.29

100 free: 6-Gubbels 51.24

500 free: 5-Mykleseth 5:27.34

200 free relay: 6-Bemidji (Hilde, Fugli, Heisler, Mykleseth) 1;40.78

100 back: 5-Gubbels 59.47

100 breast stroke: 1-Hemp 1:01.27; 7-Arndt 1:08.88

400 free relay: 3-Bemidji (Gubbels, Mykleseth, Yartz, Hemp) 3:31.58

Bemidji’s Consolation Qualifiers

200 free: 11-Mykleseth 2:00.06; 15-Ryan 2:04.21 200 IM: 16-Olson 2:29.13

100 fly: 12-Hamilton 1:05.94

100 free: 10-Yartz 51.92

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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