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SWIMMING: Grosfield among favorites at state diving meet

BEMIDJI – Bemidji High School diver Kylei Grosfield captured the section 8A title over the weekend and today the eighth grader will make her second appearance at the state meet.

The Class A diving preliminaries begin at noon at the University of Minnesota pool and the top 16 finishers from the preliminary round advance to Saturday’s consolation and championship heats.

Today’s top eight finishers will dive in Saturday’s finals while the ninth through 16th divers will compete for consolation placement.

Last weekend Grosfield was named Section 8’s “Diver of the Year,” and her coach Ryan Ohnstad was named the section’s “Diving Coach of the Year.”

BHS head coach Woody Leindecker also was named the section’s “Coach of the Year” and Steph Frey was named the section’s “Swimmer of the Year.”

Based on the eight Class A section meet results, Grosfield ranks eighth in the state’s diving seeding. But rankings, especially in diving, mean little as each judge can perceive a dive differently.

Ohnstad has been impressed by Grosfield’s continued improvement this fall and he believes that the Lumberjack can be among the leaders at the state.

“Last year Kylei was 17th, just out of the championship and consolation round,” Ohnstad said. “She struggled on her final dive and part of the reason for that was her inexperience.

“But now she has another year under her belt and another year of seeing the other divers,” Ohnstad continued. “Each time Kylei has competed in an 11-dive event she has improved her score and if that continues at state I think she can finish in the top five.”

During the Section 8A meet Kyley Foster of Detroit Lakes trailed Grosfield. At last year’s state competition, Foster finished third at state.

“Kylei has gotten significantly better since last year and it is going to be fun to see how she does at state,” Ohnstad said.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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