BEMIDJI -- Sam Hendricks will make his third consecutive appearance in the Class A state boys swimming and diving meet Friday in Minneapolis. Swimming prelims are set to begin at noon at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
The senior is the lone Bemidji High School swimmer to qualify for this year’s state meet. He will race in the 500-yard freestyle after finishing second at last weekend’s Section 5A meet with a time of 5:03.10.
Long-distance races like the 500 free are right up his alley. Hendricks has qualified for state in the event each of the last three years.
“He’s got a really good motor,” BHS co-head coach Woody Leindecker said. “He’s not really built as a sprinter, but he’s got more of a long-twitch muscle fiber. He does very well at pacing himself, and over the years he just kind of found that as his niche.”
Hendricks will attempt to best his 12th-place finish of one year ago when he clocked a time of 5:02.81 in the finals. He placed 16th as a sophomore in the event two years with a finals time of 5:08.16.
“You can’t coach experience either and he definitely has that,” Leindecker said. “It’s not his first rodeo in this meet. That’ll really help him going in, too.”