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Bemidji swimmer Hemp qualifies for state

Tyler Hemp was sixth in the 100 breast stroke during Saturday's Section 3A finals but his time of 1:04.51 bettered the state standard and Hemp will represent the Bemidji boys swimmers and divers at next week's state meet.

Tyler Hemp was sixth in the 100 breast stroke during Saturday's Section 3A finals but his time of 1:04.51 bettered the state standard and Hemp will represent the Bemidji boys swimmers and divers at next week's state meet.

The Jacks also came close to sending their medley relay team to state and the foursome of Nate Gubbels, Hemp, Matt Arndt and Nick Gubbels finished in 1:46.64, a time that was only 0.16 seconds off the state standard.

In Saturday's finals the medley relay team placed sixth.

Also finishing in the top eight for Bemidji Saturday were Hemp who was fifth in the 200 free (1:54.26), Nick Gubbels who was seventh in the 50 free (23:50), Eli Wright who was seventh in the 500 free (5:17.52) and the 400 free relay unit of Nick Gubbels, Wright, Nate Gubbels and Hemp which was seventh (3:36.33).

Placing in Saturday's consolation heat were divers Sam Howard who was 11th (271.05) and Gunnar Nelson who was 13th (249.85), Wright who was 15th in the 200 free (1:59.09), Nick Gubbels who was 12th in the 100 free (52.53), Pat Voss who was 15th in the 500 free (5:39.85), Nate Gubbels who was 15th in the 100 back (1:04.44), Arndt who was 11th in the 100 breast stroke (1:06.27) plus the 200 free relay squad of Wyatt Yartz, Arndt, Voss and Wright which was 13th (1:42.10).

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Bemidji coach Ryan Ohnstad was honored as the section's diving Coach of the Year.

As a team the Lumberjacks placed ninth in the 14-team field with 136 points. Fergus Falls was the team champion with 344 and was followed by Detroit Lakes with 258, Alexandria with 255, Willmar with 239, Montevideo with 223, Dassel-Cokato with 166, Hutchinson with 165, Park Rapids with 141, Bemidji, Melrose with 126, Perham with 94, Rocori with 56, Thief River Falls with 48 and Morris with 22.

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