DAYTON, Tenn. -- Bemidji State anglers Brian Linder and Nathan Thompson climbed 34 spots up the standings after day two of the 2019 Bassmaster College Series National Championship, finishing 21st overall.

The BSU team entered Friday in 55th place before hauling in five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce, to finish the tournament with 28 pounds, 12 ounces. That was good enough for a 21st-place finish at the 116-team tournament held on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn.

Only the top 12 teams, however, made the cut after Friday’s weigh-in to qualify for the third and final day of the tournament.

The top four of those dozen teams will advance to the Bassmaster College Classic Bracket event to be held later this month. They will compete individually in a head-to-head format for a berth in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic.

Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro of Bryan College, the tournament’s host school, preserved their lead Friday, catching five bass that weighed 19 pounds, 11 ounces. Their two-day total of 44 pounds, 4 ounces, gives them a 12-ounce lead heading into today’s final round.