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SWIMMING: Another record falls for BHS as McRae makes all-state to end at Class A state meet

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Bemidji High School swimming and diving team concluded its 2015 season in style Friday, setting yet another record and having senior Libby McRae earn all-state honors. The Lumberjacks finished in 20th place as a team in the Min...

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Bemidji High School swimming and diving team concluded its 2015 season in style Friday, setting yet another record and having senior Libby McRae earn all-state honors. The Lumberjacks finished in 20th place as a team in the Minnesota Class A state meet.
The 200 freestyle relay team of McRae, Paige Andersen, Mackenzie Ritchie and Morgan ended the season on a high note, breaking the school record set on Thursday to finish 11th overall. The team combined for a time of 1 minute, 40.88 seconds, well under the previous record of 1:41.18
And McRae finished in eighth place in the 500 freestyle to earn her second straight all-state award, ending with a time of 5:17.07. The time was a bit off her school record-breaking performance a day earlier.
“I knew I had to give it everything on Thursday in order to qualify for the championship final,” McRae said, “and that’s what I did. I just didn’t have a lot left for the final.”
Still, it was hard to be disappointed in a performance that ended with being one of the top performers in the state and a spot on the awards podium. The BHS senior captain also scored points in her second individual event, finishing 12th in the 200 IM with a personal best time of 2:15.27.
In the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay, the Lumberjacks ended in 16th place with a season-best time. The team of Andersen, Williams, McRae and Claudia Vincent posted a time of 3:43.66.
As a team, the Jacks ended the competition tied with rival Park Rapids for 20th place overall with 30 points in the 40-team field. Fellow Section 8 competitors also scored team points, with Detroit Lakes finishing 31st with seven points and Crookston ending 32nd with six.
Friday’s competition ended a banner year for the Lumberjacks, which saw the swimmers and divers capture their fifth straight Section 8A title and set school records in the 200 free relay and 500 freestyle, along a section record in the 500 freestyle.
The state meet also brought to a close the high school swim careers of seniors McRae, Williams, Ritchie and Anna Ingalls.

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