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Alex swimming and diving: Alexandria sinks Willmar

Kris Aaseng had to share a first place finish in the 200 free, but came back to win the 500 free as the Cardinal boys' swimming and diving team sank Willmar 104-80 Thursday night.

"Kris Aaseng shared a first, going stroke-for-stroke in the 200 free with Willmar's Michael McLain," said head coach Mark Storhaug of the pair's 1:52.01 finish, "but later won the 500 free outright [in 5:07.85].

"After a second place finish in the evening's opener, the 200 medley relay, Aaseng's tie in the 200 free and a 15-15 team score, [it] seemed to signify that this contest might be closer than Alexandria expected.

"The IMers and the 50 yard freestylers greatly helped the cause with 1-3-4 and 1-3-5 finishes, respectively, to put some distance between us and Willmar," Storhaug continued, "but with only one diver along, and a 2-3 finish in the fly, Alex saw a 10-point lead shrink to just two points at the halfway point.

"A 1-2-5 finish in the 500 free, followed by a win in the 200 free relay, gave us some much needed breathing room, and an 18-point edge with three events to go."

Alexandria finished 1-3-4 in the backstroke and 1-3-5 in the breaststroke to put the meet away.

Mark Kallevig helped Alexandria to that win with a first place finish in the 200 IM in 2:14.25, while Eric Moe won the 50 free in 23.63. Zac Bartolomeo was a winner in the 100 back in 1:00.91 and Elliot Jacobson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.64.

The Cardinals also got a first from Moe, Kyle Blank, Max Jacobson and Aaseng in the 200 free relay.

Aaron Pietrowski set two season bests, as did Kallevig, and Jake Strand dropped more than a second in the 100 free.

The Cardinals competed in the Section 5A True Team meet Saturday, and will now host St. Cloud Apollo tomorrow, Thursday.

ALEXANDRIA 104,

WILLMAR 80

200 MEDLEY RELAY- 1. Willmar 1:47.65, 2. Alexandria (Zac Bartolomeo, Elliot Jacobson, Mark Kallevig, Max Jacobson) 1:47.81, 3. Alexandria (Jake Strand, Kyle Blank, Sean Norheim, Gage Winger) 1:56.71.

200 FREE - 1. (tie) Kris Aaseng, Alex, and Michael McLain, Wil, 1:52.01, 3. Aaron Pietrowski, Alex, 2:01.34, 5. Ben Tollefson, Alex, 2:10.80.

200 IM - 1. Mark Kallevig, Alex, 2:14.25, 3. Zac Bartolomeo, Alex, 2:20.67, 4. Elliot Jacobson, Alex, 2:22.30.

50 FREE - 1. Eric Moe, Alex, 23.63, 3. Kyle Blank, Alex, 24.75, 5. Sean Norheim, Alex, 24.91.

DIVING - 1. Kristof Jensen, Wil, 131.70, 2. Jimmy Pfeffer, Alex 116.50.

100 FLY - 1. Trent Flegel, Wil, 59.18, 2. Mark Kallevig, Alex, 59.42, 3. Sean Norheim, Alex, 1:08.26.

100 FREE - 1. Michael McLain, Wil, 51.00, 2. Eric Moe, Alex, 51.76, 3. Max Jacobson, Alex, 53.24, 4. Jake Strand, Alex, 55.56.

500 FREE - 1. Kris Aaseng, Alex, 5:07.85, 2. Aaron Pietrowski, Alex, 5:21.50, 5. Kyle Pietrowski, Alex, 5:41.51.

200 FREE RELAY - 1. Alexandria (Eric Moe, Kyle Blank, Max Jacobson, Kris Aaseng) 1:35.75, 3. Alexandria (Elliot Jacobson, Gage Winger, Jordan Wallin, Sean Norheim) 1:42.04.

100 BACK - 1. Zac Bartolomeo, Alex, 1:00.91, 3. Jake Strand, Alex, 1:06.33, 4. Brandon McCormick, Alex, 1:07.88.

100 BREAST - 1. Elliot Jacobson, Alex, 1:07.64, 3. Kyle Blank, Alex, 1:12.66, 5. Gage Winger, Alex, 1:19.88.

400 FREE RELAY - 1. Willmar 3:30.21, 2. Alexandria (Eric Moe, Mark Kallevig, Max Jacobson, Kris Aaseng) 3:31.31, 3. Alexandria (Jordan Wallin, Ben Tollefson, Aaron Pietrowski, Jake Strand) 3:52.06, 4. Alexandria (Brandon McCormick, Kyle Pietrowski, Riley Maanum, Zac Bartolomeo) 3:59.29.

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