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Cards swim to state true team

The Alexandria boys’ swimming and diving team poses with its second-place trophy that the Cardinals won at the Discovery Middle School pool during the true team meet. (Contributed)

The Alexandria swimming and diving team will swim at the state true team Class A meet this Saturday after finishing second at the Section 5A event at the Discovery Middle School pool this past weekend.

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The Cardinals and Melrose-Sauk Centre were separated by just one point after the diving competition. The Fusion used the strength of their freestylers to pull away in the second half of the meet with a team total of 1,177 points, but Alexandria’s 1,088 points gave the Cardinals a second-place finish.

That was good enough for them to earn a wildcard position as this year’s state meet. Joining them from that category are teams from Austin, Mankato, Monticello, Northfield and Minneapolis-Simley. Section true team champions St. Thomas Academy, Breck-Blake, Sartell-St. Stephen, Spring Lake Park, Mesabi East and Melrose-Sauk Centre will also swim at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Saturday.

“The Redbirds had an awesome day with 15 top-eight finishes,” Alexandria head coach Mark Storhaug said.

Nick Chromey, Ben Tollefson, Mark Kallevig, Elliot Jacobson, D’Anthony Moorer and Max Jacobson each had two of those to lead the way. Kallevig had the top individual finish as the senior won the 100 butterfly in 58.59 seconds. He also took second in the 200 IM in a time of 2:11.73.

Max Jacobson added a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle (52.63). Tollefson was third in the 500 freestyle (5:41.10). Elliot Jacobson was second in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.75 and Chromey was right behind him in third in a time of 1:06.55. Alexandria’s top relay finish came in the 200-medley relay where Brandon McCormick, E. Jacobson, Kallevig and Brady Wolkow were second in a time of 1:47.59.

The Cardinals now have a busy week with a meet at Sartell scheduled for last night, Tuesday, before welcoming in Willmar for Parents’ and Alumni Night at DMS on Thursday night. They will then travel to Minneapolis where the state true team meet is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

SECTION 5A TRUE TEAM TEAM RESULTS – 1. Melrose-Sauk Centre – 1,177; 2. Alexandria – 1,088; 3. Fergus Falls – 983.5; 4. Detroit Lakes – 905; 5. Park Rapids – 880.5; 6. Bemidji – 749; 7. Morris Area – 173

ALEXANDRIA TOP-EIGHT FINISHES – 200 MEDLEY RELAY - McCormick, E. Jacobson, Kallevig, Wolkow – second place, 1:47.59; Josh Flatau, Chromey, Moorer, Connor Bowen – seventh place, 1:58.74

200 FREESTYLE – Chromey – sixth place, 2:04.22; Tollefson – seventh place, 2:04.72

200 IM – Kallevig – second place, 2:11.34; E. Jacobson – fifth place, 2:16.05; Moorer – seventh place, 2:18.65

50 FREESTYLE – M. Jacobson – fifth place, 23.72

DIVING – Wolkow – fifth place, 286.45 points

100 BUTTERFLY – Kallevig – first place, 58.59; Moorer – 1:03.01

100 FREESTYLE – M. Jacobson – third place, 52.63

500 FREESTYLE – Tollefson – third place, 5:41.10; Riley Maanum – seventh place, 5:52.60

200 FREESTYLE RELAY – E. Jacobson, Chromey, Wolkow, M. Jacobson – fifth place, 1:39.13; Moorer, Bowen, Luke Houska, Maanum – seventh place, 1:43.65

100 BACKSTROKE – McCormick – fifth place, 1:01.71

100 BREASTSTROKE – E. Jacobson – second place, 1:04.75; Chromey – third place, 1:06.55

400 FREESTYLE RELAY – Kallevig, Wolkow, McCormick, M. Jacobson – fourth place, 3:37.64

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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