State swimming: Cards fall in prelims, Gators' Opdahl fifth in two events
The Cardinal girls' 200 medley relay team didn't make the cut for the finals as they finished 23rd in Friday's preliminary swimming event during the State Class A swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The Cardinal foursome entered the contest after qualifying by time at the Section 6A meet a week earlier.
Kalli Bowser, Hannah Eklund, Madalyn Winger and Beth Burnham finished 23rd in the event with a time of 1:56.54, 1.34 seconds slower than their seed time coming in.
"The relay was seeded 23rd going into Friday's arelims," said head coach Mark Storhaug. "They figured they would have to drop another 1.5 seconds to make the top 16 and advance to Saturday's finals.
"After slicing 6.7 seconds from their previous season best to make the state cut time at sections, to lower their time again would be very fortuitous. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly to drop more time.
"The monumental task would prove too much to ask," he said. "As it turned out, the relay ended the season in the preliminaries, swimming to a time of 1:56.54, placing just as seeded, in 23rd position."
Minnewaska-Morris senior sprinter Bridget Opdahl finished fifth in the 50 and the 100 free during the finals of both events.
Opdahl swam a 24.33, just 0.08 seconds slower than her preliminary time in the 50 free, a race that saw an new Minnesota Class A record set.
Daielle Nack, a junior from Mankato West, swam a 22.82 to corral the individual title and break the old mark of 22.93 that she set last year at the state meet.
In the 100 free, Opdahl swam a 53.75 - again, a little slower than her preliminary time of 53.49, but still earning a fifth place finish in her final high school event. The 100 free was won by Solveig Viren of Grand Rapids with a time of 51.81.finished fourth in the preliminaries of the 50 free, advancing her to the State Class A finals with a time of 24.25, 0.32 seconds faster than her seed time.
In the 100 free, Opdahl swam to a fifth place finish, also securing a spot in the finals. She cut her seed time by 0.45.
The Class A record in that event is held by Heidi Busack of Fergus Falls, set in 2010.Opdahl's two finishes gave Minnewaska-Morris a team total of 28 points, good for 26th place in the team standings. Northfield won the state meet with a score of 223, while Sartell-St. Stephen was second with 175.