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Class A State swimming: Aaseng paces Cards with fourth-place finish in 500

Alexandria senior Kris Aaseng just missed ending his career with a top three finish in the 500-yard freestyle on Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Aaseng saw how close he was with Felipe Barreto of Melrose-Sauk Centre coming down to the final 25 yards and did everything he could to touch the wall in front of him. In the end, Barreto had just a little bit more as he hit the wall in third place with a time of 4:50.23. Aaseng was right behind him with a fourth-place finishing time of 4:50.52.

"It's disappointing," Aaseng said. "Off my seed time, I should have gotten third. I'm 4:48 and to see it end up 4:50, I don't know. I'll take it. It's not too much of a difference, just two seconds."

Head coach Mark Storhaug was happy with the way his senior swam. A top three finish just wasn't meant to be on a day when Tanner Alms of Red Wing won a third straight state title in the 500 and broke his own Class A state record with a time of 4:36.73.

"I have no complaints about how [Kris] swam," Alexandria head coach Mark Storhaug said. "Sometimes you can't control what your competition does and some people are going to surprise you down here."

That was part of a packed day for Aaseng. He swam the 200 freestyle earlier, finishing 11th in 1:46.90. After the 500, he immediately swam the anchor in the 200-freestyle relay with teammates Eric Moe, Kyle Blank and Max Jacobson. They finished 13th in a time of 1:31.65.

Elliot Jacobson had the second best finish among Alexandria swimmers who made it to the final day. The junior ended up 10th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.72. Aaron Pietrowski added a 12th-place finish in the 500 freestyle and the 200-medley relay team of Zac Bartolomeo, Jacobson, Mark Kallevig and Sean Norheim took 12th (1:43.22) to add to the Alexandria point total.

"I'm proud of all our guys," Storhaug said. "Kris had a great weekend. All the guys, even today in the finals, we still had better swims than yesterday, so it's a great weekend for us all together."

Aaseng ends his career as a two-time all state distance swimmer for Alexandria. He wanted to add a third-place finish to his resume, but he wasn't going to dwell on coming up just short of that quest.

"I did more than I ever thought I would be able to," Aaseng said. "I'm happy with what whatever. I got all conference, all section, all state so I've accomplished everything I ever wanted to."

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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