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Eric Morken | Echo Press Alexandria junior Max Jacobson swims in the 200 freestyle event during the Cardinals’ meet against Rocori on Thursday night. Jacobson took second in the event to help his team to its first win of the season in a 112-74 decision against the Spartans. He was also part of the 400 freestyle relay team that won in a time of 3:37.64. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Alexandria swimming and diving team just needed the comfort of its home pool.

The Cardinals had dropped their first two meets of the season but dominated Rocori in the home opener 112-74 on Thursday night. Alexandria took eight of the 12 events to bust open what was a close match early on.

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“The second half of the contest was pretty much all Alexandria as the Cards outscored the Spartans 79-45,” head coach Mark Storhaug said.

Mark Kallevig is one of the top seniors on this squad and he has performed like it in the early going. Kallevig won two individual events in the 50 freestyle (24.14) and the 100 butterfly.

He was also a part of two winning relay teams. He joined Brady Wolkow, Brandon McCormick and Max Jacobson in winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:37.64. Kallevig, McCormick, Elliot Jacobson and Wolkow also won the 200-medley relay in 1:49.15.

Elliot Jacobson is another senior who this team will rely on a lot this season. He got an individual win in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.25. Other individual wins came from Wolkow in diving (202.55), Ben Tollefson in the 500 freestyle (5:41.96) and McCormick in the 100 backstroke (1:02.82).

The Cardinals are a young team overall that hopes to see progress throughout this season. They saw it on Thursday with 13 season bests. Two each came from Tollefson and Riley Maanum. Wolkow, a freshman, continues to improve on the diving board, where he improved by almost 25 points from his previous season best. Eric Welle also took off close to five seconds in the 500 freestyle to finish in fourth place in 6:05.46.


Alexandria 112, Rocori 74

ALEXANDRIA SCORERS – 200 MEDLEY RELAY – McCormick, E. Jacobson, Kallevig, Wolkow – first place, 1:49.15; Josh Flatau, Chad Blank, D’Anthony Moorer, Connor Bowen – third place, 2:05.05

200 FREESTYLE – M. Jacobson – second place, 1:59.53; Tollefson – third place, 2:03.85; Maanum – fifth place, 2:09.15

200 IM – E. Jacobson – second place, 2:17.03; Moorer – third place, 2:24.98

50 FREESTYLE – Kallevig – first place, 24.14; Luke Houska – fourth place, 25.47

DIVING – Wolkow – first place, 202.55; Preston Bowden – third place, 136.85; Henri Santelman – fourth place, 122.95

100 BUTTERFLY – Kallevig – first place, 58.50; Moorer – third place, 1:08.70; Zach Serie – fifth place, 1:21.31

100 FREESTYLE – M. Jacobson – second place, 54.66; McCormick – third place, 55.41; Houska – fifth place, 57.39

500 FREESTYLE – Tollefson – first place, 5:41.96; Maanum – third place, 5:57.18; Welle – fourth place, 6:05.46

200 FREESTYLE RELAY – E. Jacobson, Houska, Wolkow, M. Jacobson – second place, 1:38.22; Gavin Hvezda, Connor Bowen, Cody Weisel, Moorer – third place, 1:49.39

100 BACKSTROKE – McCormick – first place, 1:02.82; Flatau – third place, 1:11.53; Patrick Chromey – fourth place, 1:12.45

100 BREASTSTROKE – E. Jacobson – first place, 1:06.25; Chromey – second place, 1:10.46; Blank – fourth place, 1:18.49

400 FREESTYLE RELAY – Kallevig, Wolkow, McCormick, M. Jacobson – first place, 3:37.64; Chromey, Maanum, Hvezda, Tollefson – third place, 3:56.05

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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