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Card swimmers advance to 6A finals

Alexandria's Kate LeBrasseur will swim in four finals events on Saturday after qualifying with teammates in the 200 IM and 400 freestyle relays, while also qualifying individually for the finals in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

The Alexandria swimming and diving team had a number of girls qualify for Saturday’s finals at the Discovery Middle School pool after the Section 6A prelims on Thursday night.

The top 16 individuals qualify for Saturday’s finals, which are set to begin at 11 a.m. in Alexandria. Hannah Eklund had the Cardinals’ fastest finish as she took third in the 200 IM in a time of 2:14.42. That was just off first-place finisher Gabby Hagen of Sartell, who finished in 2:14.14. Alexandria’s Mikayla Meece also made it to the finals in the 200 IM with an eighth-place finish in 2:25.62.

The 200-medley relay team of Kate LeBrasseur, Eklund, Meece and Macy Hatlestad got the prelims going with a fifth-place finish in 1:59.66. Megan Bristow and Madalyn Winger qualified in the 200 freestyle with seventh (2:04.72) and 10th (2:05.60) place finishes, respectively.

Jaylen Olson-Rodel qualified in the 50 freestyle with a 14th-place finish in 26.76. LeBrasseur did the same in the 100 butterfly with a 10th-place finish in 1:05.17. Next was the 100 freestyle, where Olson-Rodel (14th, 59.16) and Heidi Moe (15th, 59.75) each qualified for the finals.

Bristow (fourth, 5:36.33), Winger (sixth, 5:42.79) and Meece (13th, 5:54.37) will represent Alexandria in the 500 freestyle on Saturday. The 200 freestyle relay team of Moe, Olson-Rodel, Bristow and Winger took fifth in a time of 1:46.59, while Bailey Serum (10th, 1:06.19) and LeBrasseur (13th, 1:07.32) will swim in the 100 yard backstroke finals.

The final individual race saw Eklund (fifth, 1:10.21) and Hannah Lindgren (12th, 1:16.53) secure spots in Saturday’s 100-yard breaststroke. LeBrasseur, Olson-Rodel, Bristow and Winger then took sixth in the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:56.30 to wrap up the prelims on Thursday.

Sartell will go into Saturday as the favorites to win the 6A team title. The Sabres finished second at the Class A state meet a year ago and looked in control in Thursday’s prelims, taking 10 first-place finishes in the 12 events.

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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