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Cards bring home two top-8 finishes

Alexandria senior Elliot Jacobson swims the 100 breaststroke during the prelims of the Class A state meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center last Friday. Jacobson finished third in the event with a career-best time of 59.11 seconds during Saturday’s finals. (Chad Richardson/Hastings Star Gazette)

Alexandria’s Elliot Jacobson saved his best for last when it comes to this season and his career as a Cardinal swimmer.

Jacobson went into the Class A state meet this past weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center with the goal of swimming the 100 breaststroke in less than a minute for the first time in his career. He didn’t just do it once; he did it twice on his way to a third-place individual finish in the event. Jacobson was also part of the 200-medley relay team that brought home a seventh-place medal in that event.

Jacobson swam three straight career-best times to wrap up his season in the 100 breaststroke. It happened at sections first when he set a 5A record in a time of 1:00.86. He lowered that to 59.72 seconds in the state prelims last Friday before posting a time of 59.11 to take third in the finals. Humphrey Pruett of Breck-Blake won the event in a time of 56.90.

“The Jacobson brothers were lucky enough to make another drop this past weekend,” head coach Mark Storhaug said of Elliot and his younger brother Max. “There is just something about those two boys that enables them to find another gear when it counts.”

Max and Elliot joined Mark Kallevig and Brandon McCormick in bringing home a seventh-place medal in the 200-medley relay. They swam a time of 1:40.20 in the prelims to guarantee themselves of a spot on the podium before finishing in 1:41.22 in the finals.

Max Jacobson also swam in two finals events in the 50 and 100 freestyles. He made the top 16 in the 50 with a time of 22.15 seconds in the prelims and finished 11th in the finals in 22.58 seconds. The junior also finished 15th in the 100 freestyle with a finals time of 50.21 seconds after swimming the prelims in 50.10.

Kallevig said after the section meet that he wanted to make it to Saturday’s finals in the 200 IM, and he did that. The senior finished 14th with a time of 2:06.19 in the finals after swimming the prelims in 2:04.36. He swam the 100 butterfly and finished 22nd in the prelims.

The 200-freestyle relay team of McCormick, Kallevig, Brady Wolkow and M. Jacobson also competed in the prelims but didn’t make the finals after taking 18th in 1:33.60.

Top-eight finishers earn all-state honors, meaning the Cardinals’ McCormick, E. Jacobson, M. Jacobson and Kallevig earned that honor in the 200-medley relay. Elliot Jacobson then did it again in the 100 breaststroke. That helped the Cardinals wrap up the season with a 13th-place finish as a team after posting 51 total points.

“The boys, after having such great time drops at the section meet a week earlier, did their best to hang on to those times, competing hard at the state finals,” Storhaug said. “It’s tough to repeat after such a successful taper. Usually there’s about a 50-50 chance of making another improvement at state.”


ALEXANDRIA TEAM FINISH – 13th place, 51 points

200-MEDLEY RELAY – McCormick, E. Jacobson, Kallevig, M. Jacobson – seventh place; Finals – 1:41.22; Prelims – 1:40.20

200 IM – Kallevig – 14th place; Finals – 2:06.19; Prelims – 2:04.36

50 FREESTYLE – M. Jacobson – 11th place; Finals – 22.58; Prelims – 22.15

100 BUTTERFLY – Kallevig – 22nd place; Prelims – 56.04

100 FREESTYLE – M. Jacobson – 15th place; Finals – 50.21; Prelims – 50.10

200 FREESTYLE RELAY – McCormick, Kallevig, Brady Wolkow, M. Jacobson – 18th place, 1:33.60

100 BREASTSTROKE – E. Jacobson – third place; Finals – 59.11; Prelims – 59.72

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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