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Swimmers honor a memorable run

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The Chromey brothers, Patrick (left) and Nic, celebrate after swimming with Jordon Baas and Nicolas Welle and taking second place in the 200-freestyle relay at the state meet. Nic was named Alexandria's MVP this season by his teammates, while Patrick took home the Hardest Worker Award. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)4 / 4

The Alexandria swimming and diving team had a lot to celebrate at its season-ending awards banquet after the Cardinals took fourth at the Class A state meet this season.

Senior Nic Chromey won the 100 breaststroke state championship for the second straight season, this time with an All-American time of 55.54 seconds. Chromey was voted Alexandria's MVP by his teammates. He wrapped up his standout career for the Cardinals by competing in four different races at the state meet. Chromey was one of six seniors on this year's team with fellow captain Jordon Baas, Zach Dummer, Adam Zimmerman and Gabe Jones.

"There will be opportunities for the boys coming back to fill roles left by this year's seniors," head coach Kathy Walker said in her season recap. "But for us to stay competitive, work will have to be done in the off-season. Getting into the weight room, participating in other sports, working on their skills, swimming in the Alexandria Club program, and staying in shape will have a great impact on how they will do next season."

Eighth-grader Anthony Hoyt and freshman Ethan Johnson were both named the team's most improved swimmers this year as a couple athletes who are expected back with the Cardinals next season. Logan Tung, a seventh-grader, got the team's Rookie of the Year Award and junior Patrick Chromey earned the Cardinals' Hardest Worker Award. Patrick, like his brother, was also kept busy at state by swimming in four events, including taking fifth in the 200 freestyle.

The Cardinals battled in a Central Lakes Conference this season that featured programs that finished in the top 10 at state in Sartell-St. Stephen (fifth) and Sauk Rapids-Rice (sixth).

The Cardinals had All-CLC swimmers from the conference meet in P. Chromey (200 freestyle), Nick Welle (200 IM), Nick Olson (500 freestyle) and N. Chromey (100 breaststroke). Baas, Welle, P. Chromey and N. Chromey were All-CLC together in the 200 free relay and Baas, Olson, Welle and P. Chromey did the same in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Cardinals also did well out of the pool with plenty of academic awards. The team earned the Scholastic Gold Award with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Baas (3.76 GPA) and N. Chromey (3.96 GPA) earned individual Gold Awards from the Minnesota High School Coaches' Association.

The Minnesota State High School League also awards Gold Academic Awards for those who maintain a GPA of 3.6-4.0 while in a high school sport. The Chromey brothers, Ethan Johnson, Geoffrey King, Elliot Amunson, Baas, Jaymeson Wolkow and Nick Olson all earned that. Dummer, Torrey Olson-Rodel, Garrett Maras, Matt McKay, Zimmerman, Devan Swerman and Spencer Lindley earned Silver Academic Awards with GPAs between 3.0-3.59.

Patrick Chromey, Olson and Wolkow were all named captains on the team for the 2018-19 season.

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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