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Alexandria beats Sartell in final event for second time this season, this time for a CLC championship

The Cardinals won the CLC title for the first time since 1998, set a pool record in the 200-freestyle relay and also kept Sartell-St. Stephen from winning the conference championship for the first time since 2008.

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team had one of its most memorable dual wins in many years on Sept. 16 when it beat Sartell-St. Stephen in a 97-89 final . On Saturday, the Cardinals clipped the Sabres again -- this time for a Central Lakes Conference championship.

Alexandria and the rest of the CLC programs were in Sartell for the conference meet where just like in that dual back in September, the win between Alexandria and Sartell came down to the 400 freestyle relay in the final event.

“But it was our ‘B’ relay that really clinched it by dropping over four seconds to place above the Sartell B’’ relay,” Alexandria head coach Crysta Krause said. “It was truly a team effort and we needed every one of those girls to make it happen.”

In a meet where hundreds of points were scored, the final separation between the Sabres and Cardinals was three points. Alexandria finished with 449 as Sartell came in second at 446. Rocori finished third with 375 points.

Sartell’s top 400-freestyle relay team of Madeline Francois, Janie Martin, Megann Jobin and Holly Lenarz finished second overall in 3:46.94. That was right in front of Alexandria’s top foursome of Jisella Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Brooklyn Millward and Hattie Galloway in third (3:47.28). Julia Wilmesmeier, Rayna Holm, Sidney Johnson and Summer Overland secured the team win with a 24-point, 7th-place finish in a time of 3:59.

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This marks the first time since 1998 that Alexandria has won the CLC championship. It’s also the first time since 2008 that Sartell has not won it.

Within those team accomplishments was also a new Sartell pool record set by Alexandria’s 200-freestyle relay team of Haskamp, Millward, Grace Urke and Galloway. They won that event in 1:42.72, just in front of the Sartell foursome in 1:42.93. The previous pool record was 1:44.13 set by Sartell this year.

Alexandria now has a long preparation period before the Section 6A championship meet that is set for Nov. 11 and 13 at the University of Minnesota Morris. The Cardinals will try to continue this breakthrough season by sending a large contingent to the state meet.

That state meet runs from Nov. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

CLC CHAMPIONSHIP

TEAM SCORES - Alexandria - 449; Sartell - 446; Rocori - 375; Brainerd - 342; St. Cloud Tech - 244; Sauk Rapids-Rice - 188; Willmar - 184; Fergus Falls - 79; St. Cloud Apollo - 18

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ALEXANDRIA TOP-10 FINISHES - 200-MEDLEY RELAY - Sidney Johnson, Emma Bugher, Alaina Guenther, Grace Urke - fourth, 1:58.20; Rayna Holm, Sara Avanzi, Aleah Dokter, Morgan Stangler - 8th, 2:05.76; 200 FREESTYLE - Brooklyn Millward - second, 2:04.72; Summer Overland - 7th, 2:07.87; Julia Wilmesmeier - 8th, 2:08.97; 200 IM - Grace Urke - third, 2:19.46; Emma Bugher - 6th, 2:26.07; 50 FREESTYLE - Jisella Haskamp - first, 25.02; Hattie Galloway - second, 25.07; DIVING - Erica Johnson - fifth, 351.45; Lauren Hornstein - seventh, 337.85; 100 FREESTYLE - Hattie Galloway - first, 55.56; Brookly Millward - t-6th, 57.77; Grace Urke - t-6th, 57.77; 500 FREESTYLE - Summer Overland - fifth, 5:45.81; Julia Wilmesmeier - eighth, 5:50.97; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Jisella Haskamp, Brooklyn Millward, Grace Urke, Hattie Galloway - first, 1:42.72; 100 BACKSTROKE - Sidney Johnson - third, 1:05.73; Rayna Holm - ninth, 1:08.87; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Jisella Haskamp - first, 1:08.81; Emma Bugher - fifth, 1:13.27; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - Jisella Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Brooklyn Millward, Hattie Galloway - third, 3:47.28; Julia Wilmesmeier, Rayna Holm, Sidney Johnson, Summer Overland - seventh, 3:59

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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