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Alexandria dominates in Willmar meet, stays unbeaten on the year

The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team stayed a perfect 4-0 with a dominant win at Willmar

Alexandria sophomore Mark Meece swims in the Cardinals' dual against Sartell on Jan. 6, 2022. Meece, freshman Cooper Running, junior Logan Tung, and senior Zachary Timm finished first in the 200 yard medley relay at Willmar on Jan. 13, 2022. Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

WILLMAR- The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team cruised to a decisive 109-70 victory Thursday.

“This meet allowed the team to swim a different lineup than usual, allowing the swimmers to display their versatility in many different events,” head coach Kathy Walker said. “Relays were adjusted so the teams from Alexandria would race each other, setting up some great competitions within the team.”

Freshman Cooper Running, sophomore Mark Meece, junior Logan Tung, and senior Zachary Timm started off the winning string for the Cardinals with a win in the 200 yard medley relay (1:53.33). The group of Alexandria’s 8th-grader Adison Newman, sophomore Eric Peterson, senior Joel Brault and senior Carter Holm finished in second (1:54.03).

Alexandria senior Nicholas Welle won the 200 yard freestyle (1:52.78) by a little over eight seconds. Peterson finished with a lifetime best (2:02.60), which earned him third.

Alexandria senior Anthony Hoyt earned a lifetime best (2:10.66) in the 200 IM and earned first place on the night. Junior Erik Reineke also finished with a lifetime best (2:14.66) and earned second place.


Holm won the 50 yard freestyle (22.26) while Running finished fourth (25.13).

Running later won his first ever varsity event, the 500 yard freestyle (5:24.18). Timm finished third (5:48.37) and Meece finished fourth (6:07.64).

The Cardinals took three of the top four places in the 1 meter diving event. Eighth grader Kyler Kavanagh edged out a first place finish (375.45), while senior Caden Kavanagh finished third (365.90) and senior Keaton Snitker finished fourth (156.25).

Tung won the 100 yard butterfly with a lifetime best (58.37), edging out Hoyt who also had a lifetime best (58.59).

Welle won the 100 yard freestyle (48.06) while Peterson finished third (54.29).

The relay team of Running, Reineke, Tung and Hoyt finished first in the 200 yard freestyle relay.

In the two final events – 100 yard breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay – Alexandria decided not to score points, according to Walker.

Alexandria hosts the Section 6A True Team Invite Saturday at Discovery Middle School. Diving begins at 11 a.m. and swimming begins at 2 p.m.

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