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Alexandria girls take in first-ever State True Team experience

The Cardinals were a part of the 12 teams that qualified for the Class A state true team meet that took place on Oct. 21 at the University of Minnesota as Alexandria finished 10th overall.

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team has put together a standout season that included getting the chance to compete in the program’s first-ever True Team state meet when the deepest Class A programs in the Minnesota State High School League met at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Oct. 21.

True team state started in 2004 as an opportunity for teams to showcase their overall depth with every athlete in every event counting toward the total team score.

“In the past, (Alexandria) hadn't qualified by winning True Team sections or by being chosen as a wild card team, so it was a great experience for them to swim against such high-quality teams as well as compete in the U of M pool,” head coach Crysta Krause said.

Just 12 programs qualified for state as Alexandria finished 10th ahead of Grand Rapids and Park Rapids. The Cardinals totaled 1321.5 points, while Visitation won the meet with 2301.5. Orono was second (1963), and Delano (1651.5) rounded out the top three.

Sophomore Jisella Haskamp had Alexandria’s top finish as she finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 24.82 seconds. Senior Hattie Galloway added a 10th-place finish in that event in 25.68.

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The Cardinals racked up big points in diving with two top-7 finishers. Freshman Lauren Hornstein was fifth with 327.25 points, and Erica Johnson finished seventh (310.25).

Galloway and Haskamp added top-10 finishes in the 100 freestyle. Galloway was sixth in 55.79, just barely out-touching her teammate as Haskamp finished seventh in 55.80.

The 200-freestyle relay team of Julia Wilmesmeier, Grace Urke, Haskamp and Galloway finished eighth in 1:43.67. The 400-free relay team of Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Brooklyn Millward and Galloway added Alexandria’s final top-10 finish by taking ninth in 3:54.62.

Next up for Alexandria is the Central Lakes Conference championship at Sartell on Oct. 30.

CLASS A STATE TRUE TEAM

TEAM SCORES - Visitation - 2301.5; Orono - 1963; Delano - 1651.5; Mahtomedi - 1480; Waconia - 1467.5; Breck - 1460.5; Hutchinson - 1416.5; Monticello - 1364; Mankato West - 1340.5; Alexandria - 1321.5; Grand Rapids - 1182; Park Rapids - 634.5

ALEXANDRIA TOP FINISHERS - 200-MEDLEY RELAY - Sidney Johnson, Emma Bugher, Alaina Guenther, Grace Urke - 15th, 1:58.84; 200 FREESTYLE - Brooklyn Millward - 15th, 2:06.03; 200 IM - Grace Urke - 16th, 2:21.18; 50 FREESTYLE - Jisella Haskamp - fourth, 24.82; DIVING - Lauren Hornstein - fifth, 327.25; 100 BUTTERFLY - Alaina Guenther - 24th, 1:07.31; 100 FREESTYLE - Hattie Galloway - sixth, 55.79; 500 FREESTYLE - Summer Overland - 17th, 5:45.59; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Julia Wilmesmeier, Grace Urke, Jisella Haskamp, Hattie Galloway - eighth, 1:43.67; 100 BACKSTROKE - Sidney Johnson - 24th, 1:07.72; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Emma Bugher - 13th, 1:12.83; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - Jisella Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Brooklyn Millward, Hattie Galloway - ninth, 3:54.62

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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