Alexandria runs record to 4-0 ahead of big matchup with Sartell on Thursday

The Cardinals had no problems putting away St. Cloud Tech in a 111-73 win on Tuesday night.

Alexandria's Alaina Guenther swims in the 200 IM during a dual against Little Falls on Aug. 26, 2021. Guenther was part of the winning 200-medley and 400 freestyle relay teams in the Cardinals' 111-73 team win over St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday night. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team is 4-0 after another easy win on Tuesday night as the Cardinals now get set to welcome in rival Sartell-St. Stephen on Thursday night at 6.

Alexandria beat St. Cloud Tech in a 111-73 final on Tuesday. The Cardinals have yet to be tested down to the final events this season, and they made sure it wouldn’t happen against the Tigers as Alexandria’s Sidney Johnson, Jisella Haskamp, Alaina Guenther and Grace Urke won the opening race in the 200-medley relay.

That was part of 10 first-place finishes for the Cardinals. Julia Wilmesmeier (200 free, 500 free), Grace Urke (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Erica Johnson (diving), Hattie Galloway (100 free), and Johnson (100 backstroke) had individual wins, while the 200 and 400-freestyle teams made it a clean sweep in the relays, as well.

The Tigers had gotten off to a good start with a 2-0 record coming into Tuesday. Alexandria will now put its 4-0 record on the line against another top team in the Central Lakes Conference when Sartell (2-0 as of Sept. 14) comes to Discovery Middle School on Thursday.

The Sabres are not in Alexandria’s section anymore , but Thursday’s matchup should be a good early-season matchup for each of these teams that hope to be competitive during the postseason meets.



ALEXANDRIA TOP-THREE FINISHERS - 200-MEDLEY RELAY - Sidney Johnson, Jisella Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Grace Urke - first, 1:57.79; 200 FREESTYLE - Julia Wilmesmeier - first, 2:06.06; Brooklyn Millward - second, 2:06.65; 200 IM - Grace Urke - first, 2:21.10; Haskamp - second, 2:23.05; Emma Bugher - third, 2:27.62; 50 FREESTYLE - Hattie Galloway - second, 25.45; Alaina Guenther - third, 27.44; DIVING - Erica Johnson - first, 184.25; Lauren Hornstein - second, 182.90; 100 BUTTERFLY - Aleah Dokter - second, 1:08.21; Alaina Guenther - third, 1:08.50; 100 FREESTYLE - Galloway - first, 55.61; Haskamp - second, 57.73; 500 FREESTYLE - Wilmesmeier - first, 5:45.42; Summer Overland - third, 5:51.34; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Urke, Bugher, Overland, Millward - first, 1:48.80; Rayna Holm, Wilmesmeier, Aleah Dokter, Galloway - second, 1:49.16; 100 BACKSTROKE - S. Johnson - first, 1:06.57; Bugher - third, 1:09.82; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Urke - first, 1:13.69; 400 FREESTYLE - Millward, Zoe Solum, Guenther, Galloway - first, 3:58.42; Wilmesmeier, Johnson, Overland, Haskamp - third, 4:01.95

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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