The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team will compete at the Class A state true team meet after rolling to a first-place finish at the Section 6A True Team meet in Morris on Saturday.
True team formats score every individual and relay team in each event as the ultimate test of depth. That figured to benefit the Cardinals well, and it certainly did as they totaled 1,201 points in the meet. That was well in front of second-place finisher Albany (1,052).
Alexandria had six first-place finishes in the 12 events. Erica Johnson paced four top-10 finishers for the Cardinals in diving by winning with a score of 356.15. Brooklyn Millward won the 200 freestyle, Jisella Haskamp won the 50 freestyle, and Hattie Galloway won the 100 freestyle.
The 200-freestyle relay team of Julia Wilmesmeier, Grace Urke, Haskamp and Galloway won in 1:42.98, and the 400 free relay team of Haskamp, Alaina Guenther, Millward and Galloway finished off the meet in the final event with a win in 3:49.26.
The Cardinals will now test their depth against the other best Class A programs in the state when they compete at the state true team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Oct. 21 starting at 7 p.m.
SECTION 6A TRUE TEAM SCORES - 1. Alexandria - 1201; Albany - 1052; Rocori - 1012.5; Melrose - 997; Sauk Centre - 780; Morris-Minnewaska - 561.5; St. Cloud Apollo - 344
ALEXANDRIA TOP-10 FINISHES - 200-MEDLEY RELAY - Sidney Johnson, Emma Bugher, Alaina Guenther, Grace Urke - fourth, 2:00.34; Rayna Holm, Sara Avanzi, Zoe Solum, Morgan Stangler - sixth, 2:06.24; 200 FREESTYLE - Brooklyn Millward - first, 2:05.74; Julia Wilmesmeier - fifth, 2:09.22; Summer Overland - eighth, 2:11.58; 200 IM - Grace Urke - second, 2:19.81; Emma Bugher - fourth, 2:24.56; Rayna Holm - eighth, 2:31; Zoe Solum - 10th, 2:34.77; 50 FREESTYLE - Jisella Haskamp - first, 24.85; Hattie Galloway - second, 25.37; Alaina Guenther - sixth, 26.58; Sidney Johnson - ninth, 27.47; DIVING - Erica Johnson - first, 356.15; Lauren Hornstein - third, 315.40; Isabelle Johnson - seventh, 281.25; Hannah Skillings - ninth, 274.95; 100 BUTTERFLY - Guenther - third, 1:06.07; Solum - seventh, 1:09.35; Avanzi - ninth, 1:11.59; 100 FREESTYLE - Galloway - first, 55.31; Haskamp - second, 56.07; Millward - fifth, 57.98; 500 FREESTYLE - Wilmesmeier - fourth, 5:49.41; Overland - fifth, 5:50.93; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Wilmesmeier, Urke, Haskamp, Galloway - first, 1:42.98; Bugher, Stangler, Overland, Millward - seventh, 1:50.90; 100 BACKSTROKE - Johnson - third, 1:06.73; Holm - sixth, 1:09.09; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Urke - fourth, 1:13.20; Bugher - fifth, 1:13.94; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - Haskamp, Guenther, Millward, Galloway - first, 3:49.26; Wilmesmeier, Holm, Johnson, Overland - fifth, 4:06.92; Chelsey Weigel, Callie Taveirne, Solum, Avanzi - ninth, 4:23.05