Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
SWIMMING & DIVING
West Central Conference Meet
MORRIS – With the late announcement Friday evening that the half the Gator swim team will be quarantined, coach Linda Hoffmann revamped their lineup and the team finished third in the conference for the sixth year in the row.
“ We had some unfortunate events happen this past week illnesses and the quarantine but I was impressed with our team to refocus and pull together and still perform at a high level on Saturday. “We had at least 10 personal bests.” Our team doesn’t take for granted our season. We treat each practice or meet that it could be the last. We are teaching our young people resiliency and how to adjust and adapt and move forward.” I’m very proud of our poise of our girls team! Also I’m proud of the girls who had to stay home as they created the culture that they may not be here in person but you still work hard and go for it.”
The Gators recorded a new team record with a score of 345.50.
Jaida Hess who took second and in the one-meter diving event and earned All-Conference honors.
All-Conference Honorable Mention swimmers and divers included:
The 200 Medley Relay team of Bailey Schoen, Makenna Thoen, Audrey Dorweiler, and Julia Kuehne.
The 400 Free Relay of Kuehne, Melena Longtin, Dorweiler and Schoen.
Dorweiler for the 100 Fly, and Schoen in the 100 Backstroke.
Border West coach Brittany Erickson
Yellow Medicine East Meet
GRANITE FALLS – I was nervous running against RTR again due to the huge spread we encountered when we ran against them in Canby resulting in slower times. We reminded our runners that they were going to have to go all out like someone was chasing them even though we controlled and lead the entire race.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of their effort and the results–everyone ran well! Joe Arens was under 18:30 whereas at Canby, he ran over 19:00. Derek Lupkes shaved off 20 secs since our home meet.
We moved several young runners up from JH to the JV/V race and they had wonderful debut races. Leighton Frye came in as our number 6 runner and Addison Blume came in as our number 3 runner. We had some PRs from several runners, most notably Brady Pederson cutting off almost 3 minutes from his previous 5k race in Canby.
Our JH runners were full throttle. All of our girls placed within the top 12 spots. On the boys’ side, Drew Sykora won his race with Lucas Gahlon not too far behind him. We had some spectacular finishes at the finish line that resulted in some PRs.
It’s a great feeling when you see the team peaking at the right time. We have one more week for our season. Our boys will run at LPGE which has some hills, so we did a hill workout to help prep for that. Our girls will be at NLS which is a fast course to race at.
Boys that qualified for sections are: Joe Arens, Derek Lupkes, Cole Sykora, Conner Goodhart, Jens Jorgenson, Eli Larson, Leighton Frye, Andrew Stueve, and Brady Pederson. Girls that qualified for sections are: Julia Schmidt, Emily Franzese, Addison Blume, Karter Martinek, Ava Klindworth, Braylen Schmidt, Georgia Gallagher, Aurora Johnson, and Liz Franzese.