Weather Forecast

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar senior Michael McLain reaches out to Alexandria senior Kris Aaseng when the scoreboard showed the all-state swimmers finished in a rare tie for first place in 1:52.01 at the end of the 200-freestyle during a dual meet Thursday at Willmar High School.

Boys swimming & diving: High tied in Willmar pool


WILLMAR  — The clock on the wall showed the numbers and didn’t blink.

All-state swimmers Michael McLain of Willmar and Kris Aaseng of Alexandria both reached the wall at the same moment — 1:52.01 — in the 200-freestyle.

Aaseng trailed the entire race but never more than a half-body length. He began chipping away at McLain’s lead the last 50 yards and with half a lap left pulled even.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334