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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.


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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. 

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