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Freestyler McKenna Olson has the finishing kick to maintain the lead as the Willmar ‘A’ Relay takes first place in the 200 freestyle relay, the opening event of the Willmar Girls Swimming and Diving Invitational on Friday at the high school. Moira Revier, Hannah Arnold, Alycia Holwerda and Olson finished in 1:59.56 for the Cardinals. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Girls Swimming & Diving: Cardinals open season by placing 2nd at home meet

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WILLMAR — Gabi Sawyer won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay to help Melrose win the seven-team Willmar Invite Friday.

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The host Cardinals placed second in their season opener behind senior Alycia Holwerda’s two individual wins (200 IM and 100 breakstroke), a first-place finish from sophomore Anna Backes in the 100 freestyle and two relay wins (200 medley and 200 freestyle). Holwerda and senior McKenna Olson swam on both winning relays.

Freshmen Moira Revier and Hannah Arnold were members of the first-place medley relay, while the winning freestyle relay also featured Backes and senior Marin Fischer.

Minnewaska/Morris eighth-grader Lacey Entzi won both the 200 and 500 freestyle races.

The Cardinals host Sartell in a Central Lakes Conference dual on Thursday.

Team scoring

(1) Melrose 548 (2) Willmar 416 (3) St. Cloud Tech 398 (4) Sauk Centre 342 (5) Bemdiji 278 (6) Minnewaska/Morris 177 (7) Montevideo 166

(Winner … area in top eight)

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (1) Willmar: Moira Revier, Hannah Arnold, Alycia Holwerda, McKenna Olson; 1:59.56 … (6) Willmar: Anne Haugen, Erin Zondervan, Jenna Jagow, Abby McCormack; 2:09.27

200 FREESTYLE (1) Lacey Entzi, MM, 2:05.78 … (4) Anna Backes, Wil, 2:08.66  

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY (1) Holwerda, Wil, 2:21.41 (2) Arnold, Wil, 2:30.90 … (7) Brianna Bredeson, Wil, 2:38.64 (8) Bridgitte Weaver, MM, 2:39.51

50 FREESTYLE (1) Alyssa Kohorst, SC, 26.18 (2) Olson, Wil, 26.37 … (4) Marin Fischer, Wil, 26.80 (7) Baylee Pauling, Mon, 27.22

DIVING (1) Megan Seehusen, SCT, 217.45 … (7) Alex Hanson, Mon, 139.65 (8) Maddie Stoeberl, Wil, 138.40

100 BUTTERFLY (1) Gabi Sawyer, Mel, 1:01.70 … (7) Erin Edmunds, MM, 1:15.69

100 FREESTYLE (1) Backes, Wil, 57.92 … (6) Fischer, Wil, 59.20

500 FREESTYLE (1) Entzi, MM, 5:43.22 … (4) Bredeson, Wil, 6:11.79 (8) Nicole Feldhake, Mon, 6:22.47

200 FREESTYLE RELAY (1) Willmar: Backes, Fischer, Holwerda, Olson; 1:46.14 … (5) Willmar: Arnold, McCormack, Bredeson, Alex Kennedy; 1:53.58 (6) Minnewaska/Morris 1:54.11

100 BACKSTROKE (1) Sawyer, Mel, 1:03.99 … (7) Revier, Wil, 1:10.44

100 BREASTSTROKE (1) Holwerda, Wil, 1:09.18 (2) Arnold, Wil, 1:16.89 … (8) Lexi Quigley, Mon, 1:20.98

400 FREESTYLE RELAY (1) Melrose 3:55.13 … (3) Willmar: Backes, Fischer, McCormack, Olson; 4:00.99 (5) Minnewaska/Morris 4:10.05 (6) Montevideo 4:10.27

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