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Willmar senior Kennedy Holwerda powers through the butterfly leg of the 200-medley relay, helping the Cardinals take fourth during the Section 3A preliminaries Thursday at Willmar and undercutting the state entry time, which they’ll have to repeat Saturday in order to qualify for the state meet. Three events later Holwerda finished first in the 50 freestyle. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton
Willmar senior Kennedy Holwerda powers through the butterfly leg of the 200-medley relay, helping the Cardinals take fourth during the Section 3A preliminaries Thursday at Willmar and undercutting the state entry time, which they’ll have to repeat Saturday in order to qualify for the state meet. Three events later Holwerda finished first in the 50 freestyle. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Girls Swimming & Diving: Section 3A competitors face final push to state

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WILLMAR — Saturday is the day for swimmers and divers to punch their tickets to the Class A State Swimming and Diving Meet that will be held Nov. 18, a Monday, through the 20th at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

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After Thursday Section 3A preliminaries, both Willmar and Litchfield have positioned several swimmers at the front of the line.

Cardinals senior Kennedy Holwerda swam a career-best 24.72 to lead qualifiers in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday in her home pool. That is well under the state-entry standard this year of 25.04, but the time must be posted in the finals, or else place in the top 2, to advance.

Last year at state, Litchfield’s Marissa Warren finished third in the butterfly and second in the backstroke. Now a senior, she swam under the state standard in both events Thursday.

Alycia Holwerda, a Willmar junior, is well below the standard in the 100 breaststroke and so is Anika Ellingson of Litchfield.

As far as relays, both Litchfield and Willmar beat the standard in the 200-medley relay. Willmar swam third in the 200-free relay and was second in the 400-free relay, the latter featuring Marin Fischer, Anna Backes, Miranda Kuchta and Kennedy Holwerda.

Finals, including the last three of 11 dives, begin at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday’s Swimming Preliminaries Results

(Key: event (state entry time in finals), top time … Willmar, Litchfield, Montevideo results)

200 MEDLEY RELAY (1:54.72) – (1) Orono 1:50.66 (2) Litchfield: Emma Ridgeway, Anika Ellingson, Marissa Warren, Sydney Weires; 1:53.29 … (4) Willmar: Miranda Kuchta, Alycia, Kennedy Holwerda, McKenna Olson; 1:53.53 (9) Montevideo: Meghan Mortenson, Lexi Quigley, Baylee Pauling, Abby Grussing; 2:03.05 

200 FREESTYLE (2:00.29) – (1) Elisa Burgstahler, Dassel-Cokato, 1:56.95 … (14) Anna Backes, Wil, 2:08.94 (22) Erika Aaker, Wil, 2:13.44 (27) Ellie Shuldes, Wil, 2:16.31 (30) Sarah Schmidt, Lit, 2:19.97 (33) Rhiann Schmidt, Wil, 2:22.50   

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY (2:15.87) – (1) Samantha Norton, Orono, 2:07.70 … (7) A. Holwerda, Wil, 2:21.57 (8) Ellingson, Lit, 2:22.07 (18) Alyssa Raiber, Lit, 2:28.65 (20) Hannah Arnold, Wil, 2:29.27 (27) Brylee Stenmark, Lit, 2:38.79 (28) Brianna Bredeson, Wil, 2:26.51 (32) Anne Haugen, Wil, 2:42.90 

50 FREESTYLE (25.04) – (1) K. Holwerda, Wil, 24.72 … (13) Baylee Pauling, Mon, 26.21 (14) Marin Fischer, Wil, 26.39 (17) Cassie Lankenau, Wil, 26.74 (23) Alex Kennedy, Wil, 27.1 (24) Kelsey Wattenhofer, Lit, 27.13 (29) Katie Osman, Mon, 27.54 (31) Abby Grussing, Mon, 27.83 (34) Rebecca Schmidt, Lit, 28.47 (36) Annie Agrotis, Mon, 28.92

DIVING – (prelims Saturday at 11 a.m.) Willmar: Magen Vlaminck, Olivia Welsh; Montevideo: Alex Hansen, Allyssa Parker; Litchfield: Svea Ellingson

100 BUTTERFLY (1:01.88) – (1) Haley Cassen, Hutchinson, 59.68 (2) Marissa Warren, Lit, 59.86 … (18) Alyssa Raiber, Lit, 1:06.02 (26) Rachel Clark, Mon, 1:12.09 (27) Kyra Fokken, Mon, 1:13.05 (30) Jenna Jagow, Wil, 1:19.51 (31) Emma Stevens, Wil, 1:22.56

100 FREESTYLE (55.15) – (1) Burgstahler, Dassel-Cokato, 54.27 … (6) K. Holwerda, Wil, 55.65 (13) Miranda Kuchta, Wil, 57.59 (18) Emma Ridgeway, Lit, 58.3 (19) Backes, Wil, 58.53 (21) Baylee Pauling, Mon, 59.21 (27) Mykaela Henrickson, Wil, 1:01.39 (29) Grussing, Mon, 1:01.82 (30) Katie Osman, Mon, 1:01.85 (35) Lexi Quigley, Mon, 1:02.47 (38) R. Schmidt, Lit, 1:06.05

500 FREESTYLE (5:26.36) – (1) Kylie Vermeiere, Marshall, 5:21.16 … (6) Sydney Weires, Lit, 5:31.49 (18) Shuldes, Wil, 6:01.79 (19) Aaker, Wil, 6:02.29 (20) Brianna Bredeson, Wil, 6:04.45 (24) Nikki Feldhake, Mon, 6:07.20 (28) Svea Ellingson, Lit, 6:11.77 (31) Rhiann Schmidt, Wil, 6:17.75 (35) Sarah Schmidt, Lit, 6:24.97 (36) Rachel Turck, Lit, 6:28.16 (37) Meghan Mortenson, Mon, 6:33.18 (38) Marisa Winters, Mon, 6:40.49

200 FREESTYLE RELAY (1:42.80) – (1) Orono 1:40.41 … (3) Willmar: Fischer, Backes, Lankenau, Olson; 1:44.76 (8) Montevideo: Agrotis, Rylee Schultz, Quigley, Osman; 1:52.99 …. Litchfield: disqualified

100 BACKSTROKE (1:02.41) – (1) Jessica Stangret, Waconia, 59.74 … (3) Warren, Lit, 1:01.75 (8) Weires, Lit, 1:03.88 (10) E. Ridgeway, Lit, 1:04.24 (13) Miora Revier, Wil, 1:05.18 (19) Anne Haugen, Wil, 1:08.50 (26) Mortenson, Mon, 1:12.77

100 BREASTSTROKE (1:10.11) – (1) Samantha Norton, Orono, 1:05.33 (2) Ellingson, Lit, 1:07.51 (3) A. Holwerda, Wil, 1:08.59 … (8) Wattenhofer, Lit, 1:12.86 (12) Arnold, Wil, 1:16.52 (16) Erin Zondervan, Wil, 1:17.78 (18) Quigley, Mon, 1:18.03 (21) Jasmin Kaempfer, Lit, 1:18.18 (25) Feldhake, Mon, 1:20.10 (28) Brylee Stenmark, Lit, 1:21.34

400 FREESTYLE RELAY (3:46.45) – (1) Chaska 3:47.46 (2) Willmar: Fischer, Backes, Kuchta, K. Holwerda; 3:50.43 … (9) Litchfield: Raiber, S. Schmidt, Stenmark, Ellingson; 4:07.47 (10) Montevideo: Osman, Feldhake, Fokken, Pauling, 4:07.85

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