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Litch's Warren top seed in 100 butterfly for state swim meet

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Litchfield is sending eight swimmers to the Class A state meet which opens todayday with diving preliminaries at the University of Minnesota's Aquatics Center.

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Dragons' freshman Mar-issa Warren will swim in four events, including a No. 1 seed in the 100 butterfly.

Willmar got one qualifier through the section meet at Hutchinson. Cassie Yoakum, a senior, will compete in the backstroke. She is seeded 25th out of 28 entries in a time of 1:04.06.

Class A preliminaries begin at noon Friday. Championship and consolation finals start at noon Saturday.

The Dragons are sending foursomes in all three relays. The 200-medley relay, with a seed time of 1:54.1, is in contention to reach the championship heat. The 200-free relay, seeded at 1:42.79, is a solid contender for the consolation heat. The 400-free unit will need a good race to stay alive and compete Saturday in consolation.

At the Section 3A meet, Warren, who will swim in the first two of those relays, beat out Hutchinson senior Audrey Kumm, a two-time state champion in the butterfly, in the Tigers' pool.

Warren is seeded at 57.95 and Kumm next at 57.96.

The Litchfield freshman is a medal contender in the backstroke where her section time of 1:01.84 ranks seventh best.

Sartell is the defending champion in Class A and Stillwater in AA.

Sartell's Marisa Wood is the top qualifier in the 500-free (5:03.41) aiming for a fourth championship in the distance event though she is only a sophomore.

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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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