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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Left: Class A diving runner-up Bennet Woltjer, right, and state champion Tanner Nordlund of Sartell finished in the same order at the Central Lakes meet Feb. 11.

Swimming & Diving: Willmar's Woltjer takes second at state


MINNEAPOLIS -- Bennet Woltjer hit his three dives on Saturday scoring big each time.

The Willmar senior fell just short of overtaking Tanner Nordland for the state championship.

Nordland, a Sartell senior, finished with 359.95 points to Woltjer's 11-dive score of 357.5. Woltjer had trailed the Central Lakes Conference champion by 20 points going into Saturday's final 3 dives at the U of M diving pool.

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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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