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Willmar got a boost in the first event when their medley relay team, including Aleasha Blokzyl, left, Emily Zondervan and Anna Fuglestad dropped three seconds to get under the state cut, a feat they will need to repeat Saturday to reach state. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Willmar's Tinklenberg wins 2 prelims


WILLMAR -- Willmar senior Alissa Tinklenberg won the 500 freestyle (5:23.15) and the 100 backstroke (1:00.91) on Thursday during the Section 3A preliminaries in the Cardinals' own pool.

Both times are well under the state cut, though she will need to make it official on Saturday. The concluding day starts at 11 a.m. with the diving preliminaries, followed by the swimming championship and consolation heats and the diving finals at 3 p.m.

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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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