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Tinklenberg's record-setting day leads Willmar in prelims at state swimming

MINNEAPOLIS -- Willmar's Alissa Tinklenberg and Sarah Hund each had career-best days at the Class A swimming preliminaries on Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Tinklenberg broke her own school records in both of the distance freestyle races, easily advancing to today's championship heat; Hund, a senior, swam a career-best 24.57 to qualify seventh for the final of the 50 freestyle.

The Cardinals' sprint relay team also reached the championship heat. Hund, eighth-grader Liz Gorans, junior Aleasha Blokzyl and Tinklenberg, also a junior, sliced more than a second off their seed time, covering the 200 yards in 1:40.79. That puts them in the No. 6 spot just 1.11 behind second-place Visitation.

With the exception of Gorans, who replaced graduated Sarah Frank, it's the same unit that lowered the school record to 1:40.28 in the 2007 prelims.

Tinklenberg will be seeded third fastest in both heats after yesterday's record-breaking swims. The 14-time state medal winner went 1:56.46 to slip under her posted school standard of 1:56.79 by .33. The defending champion in the event, Meghan Weiss, a Visitation senior, is far out front at 1:51.88 with Sartell eighth-grader Marissa Wood next at 1:54.84.

In the 500, the Cardinal junior dropped nearly seven seconds off her section-qualifying time to finish in 5:15.96. That cut nearly three seconds off her previous best and the school record of 5:18.8.

Sartell's Wood is in first after a superlative time of 5:05.95, only 1.51 off the Class A record.

Hund will also swim in the 100 freestyle consolation heat. She cut .71 to a lifetime-best time of 54.84, but that still got her only 13th place among 26 state qualifiers.

The 400 freestyle relay (Hund, Emily Zondervan, Blokzyl, Tinklenberg) will also go off in today's consolation race after placing 10th in 3:45.20, about a second off their seed time, but 1.41 off the eighth-place time of 3:43.79 by Marshall's relay.

Willmar's state divers, Laura Polman and Beth Pollock, both competed Thursday but didn't advance to the final 16.

The Class A finals, including diving, start at noon.