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Willmar's Tinklenberg wins 2 prelims

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)1 / 2
The Litchfield medley relay celebrates a nearly six second drop to 1:56.60, under the state cut, at Willmar on Thursday in the Section 3A preliminaries. From left, Kjerstin Meyer, Hannah Walsh and Marissa Warren. Not pictured is anchor Kaytlin Borg. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)2 / 2

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.

The Cardinals' 200 medley relay of Tinklenberg, Emily Zondervan, Anna Fuglestad and Aleasha Blokzyl shaved three seconds from their seed time to go under the state cut.

Willmar's 400 freestyle relay is fourth, but needs a huge drop of over three seconds to get to the state cut. The 200 free relay needs 2.4 seconds, but has half the distance to do it.

Litchfield's medley relay got under the state cut with Kjerstin Meyer, Hannah Walsh, Marissa Warren and Kaytlin Borg.

Warren also qualified for the championship heat in both the individual medley and butterly. Hutchinson junior Audrey Kumm, the defending Class A champion in both, won both those events by a healthy margin each time.

Willmar's Cassie Yoakum (backstroke) and Zondervan (breaststroke) will both swim in the championship heats on Saturday.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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