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Cards break school record

Jacob Meyer, left, celebrates with Ayden Schueler and Mateo Marin Mera after breaking the Willmar school 400 freestyle relay record and placing eighth at the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Sarah Jagow / Submitted

MINNEAPOLIS - The Willmar 400 Freestyle Relay team placed eighth and earned All-State honors while setting a new school record on Satuday at the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

Willmar's team of Jacob Meyer, Ayden Schueler, Mateo Marin-Mera and Garrett Shuldes finished in 3:17.82, shaving 0.60 seconds off the previous school mark.

The Cards swimming multiple events swam eight races in two days, but a shot at the 400 free relay mark gave them motivation, Willmar head coach Carl Shuldes said.

"They need that little extra, like a team or individual title, to keep that edge," Carl Shuldes said. "I think that's why our 400 free relay was able to drop time. They had the additional incentive of the school record. They had their spot in the top eight wrapped up, they were swimming for the record and they got it."

On Saturday, Shuldes also placed 10th in the 50 Freestyle and 14th in the 100 Freestyle. Willmar's 200 Freestyle Relay team of Meyer, Ethan Kubesh, Marin-Mera and Shuldes placed 13th.