Down 90-82 to Rocori heading into the final event of Thursday’s Central Lakes Conference dual, Willmar head girls swimming and diving coach Carl Shuldes split the relays in hopes of getting a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“I slowed down the A relay and sped up the B relay by shifting swimmers from one to the other to try and get the 1-2,” Shuldes said.

Rocori’s top relay team was able to beat Willmar’s B-team as the Spartans locked up the meet with a slim 94-92 victory.

“The girls gave it a great effort but couldn’t quite pull out the second place,” Shuldes said.

Ava Brogren, Edyn Saulsbury and Kiana Gallinger each had two wins for Willmar. Brogren took the top spot in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 19.98 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.94) while Saulsbury was the top sprinter by winning the 100 (58.56) and 50 freestyle (27.07). Gallinger was strong in the distance races with wins in the 200 (2:09.18) and 500 freestyle (5:44.96).

The Cardinals also got victories in two of the three relays. The 200 free relay of Saulsbury, Allie Evink, Avery Welsh and Brogren hit the side with a first-place time of 1:46.54. Then the 400 free relay of Gallinger, Shelby Reed, Welsh and Brogren placed first at 3:57.15.

Willmar heads to the Bemidji Invitational on Saturday.

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (1) Rocori 2:01.38 (3) Willmar (Natalie Arends, Adia Laidlaw, Aubrey Schueler, Ana Hernandez) 2:08.21
200 FREESTYLE – (1) Kiana Gallinger, W, 2:09.18 (4) Cate Brogren, W, 2:17.77
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – (1) Ava Brogren, W, 2:19.98
50 FREESTYLE – (1) Edyn Saulsbury, W, 27.07 (2) Avery Welsh 27.18 (4) Allie Evink 27.82
DIVING – (1) Olivia Motter, R, 234.05 (3) Kim Joneson, W, 154.15 (4) Sophie Smith, W, 151.05
100 BUTTERFLY – (1) Lana Elfering, R, 1:06.25 (2) Schueler, W, 1:11.52 (4) Grace Vierhuf, W, 1:13.85 (5) Lily Thompson, W, 1:19.65
100 FREESTYLE – (1) Saulsbury, W, 58.56 (2) Welsh, W, 58.99 (5) Evink, W, 1:01.25
500 FREESTYLE – (1) Gallinger, W, 5:44.96 (5) C Brogren, W, 6:01.74
200 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Willmar (Saulsbury, Evink, Welsh, A Brogren) 1:46.54
100 BACKSTROKE – (1) Laney Schneider, R, 1:08.28 (3) Arends, W, 1:11.45 (5) Vierhuf, W, 1:16.10
100 BREASTSTROKE – (1) A Brogren, W, 1:11.94 (4) Laidlaw, W, 1:21.92 (5) Grace Bjur, W, 1:26.60

400 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Willmar (Gallinger, Shelby Reed, Welsh, A Brogren) 3:57.15