The season came to a close on Thursday for the Bemidji High School girls swimming and diving team at the Class A state prelims, but co-head coach Kristen McRae was pleased with what she saw in the pool at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota.
The Lumberjacks had five individuals competing over seven events. Paige Andersen picked up her best individual finish in the 50-yard freestyle, where she took 18th in a time of 24.75. She was also 18th in the 400 free relay -- alongside Gabbi Takkunen, Abby Yartz and Laura Davis -- finishing in 3:43.89.
Andersen was 19th in the 100 free with her time of 54.25, while she and Yartz, Davis and Claudia Vincent finished 27th in the 200 free relay at 1:42.95.
Elsewhere for BHS, Yartz took 23rd in the 100 backstroke (1:02.32) and 28th in the 200 IM (2:17.24). Davis’ time of 2:03.87 in the 200 free slotted her 25th, rounding out the day for Bemidji.
With team Section 8A titles in each of the last seven seasons, the Bemidji High School girls swimming and diving team is no stranger to the state meet at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
The Lumberjacks had their streak end this season, but they’ve sent five swimmers down to compete across seven events.
The Jacks took off from BHS Tuesday afternoon, will have a warm-up at the pool Wednesday morning and then the preliminary heats for the state meet begin at noon Thursday, Nov. 15, with the finals to follow on Friday, Nov. 16.
The Bemidji High School girls swimming and diving team will have a sizable contingent making the trip to state next week.
While the Lumberjacks’ streak of seven straight Section 8A team titles was snapped Saturday, they will be sending five swimmers across seven events to the Class A state meet as individuals.
The five state qualifiers will compete in the Class A state meet at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Nov. 15-16.