Bemidji High School senior Sam Hendricks wrapped up his decorated swimming career on Friday in the Class A state swimming and diving prelims at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Hendricks competed in the 500-yard freestyle for the third straight season. He finished 22nd of 27 on Friday with a time of 5:06.75.
Sam Hendricks will make his third consecutive appearance in the Class A state boys swimming and diving meet Friday in Minneapolis. Swimming prelims are set to begin at noon at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
The senior is the lone Bemidji High School swimmer to qualify for this year’s state meet. He will race in the 500-yard freestyle after finishing second at last weekend’s Section 5A meet with a time of 5:03.10.
Hendricks will attempt to best his 12th-place finish of one year ago when he clocked a time of 5:02.81 in the finals. He placed 16th as a sophomore in the event two years with a finals time of 5:08.16.
Sam Hendricks is heading back to state for the Bemidji High School boys swimming and diving team.
With a time of 5:03.10, the Lumberjack senior came in second place in the 500 freestyle at the Section 5A championship meet in Sartell on Saturday. Both his time and his place were good enough to send him to next week’s Class A state meet in Minneapolis.
As a team, Bemidji finished fifth among the 10-team field with 214 points. Alexandria claimed the section championship by a point with 490, just ahead of Sartell-St. Stephen’s 489. Melrose-Sauk Centre (277) and Fergus Falls (219) rounded out the top four.
The Class A state meet spans from Thursday, Feb. 28, to Saturday, March 2, at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.