Swimming: Elks champs at Laker Invitational

The Elk River-Zimmerman swimmers picked up their second straight invitational victory Saturday, in a new event on the schedule, the Laker Invitational.

The Elks won three  events and scored points with every swim to place first among five teams St. Catherine in St. Paul.

They prevailed by a 584 to 543 margin over the host team, Minneapolis Southwest/Washburn/Henry, which had won this event the last three years.

As was the case when the Elks won the Spring Lake Park Invitational a week earlier, they had no diving enrants, meaning that they started the swimming events 40 points behind.

First-place points were earned by Collin Krueger in the 200 freestyle, Friend Bechtel in the  butterfly, and Aaron Schwab in the backstroke.

The Elks, 4-0 in duals, will swim at Anoka on Thursday evening.

Team scoring

1. Elk River-Zimmerman 584

2. Minneapolis Southwest-Washburn-Henry 543

3. Robinsdale Armstrong 365

4. Richfield 353

5. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 303

Elk leaders

200 medley relay — (2) Friend Bechtel, Peter Schultz, Aaron Schwab, Daniel Webster, 1:46.53

200 freestyle — (1) Collin Krueger 1:50.95 (5) Andy Lee 1:56.20 (7) Andy Olson 1:59.45 (10) Brock Maxwell 2:06.22

200 individual medley — (3) Schwab 2:09.91 (4) Schultz 2:09.93 (8) A.J. Schlee 2:19.31 (12) Alex Kopp  2:31.22

50 freestyle — (5) Webster 23.73 (7) Jacob Christy  24.24 (11) Joe Held 25.36 (13) Obrey Bechtel 25.97

Diving — no entry

100 butterfly — (1) F. Bechtel 1:01.17 (3) Trevor Springer 1:04.60 (4) Mackenzie Chamberlain 1:06.16 (7) Kopp 1:08.36

100 freestyle — (5) Christy 52.15 (6) Krueger 52.18 (7) Webster 52.52 (12) Held 56.58

500 freestyle — (3) Olson 5:17.89 (5) A. Lee 5:19.04 (6) Maxwell 5:30.21 (9) Ryan Pokorny 5:32.02

200 freestyle relay — (3) Webster, Christy, Schultz, Krueger, 1:35.51

100 backstroke — (1) Schwab 56.97 (3) F. Bechtel 59.78 (9) Spencer Hlavachek 1:06.57 (10) Nicholas Kopp 1:09.87

100 breaststroke — (2) Schultz 1:07.15 (3) Springer 1:10.61 (5) Schlee 1:13.92 (9) Aaron ling 1:17.01

400 freestyle relay — (3) Krueger, F. Bechtel, Christy, Schwab, 3:30.54

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