Swimming: Krueger, Elks take C-I invitational; Maple Grove next

Collin Krueger led the way as the Elks swimmers finished 3-for-3 in invitationals by taking the Cambridge-Isanti Invitational on Saturday.

The Elk River-Zimmerman-Rogers-Spectrum co-op outscored runner-up Cambridge-Isanti 539.5 to 461 in a seven-team meet.

Krueger, a junior who transferred from Big Lake last year and sat out a year on JV, won the 200 and 500 freestyles, heading a rare 1-2-3-4 sweep in the latter. He also led of the 400 freestyle relay team that set a pool record.

It was Krueger, Andy Lee, Andy Olson and Brock Maxwell grabbing the top four slots in the 500.

“We’ve never had that happen on any of the teams I’ve coached,” said 18th-year head coach Denise Eidem, meaning a  1-2-3-4 sweep in a multiple-team meet.

The 400 team of Krueger, Jacob Christy, Friend Bechtel, and Aaron Schwab won in pool record 3:32.04.

Schwab also won the individual medley and took second in the backstroke.

The Elks are also 6-0 in dual meets. They only meet they failed to win in 10 outings this year was the one they wanted most, the section true-team, where they finished second to Brainerd.

Another big meet is coming up as the Elks, the NWSC west leader, will take on Maple Grove, the east leader, for the overall conference title, in Maple Grove on Tuesday. Maple Grove has a dynasty going in the conference and is the heavy favorite again.

Team scoring

1. Elk River-Zimmerman-Rogers-Spectrum 539.5

2. Cambridge-Isanti 461

3. Duluth 391

4. Forest Lake 313

5. Champlin Park 260

6. Faribault 238.5

7. Princeton 94

Elk leaders

200 medley relay — (4) Friend Bechtel, Peter Schultz, Aaron Schwab, Dan Webster, 1:48.68

200 freestyle — (1) Collin Krueger 1:50.93 (3) Andy Lee 1:55.21 (5) Andy Lee 1:59.33 (7) Ryan Pokorny 2:00.54

200 individual medley — (1) Schwab 2:07.03 (3) Schultz 2:10.71 (5) AJ Schlee 2:18.01

50 freestyle — (4) Jacob Christy 24.04 (8) Webster 24.69

Diving — no entrant

100 butterfly — (3) C. Lee 58.77 (2) Webster 59.86

100 freestyle — (2) F. Bechtel 50.64 (4) Christy 52.62

500 freestyle — (1) Krueger 5:08.45 (2) A.Lee 5:19.76 (3) Olson 5:26.55 (4) Brock Maxwell 5:29.53

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

100 backstroke — (2) Schwab 56.31 (3) F. Bechtel 57.29

100 breaststroke — (5) Schultz 1:07.95 (7) Trevor Springer 1:09.50

400 freestyle relay — (1) Krueger, Christy, Bechtel, Schwab, 3:32.04

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