Swimming: Elks score in 4 events at state, have top finish (20th)


The Elk swimmers scored points in four events at the state Class AA meet Saturday evening, capped by a team-record performance in the 400 freestyle relay, the final event.

Aaron Schwab swam in the individual medley at state prelims Friday. He finished 16th in the finals Saturday. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

The Elk River-Zimmerman-Spectrum squad qualified for state in six events, their most ever, and scored in four of them, totaling 33 points for 20th place.


“That 400 relay was a great way to end a great season,” said coach Denise Eidem.


“We had the more points than we’ve ever had at state, and our highest finish, and this was the first time we had two guys in one event at state. It was a successful end to one of our most successful seasons.”


The 400 team of junior Jacob Christy, junior Collin Krueger, senior Friend Bechtel and sophomore Aaron Schwab placed 11th in 3:17.67. They broke the team record of 3:18.53 that’s stood since 1998.


Christy, who swam on the section champion quarter, had missed prelims Friday with illness, with Andy Lee subbing.


In the 100 backstroke, where the Elks doubled up, Schwab won the consolation heat, placing ninth in 54.32, and Bechtel was 10th in 54.48.


Bechtel also placed 13th in the 100 freestyle with 48.50 and Schwab was 16th in the individual medley with 2:02.99


The other two Elk events at state were the 200 and 500 freestyles in which Krueger was section champĀ  but didn’t make the top 16 in Friday’s preliminaries.

Collin Krueger swam in the 200 freestyle in prelims on Friday. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

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