Swimming: Elks hosting sectionals; two leaders in contention for state after prelims

Action in the 400 freestyle relay with St. Cloud Tech in the nearest lane and Elk River in the next lane. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River swimming standouts Collin Krueger and Aaron Schwab are in contention for state berth’s after Section 8AA preliminaries Friday, a meet hosted by the Elks at VandenBerge.

Krueger, a senior, had the best prelim time in the 200 freestyle (1:47.57) and second-bestĀ  in the 100 freestyle (49.15)

Owen Musgjerd advanced to consolation finals in the breaststroke. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Schwab, a junior, had the second-best time in individual medley (2:03.30) and fourth-best in the backstroke (56.48).

Meanwhile, Odrey Bechtel had the fourth-best 50 free time (22.96) for a trip to Saturday’s finals and 12th- best in the 200 free for a slot in the consolation finals.

The Elks tied for third-best time in the 400 freeststyle relay with Krueger, Christy, Alex Kopp and Schwab, and fourth-best in the 200 medley relay with (Krueger, Schwab, Alex Kopp, and Nick Kopp. The 200 free group was sixth.

Back for consolation finals Saturday will be Spencer Hlavacheck (200 free, 500 free), Jacob Christy (50 free, 100 free), Alex Kopp (butterfly), Nick Kopp (backstroke), Mack Chamberlain (butterfly), and Owen Musgjerd (500 free, breaststroke),

Rogers, competing separately, has one swimmer in the consolation finals Saturday, Derek Jacobsen in the 50 free and backstroke. The Royals placed seventh in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

On Saturday, diving preliminaries will start at noon. Swimming and diving finals will start 4 p.m.

Other schools on hand are Maple Grove, Brainerd, St. Cloud Tech, St. Michael-Albertville, Buffalo, and Moorhead.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s Andy OlsonĀ  has made the finals in Section 7A at Grand Rapids, placing seven in the individual medley and eighth in the 500 free in Thursday’s prelims. Finals start 3 p.m. Saturday. For the first time, Zimmerman athletes on the Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman-Spectrum team must compete separately in sectionals, as Rogers has for years.