by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Courtney Grunewald of Elk River and Jessica Young of Rogers will medal in two events each at the state swimming meet Saturday after each advanced to the finals in the preliminaries Friday at the University of Minnesota.
Grunewald, a senior, will swim in the Class AA individual medley and butterfly finals in the evening (starting 6 p.m.) and Young will swim in the Class A 200 and 500 freestyle finals in the afternoon (starting noon).
The Elks will also medal in the 200 medley relay, while two other Elk state entrants will swim in the consolation finals.
Grunewald had the third-best butterfly time, 55.95, lowering the school record from the 56.10 she posted in winning Section 8AA. The leader is Chanhassen’s Zoe Avestruz with 55.02.
Grunewald was fifth in the IM prelims with 2:05.74, just ahead of her 2:05.81 at section. Stillwater’s Sophie Bisch led with 2:04.86.
Young placed fifth in the 500 prelims with 5:14.41, lowering her personal best from the 5:16.72 she had at the section meet. Thomasin Lee of Chisago Lakes led with 5:05.02. In the 200, Young had the seventh-best 200 time, 1:57.00, shaving 3/4 of a second off her section time. The leader was Northfield’s Claire Walters in 1:54.01.
The Elk 200 freestyle team of Grunewald Taylor Odegard, Samantha Hendricks and Allison Schwab had the fourth-best prelim tim, 1:38.11, a half-second off their section-winning time of 1:37.60. Armstrong leads with 1:36.59.
The Elks just missed the finals in the 200 medley with ninth place, which puts them in the consolation finals. Emma Johnson, Schwab Grunewald and Taylor Odegard finished in 1:49.53, over a second behind their school record 1:48.32 at section.
Schwab will swim in the 50 freestyle consolation finals after placing 16th in the prelims with 24.55, which was under the 24.74 she posted at the section. In the breaststroke, Schwab was not at her best, placing 25th with 1:08.69, after getting 1:07.57 at the section.
Rogers freshman Alaina Sylverster placed 17th in the breaststroke prelims, with the top 16 advancing to the championship and consolation finals. Her time was 1:10.98, a little off her section time of 1:09.73.
Elk River and Rogers athletes swim on the same team in the regular season (along with Zimmerman) but must split for sections and state.