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The Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman swimmers usually win the Cambridge-Isanti Invitational and this year was no exception as the Elks took first among five teams. “We did not swim our best lineup, but we had many personal bests,” commented Luke Johnson, Elk coach. The Elks tallied 676.5 points, Spring Lake Park 513.5, Cambridge-Isanti 499, Princeton 266, and […]

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Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman swimmers were knocked from the unbeaten ranks by always-formidable neighbor St. Michael-Albertville 106-80 on Tuesday in the Knights pool.   “The Lady Knights were ready for the Elks challenge,” said Elk coach Luke Johnson. “Both teams swam very well tonight. STMA coach Greg Swenson complimented the Elks on having great depth.”   Carly […]

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The Elk River swimmers entered a strong University of Minnesota meet, the Maroon and Gold Invitational, for the first time, and placed eighth among 13 teams in the Gold division on Saturday. “In a group of 12 strong Minnesota teams and on great Wisconsin team, we took eighth place and just three points behind our […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Taylor Odegard made her first state swimming trip as a 95-pound eighth-grader and has gone back with relay teams every year since. That’s a pretty good career already, but this fall, the Elk River senior is closing with what could be her most exciting season. “We are doing really well,” […]

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Using a young lineup against an opponent that won’t win many meets, the Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman swimmers beat Park Center 96-87 in the Pirates pool on Tuesday evening. “We will take our captains, and otherwise you’ll see a lot of new names,” said coach Luke Johnson during Monday’s practice. Among the youngsters getting some varsity action […]

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Despite winning only four of 12 events, the Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman-Spectrum swimmers pulled out a 100-83 win over the Osseo Orioles on Thursday evening in Osseo.   “Our depth really won out tonight,” said Luke Johnson, Elks coach. “Scoring 2-3-4 is more points than first and fifth.”   Earning first-places for the Elks (3-0 in conference) […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Diving has been a weak link in Elk River girls swimming for several seasons, but that problem was addressed this year. That’s because Jenn Bartlett, renowned former gymnastics coach, joined the swim coaching staff and started recruiting divers. “You hear a lot of ooh’s and aaah’s in practice from […]

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