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Swimming: Stingrays are sharp at regional meet

MINNEAPOLIS -- The goal of any successful swim competition is to reach or surpass season-best times. On that account, and others, the Worthington Stingrays were outstanding April 7-8 in the Midwest Regional Meet at the University of Minnesota Aqu...

MINNEAPOLIS -- The goal of any successful swim competition is to reach or surpass season-best times.

On that account, and others, the Worthington Stingrays were outstanding April 7-8 in the Midwest Regional Meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

In eight of the Stingrays’ 17 individual events, seasonal or personal best times were established. And 13 of 16 entries bettered their seeding.

Three ribbons were earned by Stingrays in relay races. The girls medley and freestyle relay teams consisting of senior Jamie Newman, junior Hailey Cauwels, sophomore Grace Fields and freshman Sophie Wietzema won two ribbons. The boys medley relay team of senior Kyle Janssen, juniors Blaine Doeden and Anwar Farra and 11-year-old Ben Schreiber.

Nine teams from the Midwest, along with one team from California, competed at the regional meet. There were 82 teams and hundreds of swimmers involved.

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In individual events, Worthington’s Olivia Almodovar placed 56th in the girls 9-10 50-free. She was the 77th seed.

Cauwels placed 69th in the girls 15-18 50-free. Doeden was 60th in the boys 15-18 50-free.

Anwar J. Farra finished 18th in the boys 15-18 breaststroke and finished 56th in the boys 15-18 50-free. Christian Hooge placed 40th in the boys 9-10 100-free, 37th in the boys 9-10 50-back and 28th in the boys 9-10 50-free.

Garret Larson was seeded 52nd in the boys 8 and under 50-free but finished 44th.

Newman was 54th in the girls 15-18 50-free and 61st in the girls 15-18 100-free. Schreiber was seeded 37th in the boys 11-12 50-free but finished 23rd. Wietzema was the 112th seed in the girls 13-14 50-free but finished 93rd.

 

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