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Swimming: Stingrays sharp as state approaches

WINONA -- It's tournament-time for the Worthington Stingrays swim team, and several local competitors rose to the occasion Saturday in a sectional meet in Winona.

WINONA -- It’s tournament-time for the Worthington Stingrays swim team, and several local competitors rose to the occasion Saturday in a sectional meet in Winona.

Twelve Stingrays swam their personal bests in three events. They were Olivia Almodovar, Zack Bos, Madison Bruns, Emily Clerc, Martha Garcia-Fonseca, Emma Harren, Wyatt Kirchner, Coyer Robinson, Kolton Robinson, Ben Schreiber, Jordan Schreiber and Alan Steve.

The Stingrays also had six swimmers with personal-best times in two events and 12 others with one personal best.

Two swimmers competed in an event for the first time this season, giving themselves a chance to gain a spot at the state meet. Elliot DeRoo, age 7, swam the 50 free and placed seventh overall with a time of 1:32.06. Marah Darling, 14, swam the 1,000-yard freestyle and finished it in 15:28.96, which placed her fifth. She may be called up to the state meet later due to the excellent time she logged.

The state meet is Feb. 24 at the Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

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The following Stingrays have already qualified for state competition:

Carmen Almodovar, Gatlin Bos, Gerrit Bos, Zack Bos, Hailey Cauwels, Emily Clerk, Emily Dahlquist, Even Hansberger, Emma Haren, Wyatt Kirchner, Gerrett Larson, Hannah McNab, Jacob Mills, Ben Schreiber, Isaac Schreiber, Marah Darling, Blaine Doeden, Elliot Espenson, Anwar Farra, Grace Fields, Grace Gaalswyk, Martha Garcia-Fonseca, Lance Gordon, Liam Gordon, Luke Gordon and Alana Steve.

Gerrit and Zack Bos, Gerret Larson, Ben Schreiber, Blaine Doeden and Anwar Farra have qualified for state in three events.

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