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Gulon, Tracy reach state swimming championship podium

Junior Syd Gulon earned a pair of championship medals placing eighth in the 500-freestyle and 100-breaststroke Saturday at the Class A Swimming and Diving championships in Minneapolis. Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune

Junior Syd Gulon and freshman Jennifer Tracy each reached the championship podium at the Minnesota Class A state swimming and diving competition Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

Along with senior Ella Henderson and relay swimmers sophomore Lucy Steinke and junior Josie Retz, the Lakers scored a total of 79 points in the championship and consolation finals to finish in the top 10 in team rankings out of 39 teams.

Gulon had a pair of championship finishes placing eighth in both the 500-freestyle and 100-breaststroke.


Tracy recorded the Lakers top finish at the meet moving up from being seeded eighth to finishing in sixth place in the 100-butterfly.

The 400-freestyle relay team of Gulon, Tracy, Steinke and Henderson set a new school record time of 3:38.50 to place seventh. The foursome was the first DL relay team to place in the championship finals in the past two decades.

Tracy placed 11th in the 200 individual medley.

Henderson finished in 13th place in the 50-free. She is a member of all three school record relay teams and holds the 50-freestyle record. Henderson will swim at St. Catherine University in St. Paul next season.

The Lakers began the day with a 12th place finish in the 200-Medley relay with Retz, Gulon, Tracy and Henderson swimming a time of 1:51.90.

Visitation won a fifth consecutive team title holding off Hutchinson by only 6.5 points. Delano placed third with 241.

Minnesota State Class A Swimming and Diving championships

Team results (Top 10 of 39):

  1. Visitation 247.5
  2. Hutchinson 241
  3. Delano 183
  4. Breck School 173
  5. Sartell - St Stephen 161.5
  6. Blake School 144.5
  7. Faribault 139.5
  8. Monticello 120
  9. Hill-Murray School 88
  10. Detroit Lakes 79

Detroit Lakes state finishes:

200-Medley relay

  1. (Retz, Gulon, Tracy, Henderson) 1:51.90

200 IM

  1. Jennifer Tracy 2:13.32

50 Freestyle

13 Ella Henderson 24.63

100 Butterfly

  1. Jennifer Tracy  2:13.32

500 Freestyle

  1. Syd Gulon 5:21.15

100 Breaststroke

  1. Syd Gulon 1:07.76

400 Freestyle relay

  1. (Gulon, Tracy, Steinke, Henderson) 3:38.50
Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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