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Lakers qualify for consolation finals in all 4 events

BRIAN WIERIMA/DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS Laker junior Isaac Clem starts the 200-yard freestyle relay Friday, during the Class 1A state preliminaries inside the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.1 / 2
BRIAN WIERIMA/DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS Detroit Lakes senior Mike Okeson swims his leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay Friday during the Class 1A state preliminaries.2 / 2

MINNEAPOLIS - The season was extended by one day for all the Detroit Lakes state qualifiers, as each advanced to the finals Saturday inside the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Laker senior Carter Krengel made the finals in all four of his events, including his individual races of the 50 and 100-yard freestyles.

Each the 200 and 400-freestyle relay squads also will be competing in Saturday's finals, which start at noon.

"That was the goal, to go four-for-four," said DL head coach Rian Heimark. "We would have liked to have gotten Carter in the Championship finals at least in one of his events, but we'll take making Saturday anyways."

Krengel scored personal-best times in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events, while being just .2 of a second off the DLHS record in the 50.

He raced for a 22.15 Friday in the 50 freestyle preliminary for 10th place, while taking 12th in the 100 freestyle with a 48.44.

A swimmer needs to finish in the top eight to race in the Championship finals in each event. The bottom eight race for the consolation prize.

"After doing well in my first event (the 50 freestyle), I knew I had a chance to do well in all my events," Krengel said. "It gave me a first shadowing that I had a good taper over the week."

Krengel is also the anchor for each the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, as each also qualified for finals action Saturday.

The 200 freestyle team of junior Isaac Clem, senior Mike Okeson, junior Austin McCullough and Krengel combined for a 1:32.08 for 15th place.

"We had personal best times in both relay events," Heimark said. "Austin had his fastest sprint split time of the season, while Isaac and Jared (Olson on the 400) were close to their best times."

The 400 freestyle relay team of Clem, Okeson, Olson and Krengel notched a time of 3:23.32 for 10th place.

"We kept our same spot as our seeding, so that was good," Krengel said. "I will go my hardest tomorrow and just do my best."

Now it's all or nothing Saturday, as the Lakers prepare for the last meet of the season.

"Now, you leave it all in the pool, because you have nothing to save it for," Heimark said. "Go 150-percent and do your best."

Laker results

Class 1A state swimming and diving meet in the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2.

Preliminaries, Friday, March 1

DL event results (*qualify for finals): 50-yard freestyle: *10. Carter Krengel 22.15...100 freestyle: *12. Krengel 48.44...200 freestyle relay: *15. DL (Isaac Clem, Mike Okeson, Austin McCullough, Krengel) 1:32.08...400 freestyle relay: 10. DL (Clem, Okeson, Jared Olson, Krengel) 3:23.32.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.