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Laker swimmers reach finals in seven events, bust six school records

Syd Gulon swims a school record time in the 100-yard breaststroke event during the MSHSL State Swimming Meet prelims Friday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Photos courtesy: Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune

Detroit Lakes swimmers will make appearances in more than half of the state finals qualifying for seven events on championship day Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Minnesota Freeman Aquatic Center.

The team has broken records habitually this season and that did not change on the biggest stage.

“It's a happy day for the team,” said head coach Carol McCarthy. “Each and everyone at this meet has worked so very hard, all of them great athletes and part of Lakers’ sports history now.”


Six school records went down Friday: the 200-medley and 400-free relays, Syd Gulon in the 500, 100-free and 100-breaststroke, and Ella Henderson in the 50-free.

Henderson had held both the 50 and 100 school records until Gulon broke the 100 on the first leg of the 400-free relay at sections and again Friday in the same position.

Gulon placed fifth in the 500-freestyle and eighth in the breaststroke to lead the team with two individual places in the championship finals. Her breaststroke time knocked off the school mark of Melissa Paakh from 2009 (1:08.02).

Both relay teams already held the former mark and Gulon held the 500 record, while Henderson has owned both sprint marks since last season.

Jennifer Tracy placed eighth to make the A finals in the butterfly.

Both Gulon and Tracy started off the 400-freestyle relay team with Lucy Steinke and Ella Henderson that placed seventh in prelims in a time of 3:38.64 to swim for a state title Saturday.

The team set a new 400 school record at sections of 3:42.85 and blew it away Friday with a new mark of 3:38.64.


The top eight finishes advance to the A finals; ninth through 16th move on the B finals.

The 200-medley team of Josie Retz, Gulon, Tracy and Henderson placed 11th swimming a prelim time of 1:51.27.

Tracy finished 12th in the individual medley (2:13.72); Henderson swam 24.70 to finish 14th in the 50-free.

Other preliminary finishes: Henderson 21st in the 100-free (54.91); Kaitlyn Peterson 25th in the 200-free (2:06.12) and Evan Westrum 28th in the butterfly (1:03.00).

The finals will begin Saturday, Nov. 18 at noon.

School records broken Friday

  • 200-Medley relay

2016 (Retz, Gulon, Tracy, Henderson) 1:53.04;

2017 new record (Retz, Gulon, Tracy, Henderson) 1:51.27

  • 400-free relay

2017 (Henderson, Steinke, Tracy, Gulon) 3:45.68

2017 new record (Gulon, Tracy, Steinke, Henderson) 3:38.64

  • 500-freestyle

2016 Gulon 5:13.44

2017 new record Gulon 5:12.72

  • 100-breaststroke

2009 Melissa Paakh 1:08.02

2017 new record Gulon 1:07.00

  • 50-freestyle

2016 Henderson 24.82

2017 new record Henderson 24.70

  • 100-freestyle

2017 Gulon 54.49

2017 new record Gulon 54.33

Minnesota Class A Swimming preliminaries

200 Medley relay

1 Faribault 1:46.81

11 DL (Retz, Gulon, Tracy, Henderson) 1:51.27

200 Freestyle

1 Lexi Kucera, Hutchinson 1:51.65

25 Kaitlyn Peterson, DL 2:06.12

200 Individual Medley

1 Kali Fischer, Visitation 2:05.28

12 Jennifer Tracy, DL 2:13.72

50 Freestyle

1 Makayla Suominen, C-E-C 23.37

14 Ella Henderson, DL 24.70

100 Butterfly

1 Madison Potter, Blake School 55.50

8 Jennifer Tracy, DL 58.31

28 Evan Westrum, DL 1:03.00

100 Freestyle

1 Lexi Kucera, Hutchinson 51.17

21 Ella Henderson, DL 54.91

500 Freestyle

1 Hailey Farrell, Hutchinson 5:02.04

5 Syd Gulon, DL 5:12.72

100 Breaststroke

1 Jordyn Wentzel, Delano 1:04.53

8 Syd Gulon, DL 1:07.00

400 Freestyle relay

1 Hutchinson 3:31.27

7 DL (Gulon, Tracy, Steinke, Henderson) 3:38.64

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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