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Freeman caps diving career with state bronze

Laker senior Zane Freeman held position to place third after the final round of diving at the Minnesota Class A state meet Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis. Robert Williams/Tribune

Zane Freeman was awarded the third best total score for his final three dives to finish his Laker diving career with a career-best bronze medal finish Saturday at the University of Minnesota;s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Freeman trailed semifinal leader Jack Cuddy of Northfield and Ebenezer Ojo of Simley heading into Saturday’s final.

Ojo trailed Cuddy by less than two points and scored 130.8 on his final three dives to win the Class A diving championship with a score of 436.45. Cuddy placed second after scoring 123.65 for a silver medal total of 431.7.


Freeman scored 126.15 in the finals, behind only Ojo and fourth-place finisher Joshua Halloran of Simley (129.7), for the best score in the final round.

Freeman’s third place score was 392.45, over 20 points better than Halloran’s 372.25. Halloran jumped three places after sitting seventh in the semis.

Section 5A runner-up to Freeman, Spencer Fritze of Park Rapids, placed seventh with a score of 340.25 after entering the finals in fifth place.

Fergus Falls’ Caleb Neubauer scored 318.75 to finish 11th overall. Fellow Otter Evan Erlandson finished in 14th place with 300.85 points.

2017 MSHSL Boys A Swim & Dive Championships, Saturday, March 4

1 Ebenezer Ojo, Simley 436.45

2 Jack Cuddy, Northfield 431.7

3 Zane Freeman, Detroit Lakes 392.45

4 Joshua Halloran, Simley 372.25

5 Davis Harrington Breck/Blake 370.3

6 Jack Grabinski, Sauk Rapids-Rice 345.1

7 Spencer Fritze, Park Rapids Area 340.25

8 Jack Sampson, Monticello 333.2

9 Riley Norton, Austin 327.5

10 Will Kangas-Olson, Grand Rapids 324.3

11 Caleb Neubauer, Fergus Falls 318.75

12 Elijah Grabinski, Sauk Rapids-Rice 315.7

13 Cade Boraas, Monticello 308.6

14 Evan Erlandson, Fergus Falls 300.85

15 Alex Schrock, Orono 298.6

16 Riley Pernat, Hibbing 281.6

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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