The Detroit Lakes swimming and diving team captured a fourth consecutive Section 8A True Team championship by more than 100 points Saturday, Oct. 6 in Warroad.

The Lakers won nine of 12 events of the seven-team meet scoring 1233 points to Bemidji’s 1,105.5 in second place. Park Rapids placed third with 927.5, followed by Thief River Falls 823,  Perham-New York Mills-Henning 767, Warroad 665, and Crookston with 325 points.

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The Laker first place finishes included the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 IM, Diving, 100 Fly, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay, 100 Breaststroke and 400 Free Relay.

Gold-medalists were: the 200 medley team of Josie Retz, Syd Gulon, Jen Tracy and Lucy Steinke; 200 Free-Kaitlyn Peterson; 200 IM-Jennifer Tracy; Diving-Lexi Yliniemi; 100 Butterfly-Jen Tracy; 500 Free-Syd Gulon; 200 freestyle team of Evan  Westrum, Maddie Henderson, Chelsy Johnson, Kaitlyn Peterson; 100 Breaststroke-Syd Gulon and the 400 freestyle relay team of Jen Tracy, Lucy Steinke, Kaitlyn Peterson, Syd Gulon.

Along with the first-place finishers, other medalists with top eight finishes included: the B 200 medley team of Main Westrum, Madi Gerdes, Lexi Gerdes and Faith Hamm placed 5th; Faith Hamm finished third and Josie Retz eighth in the 200-free; Lexi Gerdes finished second and Marin Westrum seventh in the individual medley; Lucy Steinke finished second and Maddie Henderson sixth in the 50-free; Kennedy Hegg was eighth in diving; Evan Westrum finished third and Lexi Gerdes eighth in 100-butterfly; Chelsy Johnson finished second and Lucy Steinke third in the 100-free with Maddie Henderson in eighth. Kaitlyn Peterson was the 500-freestyle runner-up with Hamm in third and Ellie Staley in seventh. In the 100 breaststroke, Madi Gerdes was the runner-up, Chelsy Johnson third and Staley finished fifth. The B 400-free relay team of Chelsy Johnson, Faith Hamm, Maddie Henderson, Evan Westrum placed third.

The Lakers advanced to the Class A State True Team meet to be held at the University of Minnesota Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon. This is the fifth straight state appearance for DL. The Lakers placed 11th in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and placed 12th in 2014.

Section 8A True Team Championships

200 Medley Relay

  1. DL A (Retz, Gulon, Tracy, Steinke) 1:56.58
  2. DL B M. Westrum, M. Gerdes, A. Gerdes, Hamm. 2:10.91

200 Free

  1. Peterson, Kaitlyn 2:05.43
  2. Hamm, Faith 2:14.22
  3. Retz, Josie 2:20.85

200 IM

  1. Tracy, Jennifer 2:15.10
  2. Gerdes, Lexi 2:31.38
  3. Westrum, Marin 2:39.81

50 Free

  1. Steinke, Lucy 26.27
  2. Westrum, Evan 27.06

1m Diving (11 Dives)

  1. Yliniemi, Lexi 407.45

8  Hegg, Kennedy 266.79

100 Fly

  1. Tracy, Jennifer 59.05
  2. Westrum, Evan 1:06.25
  3. Gerdes, Lexi 1:10.31

100 Free

  1. Johnson, Chelsy 58.40
  2. Steinke, Lucy 58.42
  3. Henderson, Maddie 1:02.89

500 Free

  1. Gulon, Sydney 5:25.20
  2. Peterson, Kaitlyn 5:45.76
  3. Hamm, Faith 5:58.25
  4. Staley, Ellie 6:08.38

200 Free Relay

  1. DL A (E. Westrum, Henderson, Johnson, Peterson) 1:47.84
  2. DL B (A. Gerdes, M. Westrum, Martin, Bolar) 1:56.74

100 Back

  1.  Retz, Josie 1:07.35
  2. Westrum, Marin 1:14.53

100 Breast

  1. Gulon, Sydney  1:11.9
  2. Gerdes, Madi 1:15.21
  3. Johnson, Chelsy 1:16.09
  4. Staley, Ellie 1:18.49

400 Free Relay

  1. DL A  (Tracy, Steinke, Peterson, Gulon) 3:48.41
  2. DL B (Johnson, Hamm, Henderson, Westrum)  4:05.85
  3. DL C (Martin, Bolar, Staley, Retz) 4:21.59