The Detroit Lakes swimming and diving team finished with a top 20 scoring mark for the third consecutive season at the Minnesota Class A state swimming and diving championships held at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis Nov 14-16.

The Lakers combined for 28 points to finish in 19th place out of 46 teams.

Eight swimmers advanced to Saturday’s finals. The top eight move on to championship finals in swimming; nine through 16 advance in consolation.

Junior Jennifer Tracy had a big day advancing to the individual medley and butterfly, along with DL’s medley and 400 free relay teams.

Tracy finished 11th overall in both the IM (2:11.72) and butterfly (58.90).

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The 200 Medley team of Lucy Steinke, Madi Gerdes, Tracy and Evan Westrum finished in 12th place with a time of 1:53.19.

Sophomore Madi Gerdes swims her butterfly portion of the medley relay during Friday's state preliminaries in Minneapolis. Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune
Sophomore Madi Gerdes swims her butterfly portion of the medley relay during Friday's state preliminaries in Minneapolis. Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune

The 400 Freestyle team of Tracy, Chelsy Johnson, Faith Hamm and Kaitlyn Peterson placed 16th (3:45.69).

Senior Diver Jackson Hegg got the meet started Thursday with a 12th place finish after preliminaries and the semifinals scoring 247.45 points. Perham’s Dena Fischer was in play for a podium finish with a fifth place score of 263.25 heading to the final three dives on Saturday.

Seniors Dena Fischer of Perham and Detroit Lakes' Jackson Hegg finished their diving careers in the championship finals of the 1-meter springboard Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota. Submitted photo
Seniors Dena Fischer of Perham and Detroit Lakes' Jackson Hegg finished their diving careers in the championship finals of the 1-meter springboard Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota. Submitted photo

The Section 8 duo finished near each other in the final standings - Fischer in 11th place (343.85), Hegg in 13th (334.75). All four Section 8 divers placed with Mady Schmidt of Bemidji leading the group in ninth place (345.20) and Addie Albrecht of Grand Rapids in 12th (338.70).

Stiff competition kept the Lakers out of the championship finals after Friday’s prelims.

Tracy was less than a second off the pace for the 200 IM finals with a 10th place time of 2:11.81 and just missed the butterfly final eight by 0.27 seconds (58.30).

Gerdes finished 17th (1:10.19) in the 100 breaststroke.

Steinke touched in 20th position (1:03.58) in the 100 backstroke.

Evan Westrum, pictured, and teammate Jennifer Tracy battled in the same heat of the 100 butterfly during Friday's state prelims at the University of Minnesota.  Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune
Evan Westrum, pictured, and teammate Jennifer Tracy battled in the same heat of the 100 butterfly during Friday's state prelims at the University of Minnesota. Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune

Westrum competed in the same heat as Tracy in the 100 butterfly placing 22nd overall (1:01.30).

Kaitlyn Peterson placed 25th in the 200 free (1:59.84) and 24th in the 500 free (5:29.78).

The Lakers two qualifying relay teams: the 200 Medley (Steinke, Gerdes, Tracy, Westrum) advanced in 12th place (1:52.60) and the 400 Free team of Tracy, Johnson, Hamm and Peterson were 16th (3:45.10).

The 200 Free relay team (Westrum, Steinke, Johnson, Peterson) missed the finals by 0.72 seconds in 18th place (1:42.63).

Lucy Steinke just breaks the surface of the water during her 100 backstroke preliminary heat Friday, Nov. 15 at the state swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis. Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune
Lucy Steinke just breaks the surface of the water during her 100 backstroke preliminary heat Friday, Nov. 15 at the state swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis. Brian Basham / Special to the Tribune

One state record fell Friday in the 400-free relay. Hutchinson’s Grace Hanson, Madison Witte, Hailey Farrell and Lexi Kucera set a new mark of 3:27.06. Kucera is the only senior of the group. The quartet repeated the feat in the finals winning the race and breaking the record again with a time of 3:26.41.

Hanson got on the state board twice tying the 50 freestyle meet record of 22.79, joining Albert Lea’s Lindsey Horejsi (2015).

Delano freshman Emma Kern set a new 100 backstroke meet record in 55.68.

Visitation captured the team title with 318 points, followed by Hutchinson 250. Delano and Sauk Centre tied for third place with 145 points each.

Detroit Lakes’ 28 points tied with Winona in 19th place.

The Lakers will return an experienced team with only three teammates departing to graduation in 2020. The meet was the last Laker competition for senior captains Hegg, Steinke and Johnson.



Minnesota Class A swimming and diving championships, Minneapolis, Nov. 14-16

Class A Swim prelims (top 8 advance to championship finals, 9-16 to B Finals)

Thursday 1m Diving Prelims/Semis

5. Dena Fischer, Perham 172.10, 263.25

12. Jackson Hegg 168.20, 247.45

Saturday diving finals

11. Fischer 343.85

13. Hegg 334.75

Friday swimming Prelims

200 Medley relay - (Steinke, Gerdes, Tracy, Westrum) 12th 1:52.60

200 free - Kaitlyn Peterson 25th 1:59.84

200 IM - Jennifer Tracy 10th 2:11.81

100 fly - Jennifer Tracy 10th 58.30

100 fly - Evan Westrum 22nd 1:01.30

500 free - Kaitlyn Peterson 24th 5:29.78

200 Free relay - (Westrum, Steinke, Johnson, Peterson) 18th 1:42.63

100 back - Lucy Steinke 20th 1:03.58

100 breast - Madi Gerdes 17th 1:10.19

400 Free relay - (Tracy, Johnson, Hamm, Peterson) 16th 3:45.10

Saturday finals

200 IM - Jennifer Tracy 11th, 2:11.72

100 fly - Jennifer Tracy 11th, 58.90

1m Diving Jackson Hegg 13th, 334.75

200 Medley (Steinke, Gerdes, Tracy, Westrum) 12th, 1:53.19

400 Free (Tracy, Johnson, Hamm, Peterson) 16th, 3:45.69