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Lakers turn their attention to Section 8A championships after second place Mid State Conference meet finish

Detroit Lakes results from the Mid State Conference meet in Park Rapids on Oct. 28.

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Faith Hamm swims the 200-yard freestyle in Detroit Lakes' second-place finish at the Mid State Conference championships on Oct. 28, 2021. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

The Detroit Lakes girls swimming and diving team came away with four all-conference winners and a podium finish in all 12 events on Thursday night at the Mid State meet in Park Rapids.

The Lakers kicked off the swimming portion with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. Marin Westrum, Madi Gerdes, Cora Martin and Lexi Gerdes brought home the first all-conference honor with a time of 2:03.46. Faith Hamm took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:05.01, while Lexi Gerdes won the 100-yard butterfly (1:05.37). Madi Gerdes rounded out the all-conference finishes with a 1:12.82 time in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Every second and third-place finish was named an all-conference honorable mention. The Lakers had 14 podium finishes in total.

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Marian Matrin swims the 200-yard breaststroke in Detroit Lakes' second-place finish at the Mid State Conference championships on Oct. 28, 2021. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

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“The Lakers had some impressive performances Thursday night,” Detroit Lakes head coach Carol Fischer said. “Our divers, once again, started us out with some solid dives. Juniors and seniors led the swimmers. A couple of our younger swimmers had some decent time drops–Marian Martin in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard freestyle, and Emmery Wheeling in the 500 free.”

“As we head into the postseason, we have an idea of who we will be up against in two weeks at the Section 8A Championship,” Fischer said. “The meet will be very competitive, and there will be some great racing as individuals set their eyes on the State meet. I think everyone is excited to have a two-day section meet again.”

Sections will be on Nov. 12 and 13, with the preliminary races on day one leading into the finals on day two at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

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Marin Westrum swims to a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke in Detroit Lakes' second-place team finish at the Mid State Conference championships on Oct. 28, 2021. (Vance Carlson / Forum News Service)

DETROIT LAKES TOP THREE FINISHES

200Y MEDLEY RELAY- 1st- Marin Westrum, Madi Gerdes, Cora Martin, Lexi Gerdes 2:03.46; 200Y FREE- 1st- Faith Hamm 2:05.01; 200Y IM- 3rd- Madi Gerdes 2:33.88; 50Y FREE- 3rd- Marin Westrum 27.11; DIVING- 3rd- Hope Hamm 329.80; 100Y FLY- 1st- Lexi Gerdes 1:05.37; 2nd- Cora Martin 1:08.57; 100Y- 2nd- Faith Hamm 56.84; 500Y FREE- 3rd- Quinn Rogstad 6:18.40; 200Y FREE RELAY- 2nd- Faith Hamm, Cora Martin, Quinn Rogstad, Rylie Wendt 1:51.72; 100Y BACK- 3rd- Marin Westrum 1:10.44; 100Y BREAST- 1st- Madi Gerdes 1:12.82; 2nd- Lexi Gerdes 1:14.57; 400Y FREE RELAY- 2nd- Faith Hamm, Rylie Wendt, Quinn Rogstad, Marin Westrum 4:00.00

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