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Girls swimming and diving: Hamm, Lorentz represent area swimmers on day two of Class A state meet

Detroit Lakes' Faith Hamm and Perham-New York Mills' Brittney Lorentz qualified for finals events at the Class A state girls swimming and diving meet on Friday. Detroit Lakes' Hope Hamm, Emily Peterson, Marin Westrum and Rylie Wendt, along with Perham-New York Mills' Taylor Ziemke and Avery McAllister also competed in the state preliminaries.

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Perham-New York Mills' Brittney Lorentz finishes in first place in the diving competition on Nov. 9, 2022 in Park Rapids at the Section 8A diving competition. Lorentz finished in ninth place at the Class A state diving competition on Friday morning at the University of Minnesota.
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MINNEAPOLIS – Swimmers and divers from Detroit Lakes and Perham-New York Mills showed out at the Class A championships at the University of Minnesota.

Perham-New York Mills’ Brittney Lorentz took ninth place in the diving competition with a score of 337.55. She was just under four points away from finishing on the podium behind Alexandria’s Erica Johnson (341.05).

Lorentz has the seventh-highest score in the semifinal round. She totaled 252.6. Her teammate, Avery McAllister, just missed a finals spot with an 18th-place finish (209.15).

Of the 30 total divers, 20 of them qualified for the semifinals in the preliminary round. Lorentz had the fourth-best score at 167.00, followed by McAllister in 19th (139.10). Detroit Lakes’ Hope Hamm finished just outside the top 20 with a 22nd-place score of 131.80.

Detroit Lakes’ Faith Hamm qualified for the finals in the 200-yard freestyle. Her preliminary time of 2:00.48 was 15th overall. She took 15th place in the finals race with a time of 2:01.56.

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Detroit Lakes' Faith Hamm swims the freestyle in a home dual against Moorhead on Sept. 20, 2022 at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
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Faith Hamm also swam in the 500-yard freestyle. She finished in 18th place in the prelims with a time of 5:30.45. She was less than two seconds away from a finals spot.

The Detroit Lakes team of Marin Westrum, Rylie Wendt, Emily Peterson and Faith Hamm took 23rd place in the preliminary 400-yard freestyle relay race. Perham-New York Mills’ Taylor Ziemke finished in 24th place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.70.

Visitation was named the Class A state champions with a team score of 156. Mound Westonka-Holy Family finished in second with a score of 87, followed by Delano in third (72.5).

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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