Trip to finals eludes Range swimmers

MINNEAPOLIS — Iron Range swimmers had an outstanding regular season, but they came up a bit short against Minnesota’s best Friday at the Class A Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

None of the swimmers advanced to today’s finals after Friday’s preliminaries.

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Mesabi East sophomore Grace Brunfelt recorded an 18th place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:35.64. The Section 7A 500 freestyle champion qualified for state with a time of 5:34.15.

Virginia freshman Lauryn Devich captured the 19th spot in the 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:10.55. Devich was the Section 7A champion in the event with a time of 1:09.76 (a new Virginia record).

The Eveleth-Gilbert 200 freestyle relay team of freshman Elli Jankila, freshman Amara Carey, sophomore Carly George and sophomore Mollie Albrecht took the 20th spot on Friday after combining for a time of 1:43.87. The quartet won the section title with a time of 1:42.47.

Eveleth-Gilbert’s Elli Jankila captured 21st in the 50 freestyle after touching in a time of 25.00. She had finished second at the Section 7A meet with a time of 24.77 and earned a berth at state.

The 400 freestyle relay saw the Mesabi East unit of sophomore Hannah Nygaard, freshman Lydia Skelton, Brunfelt, and senior Isabelle Kalb finish in 21st with a time of 3:50.39. The Giants’ squad finished second at sections with a time of 3:46.47.

In the 200 freestyle, Brunfelt swam a 2:03.61, which was good for 23rd place. Teammate Kalb came home in 24th place with a time of 2:04.38. Brunfelt qualified for state after taking the Section 7A championship with a time of 2:02.78. Kalb was second at sections with a time of 2:03.43.

Mesabi East’s 200 medley relay team of Megan Williams, Kylie Meyer, Kalb and Hannah Nygaard swam a 1:55.77 to take 25th place. The Giants’ girls qualified for state after swimming a 1:53.36 at sections, which was better than the state qualifying standard of 1:54.66.

Section 7A champion Carly George of Eveleth-Gilbert continued to drop time in the 100 butterfly with a state mark of 1:01.95, which gave her 26th place. She came into the event with a seed time of 1:01.95.

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Mesabi East’s Kailey Fossell will compete in the diving finals today.

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