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