By PATRICK SLACK
Little Falls posted 15 top-five finishes to earn second place at the Granite Ridge Conference meet in Sartell, Saturday, with Foley winning the meet on the strength of its relay teams.
The depth of the Flyers was on full display throughout the day, as they overcame not having any individual champions by receiving points from every member of their team.
Leading Little Falls were three runner-up performances, including sophomore Makyla Klever in the 100-yard freestyle (58.42), sophomore Gabby Lyter in diving (323.6) and the 200 medley relay team of eighth-grader Allie Foote, sophomore Abby Swanson, Klever and junior Mati Gold (2:03.91)
Klever added a third-place finish in the 50 free (26.81) and Foote earned third in the 500 free (5:58.13), with the pair teaming up with Gold and eighth-grader Abby Van Heel to also take third in the 200 free relay (1:50.01).
Placing fourth for Little Falls were sophomore Kirsten Holtz in the 200 individual medley (2:33.45), eighth-grader Rachel Reller in the 100 backstroke (1:13.48), Gold in the 100 free (1:01.18), Swanson in the 100 backstroke (1:16.81) and Foote in the 200 free (2:14.69), with fifth-place finishes turned in by Gold in the 200 free (2:15.56), sophomore Kaitlyn Holtz in the 500 free (6:12.25), freshman Savanna Slettom in the 100 backstroke (1:13.55) and Van Heel in the 100 free (1:01.82).
Foley finished with 537 points and Little Falls collected 497, with Milaca a distant third with 342.
Foley outgained Little Falls 186-154 to account for 32 points of the 40-point spread.
“We gave Foley a run for their money, but their relay strength was too much for us to overcome,” Little Falls head coach Tim Corbett said. “We swam very fast and are sitting very well as we get ready for the section meet in two weeks.”
The section meet will take place in Alexandria, Nov. 7 and Nov. 9.
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