By PATRICK SLACK
Despite competing with the smallest team at the meet, Holdingford sent two swimmers past the Section 6A meet in Alexandria, Thursday and Saturday, and on to state.
Junior Gabby Langerud advanced with a runner-up finish in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.16 seconds, while sophomore Meghan Mokhtary moved on in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.32, achieving the qualifying time standard.
Langerud nearly qualified in a second event, finishing just 22 hundredths of a second off the qualifying mark in the 100 free, placing fourth in 55.37.
Other finalists in the pool for Holdingford included sixth-place finishes from the quartet of sophomore Maddie Christensen, Mokhtary, Langerud and senior Megan Auger in the 200 medley relay (1:58.55) and the 400 free relay (3:53.62), as well as Mokhtary in seventh in the 200 free (2:06.05) and Auger in seventh in the 500 free (5:45.36).
Holdingford finished in seventh place as a team.
Seniors for this year’s Huskers included Auger and Jodi Middendorf.
Sophomore Gabby Lyter took fifth place in the 1-meter dive to lead Little Falls to eighth as a team, finishing with a total of 307.55.
In the pool, Little Falls had four eighth-place finishes, including the 200 medley relay team of eighth-grader Allie Foote, sophomores Abby Swanson and Makyla Klever and junior Mati Gold (2:02.59), the 200 free relay team of Klever, Gold, eighth-grader Abby Van Heel and Foote (1:50.21), Klever in the 50 free (26.56) and Swanson in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.56).
Seniors on this year’s roster for the Flyers included Janey Walquist and Maria Hauer.
The state meet will be held at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center, Nov. 18 – 20.