GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING: Vermeire swimming for two state medals

MINNEAPOLIS – Marshall junior swimmer Kyle Vermeire is heading to the championship finals in both of her events after a strong showing at the Class A state girls swimming prelims Tuesday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Vermeire was seeded fifth in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, and she met those expectations while dropping time in both events.

She took fifth in the 200 free and third in the 500 free.

“I’m very excited where I swam today and where my places are for tomorrow,” Vermeire said. “I’m hoping I’ll swim fast and maybe move up a couple places.”

This is her fifth state meet, so she knows what she’s doing and what she wants.

“I’m hoping to drop another half a second in the 200 freestyle and get the school record,” she said. “In the 500, I know I can drop more time. I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”

Vermeire’s time of 1:56.23 in the 200 freestyle was just shy of the school record – 1:55.78.

Her time in the 500 free was 5:15.90, and she will have a battle to maintain that from at least two other girls that were within three seconds of her.

“She did a fantastic job setting herself up for tomorrow,” Marshall head coach Nicole Peterson said. “She is definitely looking to drop some time tomorrow, and we’ll see what happens.”

Marshall’s other junior swimmer at the meet was Ashley Dunn, who competed in the 100-yard butterfly.

She finished 24th out of 27 swimmers with a time of 1:03.05, and won’t return to the finals.

This was Dunn’s third year swimming at state, and her second time in an individual event. She went in the 100-yard backstroke last year.

“I feel like I did well after tapering for sections. I just extended my taper for state,” Dunn said. “I’m planning on going to state in two individual events next year.”

The Tigers will still be there Wednesday as Vermeire will swim in the championship heats of the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.

The Class A state swimming and diving finals start at noon today at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Tuesday’s Results

Class A Girls

Swimming and Diving State CHAMPIONSHIPS

Preliminary Round

At University of Minnesota

Aquatic Center

200 freestyle – 1. Elisa Burgstahler (Dassel-Cokato) 1:53.57; 2. Chantal Nack (Mankato West) 1:54.00; 3. Thomasin Lee (Chisago Lakes) 1:54.89; 4. Cassie Jahn (Big Lake) 1:55.60; 5. Kyle Vermeire (Marshall) 1:56.23; 6. Francesca Tinucci (Hill-Murray) 1:56.53; 7. Caitlin Papke (Hutchinson) 1:58.01; 8. Grace Snyder (Visitation) 1:58.86.

500 freestyle – 1. Thomasin Lee (Chisago Lakes) 5:03.63; 2. Chantal Nack (Mankato West) 5:08.08; 3. Kyle Vermeire (Marshall) 5:15.90; 4. Madison Semler (Benlide-St. Margaret’s) 5:15.94; 5. Cassie Jahn (Big Lake) 5:18.38; 6. Emei Thompson (Orono) 5:21.87; 7. Catherine Conners (Visitation) 5:22.25; 8. Cecily Hibbs (Breck) 5:22.93.