GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING: Vermeire better in finals
MINNEAPOLIS – Marshall swimmer Kylie Vermeire held her place or improved in two events during the final round of the MSHSL Class A Girls Swimming and Diving State Championships on Wednesday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
In the preliminary round Tuesday, she earned spots in the championship heats with a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle event and fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.
On Wednesday, she competed in the finals and brought home medals in both events.
“I am really excited about my places and my times,” said Vermeire, a junior. “I am mostly excited for next year. I am hoping to place even better and cut some more time.”
Vermeire’s first race Wednesday was the third event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle. Not only was she aiming to improve on her fifth-place finish in prelims, but she was also hoping to beat the school record of 1:55.78.
Altough she missed the record by less than a second, her time of 1:56.43 was fast enough to bump her up to a fourth-place finish.
Vermeire was pleased with her finish, but is still eyeing the school record.
“I am definitely going to be after that record next year,” she said. “I think, with a little more training, I can get it.”
Vermeire had to wait six more events for her final swim of the year, but the wait was well worth it as she cut nearly three seconds in the 500 free for a time of 5:12.30.
Two swimmers, Cassie Jahn, of Big Lake, and Madison Semler, of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, had close times to Vermeire in the prelims and threatened to overtake her in the final, but she managed to fight them off and hang on to third place.
“During the middle of the race, I saw the two girls (that were even with me),” Vermeire said. “I was just trying my hardest to keep going and, hopefully, get ahead of them to come in third.”
Jahn, incidentally, was the same girl Vermeire passed in the 200 freestyle race to move up a place.
This was Vermeire’s fifth trip to the state meet, and the third-place finish in the 500 freestyle was her best finish in an event to date.
MSHSL Class A Girls Swimming
and Diving State Championships
At University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Minneapolis
200 freestyle – 1. Chantal Nack (Mankato West) 1:50.08; 2. Thomasin Lee (Chisago Lakes) 1:53.48; 3. Elisa Burgstahler (Dassel-Cokato) 1:53.50; 4. Kylie Vermeire (Marshall) 1:56.43; 5. Cassie Jahn (Big Lake) 1:56.61; 6. Caitlin Papke (Hutchinson) 1:57.59; 7. Francesca Tinucci (Hill-Murray) 1:58.04; 8. Grace Snyder (Visitation) 1:58.08.
500 freestyle – 1. Chantal Nack (Mankato West) 4:56.43; 2. Thomasin Lee (Chisago Lakes) 4:56.48; 3. Kyle Vermeire (Marshall) 5:12.30; 4. Cassie Jahn (Big Lake) 5:14.10; 5. Madison Semler (Benlide-St. Margaret’s) 5:14.41; 6. Catherine Conners (Visitation) 5:21.66; 7. Emei Thompson (Orono) 5:22.50; 8. Cecily Hibbs (Breck) 5:26.80.