ALEXANDRIA — The Fergus Falls girls’ swimming and diving team hit the pool for the Central Lakes Conference Championships Saturday.

Sartell-St. Stephen (576.5) would claim top honors, while Brainerd (362) and Alexandria (323) rounded out the top three. The Otters would finish eighth overall with a team score of 70.5.

What a fast meet we had today in Alexandria,” Otters head coach Joyce Monk said. “Even though we ended up 8th out of 9 teams, we are honoured to celebrate the Sportsmanship award, which is voted on by the swimmers within the conference.”

Leading the way for the Otters in the pool was Emilie Carlson as she picked up a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:04.58) and seven in the 200 IM (2:25.59). Other top finishers for Fergus Falls were Emma Koeckeritz in the 100 backstroke (13th, 1:09.65) and 50 freestyle (16th, 27.27).

In the relay events, the 200 medley teams of Koeckeritz, Carlson, Alanna Keller and Brinn Donais (10th, 2:03.48) and Aisling Cox, Annie Mayer, Chloe Schindler and Ashley Swanson (14th, 2:11.97) finished in the top 15. In the 400 freestyle, the team of Cox, Swanson, Mayer and Lianna Jepson (4:22.55) finished in 15th. In the 200 freestyle relay, Carlson, Donais, Schindler and Koeckeritz (1:50.78) took 10th, while the team of Keller, Mayer, Jepson and Shelby Tabbut (1:59.92) finished in 16th.

“Some of our highlights included Tess Seay (6:55.52) swimming season best time in the 500 free, Alexis Wellman (6:54.63) in the 500 free, Annie Mayer (1:22.82) in 100 breast, Karlie Petersen in 100 breast (1:25.75) and 100 free (1:11.00). Emma Koeckeritz did a good job in 50 free holding her seasonal best time of 27.2. We had a good meet, however, we swam tired, indicative of the time of the season. Moving forward, we are ready to pull back in training in preparation for the sectional meet in Grand Rapids Nov. 8 and 9,” Monk added.

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