Madysen Schmidt’s championship performance in the diving competition was Bemidji girls swimming and diving’s highlight of the 2020 Section 8A meet, as the Lumberjacks took 5th place as a team on Friday and Saturday at the Bemidji High School pool.
Delayed by a day due to winter weather on Thursday, the junior diver’s Section meet performance capped off a perfect fall season in which she won every dual’s diving competition. In an impressive final performance of the year, Schmidt’s final score of 410.85 took her over 15 points clear of runner-up Addie Albrecht of Grand Rapids. Lauren Lundquist finished in 8th place and Kennedy Olson took 13th place to both provide further scoring for the Lumberjacks in the team competition.
Saturday brought a Section swimming meet that was held across three different locations–including the Bemidji High School pool–with times compared to other venues to determine race winners.
Sophia Jones was Bemidji’s top individual finisher of the day, taking 3rd place in the 500-yard Freestyle with a time of 5:40.92. In the 400 Freestyle Relay, Bemidji took 4th thanks to the efforts of Jones, Nicki Son, Riley McCarthy, and Miranda Port to finish in a time of 3:58.83.
McCarthy notched a 5th-place finish in the 100 Butterfly after posting a 1:07.11 finals mark. Port, Son, McCarthy, and Jones all teamed up to provide another 5th-place result in the 200 Freestyle Relay after finishing in 1:48.57.
The Lumberjacks picked up a 6th-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay off a time of 2:05.22 from a team of Marley Ueland, Ava Lietz, Emily Vincent, and Kayleigh Hickman. 6th-place results also came from Jones in the 200 Freestyle and Port in the 200 Individual Medley.
Grand Rapids captured the 2020 Section 8A girls swimming team title, running away with a mark of 535 points. Detroit Lakes finished a distant second with a score of 364, followed by Park Rapids in 3rd. Bemidji’s score of 230.5 was good for fifth place, a mere 0.5 behind the final tally of Fergus Falls in 4th.
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