State Swimming and Diving: Foote, Harmer finish off senior season in style
MINNEAPOLIS—Little Falls senior Alice Foote swam to a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and won the consolation heat of the 50 free in the Class 1A finals Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Brainerd's Cami Harmer capped her high school diving career with an 11th-place finish in the Class 2A finals.
Foote finished her high school career by improving her times in both the 50 and 100 events throughout the sections and state prelims and finals
"All four of her swims at state (prelims and finals in each event) were personal records," said Little Falls head coach Tim Corbett. "She was confident in her ability to swim faster at the state meet and she had the mentality going in that she was going to be faster."
Her time of 52.43 seconds in the 100 free finals placed her sixth to equal her finish last season. She was in seventh-place after Friday's prelims with a 52.74.
In the 50 freestyle, she swam a ninth-place 25.26 in the prelims and then turned in a 24.15 Saturday to hold that position and win the consolation heat. Her time was almost four-tenths faster than the 10th-place finisher, Julia Landwehr from Blake.
"She was excited after a convincing win in the 50 consolation heat," said Corbett. "There's a lot of pressure on you to hold onto that spot and she was able to take that momentum into the 100."
Last year, Foote finished eighth in the 50 freestyle with a 24.45.
"We were very, very pleased with how she finished up," said Corbett. "She was able to hit the wall and come out of the water excited with each race at state and that makes me feel good as a coach."
Harmer was sitting 10th with 233.40 points after her first eight dives in Thursday's preliminary and semifinal rounds. She collected 76.55 points on her final three dives in Saturday's finals slipping to 11th-place with 309.95.
"Her spot wasn't totally unexpected because of the way we set her list up with her more difficult scoring dives up toward the top of her list," said Warrior diving coach Mary Streiff. "She performed really well through the finals.
"She's capable of doing a lot more dives, but you only get to compete 11 and you have to set that list right away. You don't get the luxury of being able to change dives and she knew exactly what she had to do for the finals. There were some kids that struggled in the finals, but Cami just wasn't one of those."
Harmer recorded 152.55 points on her first five dives in the prelims and 80.85 on her next three in the semifinals Thursday.
"Cami had reached her goals, and from a coaching standpoint, that made me a little nervous, that she would maybe go in and get walked all over, but she didn't," Streiff said. "Cami is a competitor and she just clicked away at her finals like she did through the prelims and semifinals."
Her 11th-place finish was still the best of her three trips to state after placing 22nd as a freshman in 2014 and 18th last year.
"I think she would agree if someone had said back in September when we started this senior year that she was going to end up 11th in the state, she would be thrilled," said Streiff. "She competed really well with some of the top divers in the state."
Team scores: 1-Edina 382.5, 2-Minnetonka 281.5, 3-Wayzata 133, 4-Rosemount 132, 5-Chanhassen 128, 31-Brainerd 6
Diving: 1-Megan Phillip (Edina) 476.05, 2-Michelle Schlossma (Rose.) 463.80, 3-Meredith Matchinsk (SCT) 428.55, 4-Alex Zeiss (Buf) 423.30, 5-Abigail Egolf-Jens (Blaine) 408.75, 11-Cami Harmer (Brd) 309.95
Team scores: 1-Visitation 247.5, 2-Hutchinson 241, 3-Delano 183, 4-Beck School 173, 5-Sartell 161.5, 22-Little Falls 22
50 freestyle: 1-Grace Hanson (Hutch) 23.22, 2-Makayla Suominen )CEC) 23.43, 3-Gesa Wilden (Faribault) 23.55), 4-Ava Hoffman (Visitation) 23.71, 5-Grace Farnsworth (Monticello) 23.74, 9-Alice Foote (LF) 24.15
100 freestyle: 1-Lexa Kucera (Hutch) 51.12, 2-Taylor Williams (Benilde SM) 51.34, 3-Hoffman (Visitation) 51.89, 4-Suominen (CEC) 51.89, 5-Hanson (Hutch) 51.99, 6-Foote (LF) 52.43