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Area Female Athlete: Flyers' Foote leaving her imprint on sport

Her goal is to leave her footprints at every swimming pool where she competes. On Sept. 7, Alice Foote set the Ogilvie High School pool record with a winning 100-meter freestyle time of 1:03.29. She also won the 50 free in 28.09 and helped Little...

 

Her goal is to leave her footprints at every swimming pool where she competes.

On Sept. 7, Alice Foote set the Ogilvie High School pool record with a winning 100-meter freestyle time of 1:03.29. She also won the 50 free in 28.09 and helped Little Falls win the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. The 400 freestyle of Foote, Katie Corbett, Rachel Pusc and Meghan Fritz also set a pool record of 4:27.21.

Foote's dominance helped the Little Falls Flyers beat Ogilvie/Mora 91-87.

"Honestly, it didn't really feel that much different to me swimming in a meter pool compared to a yard pool," said Foote of Ogilvie. "Obviously, the times were very different from what I would usually get in a yard pool, but I just mentally thought that it wasn't that big of a difference and it didn't really feel like it.

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"I knew whatever time I got it wouldn't really count toward anything so I just decided to go really hard and see how fast I could go."

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Alice Foote

  • Year: Senior
  • School: Little Falls
  • Sport: Swimming and diving
  • Position: Freestyle and relays
  • Highlights: Set pool record in 100 freestyle and helped 400 free relay set pool record at Ogilvie.
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The senior freestyler did it again Thursday as she won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles in a home meet against Becker. Foote also spearheaded two more relay wins as the Flyers beat Becker 97-79 to improve to 2-1 this season.
Foote posted times of 25.31 in the 50 and 55.69 in the 100.

"We have some good relays and some good younger girls stepping up to the plate this year," Foote said. "That will be really helpful for sending more girls to state. I really think we have a good shot at it, but we'll just have to see how it goes."

What has impressed Flyers head coach Tim Corbett the most is Foote's mentality and focus. He was worried that she might come into her senior season complacent after a memorable junior campaign.

At least year's Class 1A state meet, Foote placed eighth in the 50 free with a time of 24.45. She was sixth in the 100 free with a 53.26.

"Quite honestly, I was wondering where she was going to be at coming into this year," said Corbett. "Last year, was such a special year you could take the attitude that 'l could be done.' I was wondering what she was going to be like coming into this year. Was she going to be like 'Oh, last year was so cool, this is just extra.' But she came into this season and she had reset her goals.

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"She has her mind set at being even faster this year. She's coming in this year with her sights set higher. She came into this year with a renewed sense of purpose."

While Corbett thought it was a special year, Foote didn't. While both state finishes were great feats, Foote was not happy. In the 100 prelims, she swam a 52.90 and was seeded fourth heading into the finals.

"Last year, for the prelims, I got fourth and then in the finals I got sixth so that kind of made me realize that I need to keep my focus during the first and the second day," said Foote. "That just kind of helped me decide that this whole season I'm going to really try and remember how it felt when I got moved down two places.

"It was still the best experience I've ever had during swimming, but I just definitely want to maintain instead of lose like last year."

Foote's goals include a top five finish in both of her individual events at state and to help advance both relays to state.

She also wants to break the Flyers' pool record. As for the school record-maybe. They're held by former Division I and Minnesota Class 1A state champion Whitney Weisz.

"Last year, my goal was to make it in the top 16 at state," Foote said. "And I did do that. I got top eight, which I really wasn't expecting at all. I figure, if I can get where I got last year, with my goals that weren't as hard, then I can hopefully just keep getting better and get farther than I did last year."

In the Flyers season-opening loss to Sauk Rapids, Foote won the 50 free in 25.21 and helped the 400 relay to a first-place finish with a time of 3:58.41.

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Right from the start of the season, Foote has been cognizant of her goals, herself and her teammates. And she realizes she's a better swimmer because of it.

"I think it's only had a good impact on me and the rest of the team," Foote said. "When I'm doing things and I start thinking I might not be able to do this anymore. I should slow down. I have to reprocess what I'm doing and say 'Hey, all of these girls are looking at me and I need to show them that hard work gets you places, especially in swimming.'"

 

Other notable performances:

Cross country: Kira Sweeney, Staples-Motley, won the Johanna Olson Invite in 21:02.8

Swimming and diving: Lili Snyder, Staples-Motley, won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke against Mora-Ogilvie.

Tennis: Anessa Leidenfrost-Avy Lease, Pierz, finished the week perfect, including a No. 2 doubles title at the Eberhart Tournament.

Valerie Gall, Pierz, won the No. 4 singles title at the Eberhart Tournament.

Brittney Boser-Becky Langer, Pierz, won the No. 1 doubles title at the Eberhart Tournament.

Volleyball: Casey Volkmann, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished with 24 kills, 10 digs, two ace serves and one block against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and 15 kills, nine digs, four aces and two blocks against Bertha-Hewitt. She added 63 kills, 34 digs, 16 blocks, two ace serves and one set assist at the Sauk Rapids Tournament.

Morgan Glenz, Verndale, finished with 26 kills, 21 digs, an ace serve and one block against Pillager.

Shyana Loiland, Crosby-Ironton, finished with 20 kills, 13 set assists, five digs and two ace serves.

Clare Ganley, Pequot Lakes, finished with 23 kills, 33 digs and six ace serves at the Pequot Lakes Tournament.

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