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Area Female Athlete: Flyers' Klever has her sights set on state

Makyla Klever is making a name for herself under water. The Little Falls Flyers swimmer does her best - read fastest - work under the water level leading to a string of multiple-victory duals. "Her strength in the pool is her streamline starts an...

Makyla Klever
Makyla Klever

Makyla Klever is making a name for herself under water.

The Little Falls Flyers swimmer does her best - read fastest - work under the water level leading to a string of multiple-victory duals.

"Her strength in the pool is her streamline starts and turns," said Flyers head swimming and diving coach Tim Corbett. "She can beat people in the 50 free who are swimming faster than her just because of her starts and turns. She ends up getting to the finish first because of them. She's really good at both of those portions of the event.

"For the 50, that's basically what it is; a start and a turn. You win those and you win the race most of the time."

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Makyla Klever

  • Year: Junior
  • School: Little Falls
  • Sport: Swimming
  • Position: Freestyles, relays
  • Highlights: Won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles against Albany and Sauk Rapids

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Klever swam a winning time of 26.36 in the 50-yard freestyle and a first-place time of 57.95 against Albany Oct. 14. She helped the 200 medley relay with Alice Foote, Abby Swanson and MaKenna Olson to a first-place 2:05.55 and anchored the 400 free relay to a first-place 4:03.92.

The Flyers won the dual 53.5-47.5.

During a non-conference dual against Sauk Rapids Oct. 21, Klever won the 50 free in 26.67 and captured the 100 in 58.6.

"She's been racing very well as of late," said Corbett. "She's competing. We weren't sure where she was going to go between the freestyle and the butterfly. She's done very well in both of them. She's been back and forth between the two events, but she's raced really well in the freestyles lately. She also anchors our 400 freestyle and she's done a great job competing and chasing swimmers down. She's attacking the race.

"I think her biggest improvement this year would be her focus. She wants to go to state. That's her biggest goal."

Klever christened the new Becker High School pool Oct. 9 by setting a pool record in the 100 butterfly with a 1:06.21. She also won the 50 free in 26.77 and helped the Flyers 200 medley to first and the 400 free to first in a 97-81 Granite Ridge Conference win.

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Saturday, Klever will attempt to break her own pool record as Becker will host the conference championships.

"I'm going to try and break it," said Klever. "It's really cool to have a pool record. This is my second one. The first one I got as an eighth-grader on a relay with Whitney Weisz. I don't remember what school it was, but it was nice to have. It's been a goal of mine to get my own, though."

That year with Weisz, who was a Class 1A champion freestyle sprinter and now swims at San Diego State University, left a lasting impression on Klever. The junior was an alternate on one of the state relays Weisz anchored.

"She just pushed me and taught me," said Klever. "She taught me that I just have to swim my hardest. I'll get out of it what I put into it. She's been a real good role model and mentor. I hope to swim in college, too.

"I want to make it back to the state meet this year. I think I have a real good shot. Going as an eighth-grader was great. It was between me and another girl and she got it. It was upsetting at first, but I told myself I would get back there. I think this could be the year."

Other notable performances:

Cross country: Gina Garai, Pequot Lakes, won the Birch Tree Conference championship in 15:27.

Swimming: Volleyball: Ellie Michaletz, Aitkin, finished with 12 kills, 11 digs and one ace serve against Onamia.

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Megan Dougherty, Verndale, finished with 29 set assists and 21 digs against Sebeka.

Jordyn Glenz, Verndale, finished with 29 kills, 28 digs and two ace serves against Sebeka.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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