State swimming: 2 more titles for Bloom

State swimming: 2 more titles for Bloom

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State swimming: 2 more titles for Bloom

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Ellen Bloom had a big responsibility when she jumped into the pool for the final time in her high school swimming career.

Sartell’s hopes hinged on Bloom in the last leg of the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of Saturday’s Class A State Swimming Meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The Sabres were in third place, one point behind Visitation, so all Bloom had to do was beat Visitation’s Emily Conners to secure a runner-up team finish for the team.

The problem was she had to make up 1.95 seconds in 100 yards.

Turns out it wasn’t such a problem after all. Bloom swam her leg in 50.66 and beat Conners by 2.16 seconds.

Sartell took second in the relay, Visitation got fourth and the Sabres got the additional four points to pull ahead of Visitation in the standings.

“I swim a lot better when I race under pressure,” Bloom said. “I hoped I could pull out a good split and I knew I wasn’t going to give up until the end. I made the comeback.”

Sartell finished with 175, Visitation had 172 and Northfield ran away with the meet, finishing with 223 points.

Foley took 11th with 64 points and Melrose placed 18th with 47 points.

“We are extremely happy with second place,” Sartell coach Dave Olson said. “I told (the athletes) yesterday, before the prelims, that anything in the top three would be great.”

The Sabres won team titles in 2009 and 2011.

Individually, Bloom won her second straight Class A championships in the 200 individual medley (2:04.65) and the 100 backstroke (56.36).

That gives her five titles for her career, counting relay teams.

“I can hardly put it into words but (swimming at Sartell) is the best thing that’s happened in my life so far,” said Bloom, whose performance led Sartell to a time of 3:33.32 in the 400 freestyle relay. “I’m going to be the girl in 20 years that talks about how great it was.

“I came in as a seventh-grader and swam the backstroke on the medley relay. I think about how far I came since then. “

Added Olson: “She’s a huge leader. She’s a racehorse. If she’s in there going head-to-head with someone, that’s where she’s her best.”

Sartell’s 200 medley relay team took third place (1:49.00) and the Sabres took third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.72).

Finishing five spots behind Bloom in the 100 backstroke was, perhaps, a budding star: seventh-grader Anna Ellis. She finished sixth in 59.16.

Ellis was the only seventh-grader to swim in the finals in any event.

“I don’t like to count my cookies before they’re baked, but we’re very blessed to have (Ellis),” Olson said. “She’s a very hard worker and she rises to the occasion. She’s a big-meet swimmer.”

Another young swimmer, eighth-grader Kasey Milstroh, led Foley.

Milstroh swam a 53.26 to finish fourth in the 100 freestyle. She also anchored Foley’s 200 freestyle relay (seventh, 1:41.08) and the 400 freestyle relay (sixth, 3:39.73) teams.

“I was happy with all of our finishes today and I wouldn’t have it any way else,” Milstroh said. “I was kind of nervous before (the 100 freestyle) but afterward I was really happy about it.”

Morgan Kingston placed sixth in the diving competition with a score of 319.80.

“I was looking for top eight so I’m really happy with how I did,” Kingston said. “All season, my coach (Kelley Burg) told me if I worked hard, I’d get top eight so I gave it my all every day in practice and this is where it took me.

“I finished 14th last year so it was a dramatic change.”

Team scores

1. Northfield 223; 2. Sartell 175; 3. Visitation 172; 4. Mankato West 163.5; 5. Breck 148; 6. Benilde-St. Margaret’s 120; 7. Albert Lea 109; 8. Hutchinson 103.5; 9. Blake 99; 10. Monticello 79; 11. Foley 64; 18. Melrose 47; 36. Albany, Sauk Centre 8; 40. Sauk Rapids 4.

Individuals

200 Medley Relay: 1. Visitation 1:48.10, 3. Sartell 1:49.00, 12. Melrose 1:52.24; 200 freestyle: 1. Chantal Nack (Mankato West) 1:51.64, 11. Rachel Tiede (Albany) 1:58.88; 200 individual medley: 1. Ellen Bloom (Sartell) 2:04.65, 11. Gaby Hagen (Sartell) 2:14.58; 50 freestyle: 1. Danielle Nack (Mankato West) 22.82, 13. Amanda Warzecha (Melrose) 24.95, 16. Jennifer Thompson (Sartell) 25.18; Diving: 1. Bailey Dupay (Northfield) 394.25, 6. Morgan Kingston (Melrose) 319.80,13. Jackie Braun (Sauk Rapids) 293.35, 15. Madison Molitor (Sartell) 274.80; 100 butterfly: 1. Danielle Nack (Mankato West) 52.41, 12. Hagen (Sartell) 1:01.56; 100 freestyle: 1. Viren Solveig (Grand Rapids) 51.32, 4. Kasey Milstroh (Foley) 53.26, 13. Tiana Molitor (Sauk Centre) 54.83, 14. Jennifer Thompson (Sartell) 55.00, 16. Warzecha (Melrose) 55.16; 500 freestyle: 1. Thomasain Lee(Chisago Lakes)5:00.72, 14. Kendra Raths (Sartell) 5:24.42, 15. Tiede (Albany)5:24.48; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Northfield 1:37.06, 3. Sartell 1:38.72, 7. Foley 1:41.08, 12. Melrose 1:41.86; 100 backstroke: 1. Bloom (Sartell) 56.36, 6. Anna Ellis (Sartell) 59.16; 100 breaststroke: 1. Lindsey Horejsi (Albert Lea) 1:00.16, 9. Rasmussen (Melrose) 1:07.19, 13. Lindsey Martens (Sartell) 1:10.30; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Mankato West 3:32.63, 2. Sartell 3:33.32, 6. Foley 3:39.73.

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