Kriewall places 5th at state, Horejsi 9th

Published 1:47 pm Saturday, November 20, 2010

Karli Kriewall dives in the state final at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. -- Andrew Dyrdal

MINNEAPOLIS — Sophomore Karli Kriewall placed fifth at the Class A state diving meet Saturday and seventh-grader Lindsey Horejsi placed ninth in the 100-yard breastroke.

Kriewall receives her fifth place medal at the Class A state diving meet Saturday. -- Andrew Dyrdal

Both athletes were among the youngest to place in their respective events at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Kriewall stayed idle through the three-dive finals as she was fifth after Thursday’s preliminary round.

“I went out there and did my best,” Kriewall said. “It didn’t go exactly as I wanted it to but I’m happy.”

Kriewall’s final score was 342.65 behind Kelsey Metz’s, of Richfield, 349.45 She also received All-American consideration.

“She continued to do what she’s been doing all season,” Albert Lea diving coach Jill Johnson said. “She had such a nice performance here at the state tournament and she finished out a fantastic year.”

Kriewall was one of only two non-seniors in the top eight.

“There’s lots to look forward to,” Johnson said.

Kriewall’s fifth-place finish is the highest an Albert Lea diver has placed in school history, making her arguably the greatest diver the school has ever seen.

Lindsey Horejsi swims the 100-yard breaststroke Satuday. -- Andrew Dyrdal/Albert Lea Tribune

“That’s crazy,” Kriewall said of the distinction. “I don’t even know what to say to that.”

Seventh-grader Lindsey Horejsi finished ninth in the state 100-yard breastroke in 1:07.98.

She won the consolation final and posted the seventh- best time overall, including the championship final.

“She had the courage to take the first 50 yards out really hard,” Albert Lea head coach Jon Schmitz said. “She had the confidence and ability to take it out really fast.”

Horejsi was the youngest swimmer to finish in the top 16 at state.