Albert Lea swimmers among state’s best

Published 4:28 am Monday, October 13, 2014

Anna Andersen of Albert Lea swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley on Oct. 2 against Mankato East. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Anna Andersen of Albert Lea swims the breaststroke portion of the 200-yard individual medley on Oct. 2 against Mankato East. — Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

In nine of 13 girls’ swimming events, Albert Lea swimmers — Lindsey Horejsi, Anna Andersen and relay teams — posted top-20 times in the state.

“They have been extremely focused and competitive and have big aspirations beyond high school swimming,” said Albert Lea coach Jon Schmitz.

The Minnesota Swimmer polls are set up to include every swimmer in the state in Classes A and AA through Oct. 4, although some coaches hadn’t submitted times, Schmitz said.

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Horejsi had the top time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.21) and the 200 individual medley (2:04.84). She also had the ninth-best time in the 200 freestyle (1:55.63) and the 13th-best time in the 500 freestyle (5:16.91).

Her 100 breaststroke time was more than two seconds faster than the second-fastest swimmer in the state, and the athletes who swam the second- through fifth-best times were from schools in Class AA. Albert Lea is in Class A. The next-best time in Albert Lea’s class was 1:06.45 by Elisa Burgstahler of Dassell-Cokato.

In the 200 individual medley, Horejsi’s time was 1.91 seconds faster than the second-fastest time swam by Madison Preiss of Wayzata, a Class AA school. After Horejsi, the next-fastest time in Class A was the 12th-fastest time in the state — a 2:11.35 effort by Burgstahler.

“Lindsey is the Class A record holder in the I.M., so I’m not surprised about that, but Anna has really improved, because of her offseason training and improved technique in her start, turns and underwater ability.”

Andersen had the second-fastest time in the state in the 50 and 100 freestyles with marks of 24.01 and 52.23 seconds. However, she’s the front-runner in Class A, as Rachel Wittmer of Edina — a Class AA school — is in the top spot in both races.

In the 50 freestyle, individuals from Class AA hold the top spot along with No. 3 through 19. After Andersen, the best Class A time was 25.14 seconds by Minneapolis Washburn’s Rachel Anderson, which landed her at No. 20 on the list.

Andersen was the only swimmer from Class A to make the top 20 in the 100 freestyle.

The Tigers also had three relay teams with times in the top 20. The 200 freestyle time of 1:39.66 was fifth, the 200 medley time of 1:49.65 was fourth and the 400 freestyle time was 11th.


Albert Lea takes 4th place at Section 1A True Team

The Albert Lea girls’ swimming team’s latest meet was Saturday at the Section 1A True Team Meet at Northfield.

The Tigers took fourth place with 1,528.5 points. The meet was scored so each swimmer in each event earned a point regardless of place. For example, the swimmer who took 43rd place in the 50 freestyle was awarded two points. The format favored large teams.

Visitation won the meet with 2,209 points, and 11 teams participated.

Horejsi set meet and pool records in the 200 individual medley (2:05.23) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.60). She was also part of the team that won the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.20) with Andersen, Ahnika Jensen and Haley Simon.

Andersen took second in the 50 freestyle (24.68) and 100 freestyle (52.35). The 200 medley relay team of Bailey Sandon, Horejsi, Jensen and Emily Taylor also placed second (1:51.89).

Next, Albert Lea will host Northfield at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its last home meet of the year.