Pair of Polars competes at state swim meet

The North High School girls swimming and diving team sent two representatives to the state meet last weekend at the University of Minnesota. Sophomore Alivia Lindorfer and junior Emily Baude qualified for state by virtue of their performances at the Section 4AA meet earlier this month.

Lindorfer earned her way to state in two events and was the section champion in both. She won one of the section titles by less than a second and the other by more than five seconds.

The close race was the 200-yard freestyle, which Lindorfer won with a time of 1:54.57. That was 0.77 seconds faster than the runner-up, junior Hannah Aitkin of Mounds View.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Lindorfer’s time was 5:05.98 and that gave her first place by 5.44 seconds over Stillwater eighth grader Schuyler DuPont.

Lindorfer also swam on North s 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay teams at the section meet. 

Baude earned her spot in the state by the narrowest of margins. She finished third in the 100-yard freestyle at the section meet and since only the top two finishers in each event qualify automatically, she needed to beat the qualifying standard to get to state.

Baude did that by 0.02 seconds. Her time was 53.62 seconds and the qualifying standard is 53.64.

In addition to the 100-yard freestyle, Baude also competed at sections in the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Class AA state meet was held past the deadline for this edition of the Review.



The Titans were unable to advance anyone to the state meet, but they did turn in some solid performances at the section meet. Tartan advanced swimmers to the championship final in seven events.

Tartan’s top finishes came in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Maren Iverson placed third in the 50 free while freshman Olivia Iverson also swam to third place in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Titans got fourth-place finishes from its 200-yard medley relay team of the Iversons, junior Emily Carlton and freshman Natalie Olson. The 200-yard freestyle relay team, made up of the same four swimmers, also finished fourth. 

Maren Iverson also added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

The 400-yard freestyle relay quartet of senior Sammy Meyer, sophomore Karolyn Duke and freshmen Sydni Larson and Mary Holthe finished fifth and Olivia Iverson took sixth in the 200-yard individual medley.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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