Pioneers, Polars compete at state swim meet

North High School sophomore Alivia Lindorfer competes at the Class AA state girls swimming and diving meet on Nov. 18 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. (Photos courtesy of Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito)

Alivia Lindorfer accepts her medal during the ceremony following the 500-yard freestyle at the Class AA state girls swimming and diving meet on Nov. 18 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Hill-Murray and North High School both sent competitors to the girls swimming and diving state meet earlier this fall. Here’s a recap of how both teams fared.



With a dozen entries in the Class A state meet, the Pioneers figured to finish high in the team standings and that they did. Hill-Murray took fourth with 141 points. Visitation won the team championship with 261 points, Breck finished second and Hutchinson was third.

Of the Pioneers’ 12 entries, 10 advanced to the final day and earned points toward the team total.

The top individual finish for the Pioneers was turned in by freshman Gabi Baldwin, who was runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.72. That put her 0.56 seconds behind the champion, Madison Potter of Blake.

Hill-Murray got a pair of third-place performances from senior Madison Berg. She finished less than one second out of first place in the 50-yard freestyle and added another third in the 100-yard butterfly.

Baldwin had a hand in three fourth-place finishes, including in the 100-yard backstroke. She also teamed up with Amelia Berg, Madison Berg and Lauren Forsythe to finish fourth in both the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.

Amelia Berg, a junior, finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke to round out the list of Hill-Murray swimmers who competed in championship heats in the finals.

Amelia Berg also swam in the 200 IM and finished 15th. Freshman Catherine Nolde added a pair of 16th-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Forsythe also competed at state in the 100-yard freestyle but did not advance to the finals. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Forsythe, Nolde, freshman Anna Monico and senior Sophia Daley also missed out on advancing to the finals.



Sophomore Alivia Lindorfer and junior Emily Baude qualified for state for the Polars.

Lindorfer made state in the 200 and 500-yard freestyles. She advanced to the finals in the 500 free and finished eighth and took 13th in the 200 free.

Baude’s state event was the 100-yard freestyle, in which she was 19th after the preliminaries and did not advance to the finals.


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


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