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Kratzke finishes career with best state finish

Senior Kelsey Kratzke finished up her Yellowjacket career with her best finish at the Minnesota State Swimming and Diving meet. Her time of 1.10:43 was good for 16th place. Photo by Bob Williams.

In her final swim at the Minnesota Class A State Swimming and Diving Championships, Perham/New York Mills senior Kelsey Kratzke finished 16th in the 100-breaststroke at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota.

The trip to the state meet was Kratzke's third.

Kratzke qualified in the preliminaries Friday in 15th place with a time of 1:09.72. She matched Anika Ellingson of Litchfield, with the same qualifying time.

Kratzke had failed to advance out of preliminaries in her prior visits to state.

Her finishes were 24th in 2010, 1:11.94; 18th in 2009, 1:10.30 and 22nd in 2008, 1:12.00.

In this year's finals, Kratzke finished in 1:10.43 for a 16th place finish.

As expected, St. Louis Park junior Kathryn Ostrom defended her state title in a championship time of 1:04.65.

Other regional finishers in the finals were Mandy Schirmers, of Park Rapids, in 11th place, 1:08.68.

Jaelin Beachy, of Staples-Motley, finished 6th in a time of 1:08.43.

Minnesota State Class A Girls 100-Yard Breaststroke (Preliminary)

1. Kathryn Ostrom, St Louis Park, 1:04.90; 2. Lindsey Horejsi, Albert Lea, 1:05.47;

3 Jordan Ford, Hutchinson, 1:06.52; 4. Maddy Pesch, SC Cath/SJP, 1:07.32; 5. Megan Gaylord, Visitation 1:07.48; 6. Andrea Yechout, Mahtomedi 1:07.90; 6. Jaelin Beachy, Staples-Motley 1:07.90; 8. Sarah Wellumson, Big Lake 1:08.09; 9. Victoria Tormanen, Dassel-Cokato 1:08.17; 10. Mandy Schirmers, Park Rapds Area 1:08.65; 11. Amber Eckstein, Monticello 1:08.90; 2. Sam Norton, Orono 1:09.09; 13. Molly Peichel, Sartell-St Stephen 1:09.13; 14. Morgan Field, Albert Lea 1:09.28; 15.

Anika Ellingson, Litchfield 1:09.72. 15. Kelsey Kratzke, Perham/NYMills 1:09.72

Minnesota State Class A Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke (Championship Final)

1. Kathryn Ostrom, Saint Louis Park, 1:04.65. 2. Lindsey Horejsi, Albert Lea, 1:05.06. 3. Jordan Ford, Hutchinson, 1:07.45. 4. Megan Gaylord, Visitation, 1:07.57. 5. Maddy Pesch, St. Cloud Cthdrl/St. John's, 1:07.59. 6. Jaelin Beachy, Staples Motley, 1:08.43. 7. Andrea Yechout, Mahtomedi, 1:08.63. 8. Sarah Wellumson, Big Lake, 1:09.13. (Consolation Final) 9. Victoria Tormanen, Dassel-Cokato, 1:07.40. 10. Sam Norton, Orono, 1:08.61. 11. Mandy Schirmers, Park Rapids Area, 1:08.68. 12. Amber Eckstein, Monticello, 1:08.87. 13. Molly Peichel, Sartell-Saint Stephen, 1:09.10. 14. Morgan Field, Albert Lea, 1:09.18. 15. Anika Ellingson, Litchfield, 1:09.98. 16. Kelsey Kratzke, Perham/New York Mills, 1:10.43.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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