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It’s a fourth-place tournament finish for the Packers

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

EDEN PRAIRIE — The Austin Packers girls swimming and diving team competed in the Eden Prairie Invitational on Saturday and finished in fourth-place.

Winona won the nine-team event with 407 points on the day. Owatonna was the runner-up and Memorial High School finished in third. The Austin girls were next in the standings with 299 team points.

Things got off to a fast start in this meet for the Austin Packers. The Austin girls recorded a third-place finish in the opening 200 medley relay.

The Austin team of Booke Johnson, Kelli Bednar, Averi Splinter, and Nicole Haugland finished with a time of 2:00.03. Although this was three seconds slower than their seed time, the Austin relay amassed 32 points for the team in this event.

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Top 16 finishers in each event were awarded team points. The top two individual finishers for the Packers were Courtney Fleming and Averi Splinter.

Fleming placed second in the diving competition, and Caroline Brown of Austin was also fifth in this event. Splinter finished second in the 100 butterfly and was also seven individually in the 50 freestyle event.

Austin girls swimming and diving returns to Big Nine Conference action on Thursday night with a home dual meet against Albert Lea at the Ellis pool.

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Team scores

Winona 407, Owatonna 368, Memorial High School Girls 344.5, Austin 299, Menomonie 285, Alexandria 206, Richfield 190.5, Eden Prairie 120, Montevideo 104.

(Austin results)

200 medley relay — 3. (Brooke Johnson, Kelli Bednar, Averi Splinter, Nicole Haugland) 2:00.03; 14. (Tori Grev, Audrey DeVries, Lauren Edwards, Ingrid Baudler) 2:15.01; 18. (Emily Bachmeier, McKenzie Besel, Anna Smith, Morgan Aker) 2:18.20. 200 freestyle — 9. Helen Heimark 2:12.84; 12. Kendyl Losee (A) 2:15.44; 15. Lindsey Halsey (A) 2:19.22; 18. Amanda Zahradnik 2:22.48. 200 ind. medley — 11. Kelli Bednar 2:33.92; 16. Johnson 2:36.53; 20. Meredith Fritz 2:41.12; 29. Leah Lumley 2:52.98. 50 freestyle — 7. Splinter 26.43; 10. Haugland 27.13; 18. Jacqi Srock 28.60; ; 27. Ingrid Baudler 29.86. Diving — 2. Courtney Fleming 296; 5. Caroline Brown 254.85; 12. Robyn O’Leary 194.15. 100 butterfly — 2. Splinter 1:04.52; 10. Losee 1:10.91; 15. Edwards 1:14.32; 16. Smith 1:15.08. 100 freestyle — 9. Haugland 1:00.30; 15. Srock 1:03.28; 19. Aker 1:04.21. 500 freestyle — 9. Heimark 6:03.61; 15. Zahradnik 6:15.23; 19. Fritz 6:26.24; 21. Lumley 6:32.53. 200 freestyle relay — 5. (Splinter, Bednar, Heimark, Haugland) 1:47.84; 12. (Edwards, Fritz, Srock, Baudler) 1:55.61; 14. (Aker, Hannah Thompson, Ashley Wilson, Losee) 1:57.09. 100 backstroke — 4. Brooke Johnson 1:06.47; 12. Halsey 1:12.37; 22. Grev 1:19.23; 25. Bachmeier 1:20.97. 100 breaststroke — 4. Bednar 1:15.91; 9. Audrey DeVries 1:20.29; 23. Besel 1:27.05; 30. Lauren Stasi 1:30.00. 400 freestyle relay — 7. (Johnson, Fritz, Srock, Heimark) 4:10.16; 9. (Losee, Aker, Halsey, Thompson) 4:14.89; 15. (Edwards, Zahradnik, DeVries, Baudler) 4:25.69.

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