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Big day at state swim prelims for Red Wing's Alms

MINNEAPOLIS — Red Wing's Tanner Alms is set up for a busy — and possibly very eventful — Saturday in the Class A boys swimming and diving state finals.

In Friday's preliminaries, the freshman had the best time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.78) and the second-best time in the 200 (1:46.23). He was 1.72 seconds faster than the second-best 500 finisher, Max Pratt of Minneapolis Washburn. He was 1.6 seconds slower than the top 200 swimmer, Paul Fair of Monticello.

Alms will also be helping his teammates seek medals in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Andrew Berg, Sam Whitebear, Alms and Connor O'Keefe was fifth in the prelims with a time of 1:30.03, 2 1/2 seconds faster than their seed time.

Alms will also be in consolation finals with teammates Berg, O'Keefe and Adam Sienczak in the 400 free relay, where they were 11th Friday (3:22.38).

O'Keefe earned two spots in consolation finals: in the 200, where he was 14th (1:53.36) and the 100, where he was 13th (49.87).

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Ethan Myers of Red Wing also advanced to consolation finals by coming in 13th (5:09.19) in the 500.

Red Wing's Travis Carlson (20th in the 100 butterfly) and the 200 medley relay team (18th) also competed in the prelims but did not advance.

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