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Grand Forks girls swimming preview

Red River freshman Elsa Musselman finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at last season's state swim meet. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

GF Central

Coach: Bryan Walls.

2017: Sixth at EDC Championships, seventh at state.

Key graduation losses: Lexi Ljunggren (state champion in 200 and 500 freestyles), Corrine Dalquist.

Returning EDC and state top-16 open placers: Jr. Ellie Pulkrabek (4th EDC, 3rd state, 500 freestyle; 4th EDC, 4th state, 200 freestyle); soph. Zoie Frattin (5th EDC, 11th state, 200 IM; 3rd EDC, 100 backstroke); jr. Kate Woidtke (14th EDC, 16th state, 100 breaststroke); 8th-grader Madeline Elseth (12th EDC, 200 freestyle; 12th EDC, 100 freestyle); sr. Lexie Pulkrabek (12th EDC, 50 freestyle); soph. Jadyn Anderson (13th EDC, 50 freestyle); soph. Emily Grosz (13th EDC, 100 freestyle).

Potential new impact athletes: Fr. Bella Stockeland, 7th-grader Morgan Uhlir.

Knights coach Walls says: "We graduated Lexi, so we'll be missing some big points there. Hopefully, we can replace that scoring with depth. We have good depth, a lot of solid swimmers. Ellie Pulkrabek in the 500 should be a state (title) contender. Lexi Pulkrabek and Madeline Elseth should be contending for high places at state as well.''

Red River

Coach: Bryan Walls.

2017: Fourth at EDC Championships, fourth at state.

Key graduation loss: Lauryn MacLeod.

Returning EDC and state top-16 open placers: Fr. Elsa Musselman (3rd EDC, 2nd state, 200 freestyle; 2nd EDC, 4th state, 100 freestyle); jr. Liddy Ohe (4th EDC, 5th state, 50 freestyle; 2nd EDC, 3rd state, 100 backstroke); jr. Jordyn Danielson (3rd EDC, 5th state, 500 freestyle; 8th EDC, 8th state, 200 freestyle); sr. Kaitlin Watson (4th EDC, 8th state, 100 breaststroke; 12th EDC, 200 IM); fr. Olivia Olson (11th EDC, 100 backstroke); fr. Hannah Lewis (12th EDC, 100 breaststroke); jr. Elise Johnson (14th EDC, 100 freestyle); jr. Madi Behm (15th EDC, 100 butterfly).

Potential new impact athletes: None.

Roughriders coach Walls says: "We have everybody back who scored points at state except Lauryn. Elsa had an amazing summer season. We look for her to contend (for state titles) in the 100 and 200. Jordyn could contend in the 500, too. And Liddy also should be a strong contender for a high state place. Central has more depth as far as numbers. Red River has a smaller group, but with maybe a little more individual talent.''

Compiled by Greg DeVillers

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