Richfield’s Miller places 10th in state Class A diving competition

Richfield had three entrants in the State Class A Swimming and Diving Meet Nov. 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Spartan senior Courtney Miller achieved her team’s highest finish with a 10th-place total of 305.70 points. She was eighth at state as a junior.

Miller qualified for state by winning a gold medal in that event at the Section 4A meet.

Richfield junior Kinya Gilbert competes in the 50-yard freestyle event during the state Class A swimming meet Nov. 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Gilbert placed 12th in her event. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Sun Newspapers)

Richfield junior Kinya Gilbert competes in the 50-yard freestyle event during the state Class A swimming meet Nov. 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Gilbert placed 12th in her event. (Photo by Brian Nelson – Sun Newspapers)

Richfield junior Kinya Gilbert also participated in state action. She placed 12th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.79 seconds. Gilbert had a time of 25.02 in the prelims.

Richfield’s 200 freestyle relay team of Gilbert, Cori Benson, Claire Magno and Aya Eid also advanced to state by didn’t qualify for the championship or consolation finals. The Spartans’ 23rd-place time was 1:43.97.

Richfield placed 32nd as a team at state. Northfield was Class A champion with 223 points. Sartell-St. Stephen finished second (175) and Visitation was third (172).

Richfield head coach Marc Hamren was proud of his swimmers’ efforts in state competition.

“Miller had one failed attempt on her 10th dive,” said Hamren. “But she displayed her character and staying power by coming back to hit high scores on her last dive and placing 10th.”

Hamren also liked the way Gilbert responded to state pressures in the 50 freestyle.

“Kinya had a somewhat disappointing time in the prelims but still made the top 16 by qualifying 15th,” said Hamren. “Then Gilbert did a great job in the finals moving up five places.

“Kinya will be back next season for her senior season. Competing at state was a good experience for her.

“It was great that we had swimmers in three events at state,” added Hamren.

 

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