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Red Wing’s Chris Byrne races down the lane during his leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay during the Class 1A state boys swimming and diving prelims Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Wingers placed 13th with a time of 3 minutes, 24.02 seconds. (Photo by Sally Roth/Eagle Eye Photographs)

Boys Swimming: Alms, 200 free relay advance at state

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Red Wing senior Tanner Alms, and the Wingers’ 200-yard freestyle relay, are in medal contention after the preliminary round of the Class 1A boys swimming and diving state championship meet Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

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As he continues his bid for a fourth straight 500 freestyle title, Alms will be competing as the No. 3 seed after a qualifying time of 4 minutes, 47.96 seconds. In a top three field separated by .30 seconds, Alms sits behind St. Thomas Academy’s Warren Sexson (4:47.66) and Fridley’s Alberto Orejuela (4:47.92). Last year, Alms won the 500 free title with a time of 4:36.73.

In the second race of the day, the 200 freestyle, Alms got the No. 2 seed with a time of 1:44.89. Orejuela holds the top seed with a time of 1:44.60. 

With all three of Red Wing’s relay teams qualifying for state, the 200 free relay was the only one to qualify for the championship heat with a seventh-place time of 1:30.09. Section foe St. Thomas Academy enters as the top seed at 1:27.80. 

The Wingers’ 400 freestyle relay will compete in the consolation heat after placing 13th at 3:24.02. The 200 medley relay team placed 18th at prelims with a time of 1:46.24.

The Class 1A state championship meet gets underway at noon today at the University of Minnesota.

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