The Crookston Crocs swim team competed in the Grand Forks Iceberg Invitational Jan. 26-27. A total of 12 Crocs participated in the first meet of the new year.
"All the swimmers had very good time in all their events," said coach Ken Stromberg. "We had nine girls swimming in this meet that range from ages nine through 14, which will help build the Pirate girls' team. The nine girls and three boys are really starting to see great time improvement in their swims, which is important as we head to state in March."
Leading the Crocs was Thomas Mykleseth, age 15, who placed first in six of his seven events and runner-up in another.
Patrick Matlack, age 11, had a pair of first place finishes in the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke, while Kate MacGregor, age 12, placed first in the 200 backstroke and was runner-up in four other events. Elizabeth Erdman, age ten, finished with a pair of runner-up finishes.
The other eight Crocs cut significant time from their events.
"Eight of the twelve swimmers had fantastic time improvement and also showed areas we need to work on," said Stromberg. "We had four swimmers (Sarah Matlack, Madison Hoiland, Kaleb Pry and Patrick Matlack) change age groups which makes their job of qualifying for the State swim meet a little harder."
The Crocs will be head to Fargo, Jamestown and Fargo again for meets before State in Grand Forks March 15-17.