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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Crocs sending 14 to N.D. State Meet in GF

  • "We hope to have a lot of swimmers come back with high-point trophies," said Crocs coach Ken Stromberg.
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  • The Crookston Crocs youth swim team will send 14 members to the North Dakota USA Swimming Short Course Championship Friday through Sunday at UND Hyslop Pool in Grand Forks.
    "We hope to have a lot of swimmers come back with high-point trophies," said Crocs coach Ken Stromberg. "It makes it hard for us to know where we stand because we see a lot of teams on the eastern side of state. We don't see many kids from the western side of the state so we don't know quite how fast they are."
    Coach Stromberg noted the age cycle in swimming is something to keep an eye on.
    Some kids that were really fast last year and were on top of their age group are now swimming with a new age group," he said. "It's an interesting thing on how they qualify."
    Coach Stromberg picked out a few swimmers he expects to have good performances at the state meet.
    "For girls nine to ten years old, Emma Boerger and Elizabeth Erdman have a really strong opportunity to do well," he said.
    "Kaleb Pry and Andrew MacGregor in boys nine to ten years old are coming along nicely and we are expecting to see good time improvements from them," Stromberg continued.
    "At 11 to 12, Thea Oman has really gotten stronger this year. We are expecting good things out of her," he explained.
    "Kate MacGregor swam high school this year and she is ranked really high. I know she is hoping to get a couple first, second or third place medals at this meet," added Stromberg.
    "Jaden Lubarski, 12 years old, is going to do really good. He is sitting at the top of his age group and doing really well," Stromberg noted.
    "Sierra Pry, who also swam for the high school team, and Thomas Mykleseth just moved up to new age groups," continued Stromberg. "We don't know how that's going to end up for them."
    Emma Boerger (10)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 4
    Favorite stroke: Butterfly and Breaststroke
    Goals for State Meet: To drop time in all my events and get 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the meet.
    Emma is in 5th grade. She loves basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, doing flips on the trampoline and playing with her friends. She also loves her Pirate Sister, Kaylee Derosier!
    200 IM - 3:10.83
    200 Free Relay A 1
    50 Free - 34.74
    50 Fly - 40.30
    200 Medley Relay A Breast
    100 Fly - 1:31.72
    100 Breast - 1:36.67
    50 Breast - 42.97
    Elizabeth Erdman (10)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 2½
    Favorite stroke: Breaststroke
    Page 2 of 4 - Goals for State Meet: To get at least two medals and to do my best.
    Elizabeth is in 5th grade at Highland School. Her best stroke is the breaststroke, but her fastest start is the backstroke. When she is not swimming, she loves to sing, bake and take care of her cat, Mia.
    500 Free - 6:49.03
    200 Free Relay A 4
    200 Free - 2:41.67
    50 Free - 32.88
    200 Medley Relay A Fly
    100 IM - 1:24.49
    100 Free - 1:12.76
    Madison Hoiland (9)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 1
    Favorite stroke: Breaststroke
    Goals for State Meet: First place in every event.
    Madison is in 3rd grade. She likes basketball and skating and has an A+ in math and an A in reading.
    200 Free Relay A 2
    200 Free - 3:08.34
    200 Medley Relay A Free
    100 Breast - 1:55.97
    50 Breast - 53.47

    Kate MacGregor (12)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 6
    Favorite stroke: Backstroke and Butterfly
    Goals for State Meet: To place in the top 3 in all of my events and to drop 7 seconds on my 200 backstroke for a AAA time.
    Kate is in the 7th grade at CHS and also swam for the Pirates swim team this fall. She also loves spending time with her friends, gymnastics, dance, and doing flips on the trampoline.
    200 Fly - 2:51.82
    100 Back - 1:12.46
    50 Fly - 31.34
    200 Back - 2:33.94
    100 Fly - 1:13.40
    100 Free - 1:01.80
    Sarah Matlack (9)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 3
    Favorite stroke: Breaststroke
    Goals for State Meet: To do my best and to decrease my swim times.
    Sarah is in third grade at Highland and her favorite subject is math. In the winter she likes to go sledding and snowboarding. She likes to hang out in her room and draw people and dogs. She also enjoys watching football and playing sports!
    50 Fly - 48.39
    50 Breast - 53.30
    Thea Oman (12)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 4
    Favorite stroke: Freestyle and Breaststroke
    Goals for State Meet: Thea wants to continue drop time in her qualifying events and set some PR's at the state meet.
    Thea is in 6th grade. She plays basketball, piano, loves water sports, hanging out with friends, traveling and music.
    200 Breast - 3:08.68
    50 Free - 29.09
    100 IM - 1:15.88
    100 Breast - 1:23.32
    100 Free - 1:05.30
    50 Breast - 38.06
    Sierra Pry (15)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 8
    Favorite stroke: Butterfly
    Goals for State Meet: To drop at least six seconds in each event I swim.
    Page 3 of 4 - Sierra is in 9th grade. She loves to read and her favorite race is the 500 free.
    200 IM - 2:39.78
    200 Free - 2:23.20
    100 Breast - 1:27.26
    100 Free - 1:02.55
    100 Back - 1:13.65
    500 Free - 6:22.84

    Muira MacRae
    Years on Crocs swim team: 5
    Favorite stroke: Freestyle
    Goals for State Meet: To be there to support my team and learn from the experience.
    Muira is in the 6th grade and besides swimming she also loves to dance. She likes traveling, reading and art and loves being with her friends. Muira would like to thank her family, friends, community and Coach Ken for all their support.
    Kelsey Roed (10)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 4
    Favorite stroke: Breaststroke
    Goals for State Meet: To drop one second or more in each event.
    Kelsey is in 5th grade. She loves to swim, water ski, hunt, spend time with her family and play basketball.
    200 IM - 3:31.75
    200 Free Relay A 3
    50 Free - 36.33
    200 Medley Relay A Back
    100 IM - 1:35.25
    100 Breast - 1:42.10
    100 Free - 1:20.69
    50 Breast - 46.83
    Jaden Lubarski (12)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 5
    Favorite stroke: Freestyle
    Goals for State Meet: Break 27 seconds in the 50 free, as well as cut time in all other events.
    Jaden's teacher is Mrs. Chapman and he goes to Highland Elementary. He is in 6th grade and also enjoys playing basketball, baseball and football.
    200 Free - 2:18.50
    50 Free - 27.91
    50 Fly - 35.44
    100 IM - 1:14.79
    100 Free - 1:04.77
    50 Back - 33.36
    Andrew MacGregor (10)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 4
    Favorite stroke: Breaststroke
    Goals for State Meet: To drop time and place in the top five in all of my events.
    Andrew is in the 4th grade at Cathedral school. He is also involved in Webelos and enjoys camping, drawing, track, playing the Wii and jumping on the trampoline.
    50 Free - 35.33
    100 Free - 1:24.01
    50 Breast - 50.73
    Patrick Matlack (11)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 3
    Favorite stroke: Butterfly
    Goals for State Meet: Win! My goal is to decrease my times and set new personal best times.
    Patrick is in the fifth grade at Highland. His best subject is spelling and he really likes to read. When not swimming he likes to play football and baseball.
    100 Back - 1:25.72
    50 Free - 32.45
    50 Back - 39.97
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    Thomas Mykleseth (16)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 3
    Favorite stroke: Freestyle
    Tommy is in the ninth grade. He enjoys swimming long distance races. He is most improved this year in the breaststroke and backstroke. When not swimming he enjoys running and being involved in track.
    200 IM - 2:30.97
    200 Free - 2:07.52
    100 Breast - 1:19.74
    100 Free - 57.71
    200 Breast - 2:52.61
    500 Free - 5:54.05

    Kaleb Pry (9)
    Years on Crocs swim team: 2
    Favorite Stroke: Freestyle
    Goals for State Meet: To get a medal or a trophy.
    Kaleb is in 3rd grade and his dad is a cop.
    50 Free - 36.25
    50 Fly - 46.88
    100 Breast - 1:54.85
    100 Free - 1:23.80
    50 Breast - 52.42
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