The Two Harbors-Silver Bay 400-yard freestyle relay team is already one of the most decorated in program history, but the team of four seniors had a couple more accomplishments to add to their already impressive resume at the Section 7A meet Saturday, Nov. 9, in Hibbing.
The team of Riley Larson, Jada Larson, Kaylee Overby and Kate Thomasen not only repeated as Section 7A champions in the 400-yard relay, they set a new section record with a time of 3 minutes, 38.53 seconds. The Agates broke a record they set on the way to the 2018 section title.
The same group of swimmers also picked up a section title in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:52.09, nearly three quarters of a second faster than second place Mesabi East.
Not content with relay honors, Overby and Riley Larson both picked up individual event wins.
Overby won both the 200-yard individual medley — setting a Section 7A record along the way with a time of 2:14.2 — and the 100-yard breaststroke. Overby will be competing at the state meet for the fourth consecutive year and making her fifth trip overall. In 2015, Overby was an alternate on the 400-yard relay team that qualified for the state meet.
Riley Larson took the Section 7A title in 200-yard freestyle in 1:59.84 and qualified in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing a tenth of a second behind Geli Stenson of Hibbing.
Riley’s twin sister, Jada Larson, qualified for the state meet in the 100-yard butterfly. Thomasen also qualified for state in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, finishing second behind Hibbing Meghan Minne in both.
The group of four seniors have left a legacy of section titles and records that Coach Heather Mayfield hopes will be a springboard for the next generation of Agate swimmers, much like the girls on 2015 state-qualifying team were for the current crop of seniors.
“It seems like there are always girls ahead of them to inspire them to be their best,” Mayfield said. “They had a crew a crew ahead of them that just kept inspiring them and were like, ‘Hey, we want to be like those girls some day.’ These seniors are are definitely a class that are going to leave a lot of records on that board and definitely a class that are inspiring that younger generation as well.”
The state meet is Nov. 14-16 in Minneapolis.
Section 7A Championships
1. Mesabi East 375; 2. Hibbing 331; 3. Two Harbors-Silver Bay 319; 4. Eveleth-Gilbert 225; 5. Proctor-Hermantown 179; 6. Duluth Denfeld 176; 7. Virginia 172; 8. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 154; 9. International Falls 139; 10. Northeast Range-Ely 9565; 11. Chisholm 51
200-yard medley — TH (Riley Larson, Kylee Overby, Jada Larson, Kate Thomasen) 1:52.09; ME, (Emma Williams, Kylie Meyer, Lydia Skelton, Hannah Nygaard) 1:52.85; 200 freestyle — Riley Larson, TH, 1:59.84; Grace Brunfelt, ME, 2:00.01; 200 individual medley — Kaylee Overby, TH, 2:14.20; Haley Melin, PH, 2:18.67; 50 freestyle — Meghan Minne, Hib, 24.51; Kate Thomasen, TH, 24.75; Elli Jankila, EG, 24.81; Diving — Kailey Fossell, ME, 399.05; Maddy Clusiau, Hib, 308.75; Helen Phenning, V, 254.05; Elly Blazevic, DD, 246.35; 100 butterfly — Lindsay Johnson, DD, 1:01.09; Jada Larson, TH, 1:01.29; 100 freestyle — Meghan Minne, Hib, 52.88; Kate Thomasen, TH, 53.30; 500 freestyle — Geli Stenson, Hib, 5:26.55; Riley Larson, TH, 5:26.65; 200 freestyle relay — Hib, (Meghan Minne, Natalie Skorich, Madison St. George, Geli Stenson) 1:40.75; EG, Elli Jankila, Amara Carey, Carly George, Mollie Albrecht) 1:41.67; 100 backstroke — Emma Williams, ME, 1:02.07; Siiri Hakala, ME, 1:05.39; 100 breaststroke — Kaylee Overby, TH, 1:09.61; Lauryn Devich, V, 1:10.06; 400 freestyle relay — TH, (Riley Larson, Jada Larson, Kaylee Overby, Kate Thomasen) 3:38.53; ME, (Lydia Skelton, Hannah Nygaard, Adrianna Lehmkuhl, Grace Brunfelt)3:41.83.