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Audrey DeKock of New Richmond and Stephanie LeMire of Somerset (right) swam in the 2010 Minnesota Senior Swim Championships.

LeMire, DeKock swim at Minnesota state meet

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Stephanie LeMire of Somerset and Audrey DeKock of New Richmond performed well in the Minnesota Senior State Swimming Championships, held in Rochester on March 18-21.

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Both girls swim for St. Croix Swim Club out of Stillwater. They are coached by former Olympic swimmer Olga Espinosa.

LeMire, 14, broke two Minnesota state records. She set a new record in the 200-yard Individual Medley at 2:05.81 and a new record in the 100-yard IM at 59.31. Both previous records were set in 2008.

LeMire missed the 100-yard breaststroke state record by one-tenth of a second and the 200-yard breaststroke state record by six-tenths of a second. She was Minnesota state female high point winner. She placed first in four individual events and three relays. LeMire also placed in the top four in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 200-freestyle. She broke six club records: 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard IM and 20-yard IM.

She qualified for senior nationals in three events: the 100-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM. Senior nationals will be swum in December. LeMire's next big competition will be the Long Course Junior Nationals in August in Irvine, Calif.

LeMire swam as a freshman at Hill-Murray High School this year. She took second place in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle in the Minnesota High School state championships. She was also named section Swimmer of the Year and Most Valuable Swimmer for Hill-Murray.

DeKock competed as a 13-year-old. She placed fifth in 100-yard breaststroke, sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke where she improved her personal best time by seven seconds, 12th in the 100-yard IM, 14th in the 400-yard IM, 15th in the 100-yard butterfly, 23rd in the 200-yard IM and 34th in the 100-yard freestyle. She qualified for five finals (prelims were swam in the morning with the top 16 making it back for evening finals).

DeKock swam in the 200-yard medley relay which took first place (LeMire anchored the freestyle swimming relay). DeKock's other relays had a seventh and two ninth places. DeKock qualifies with a full roster of six events for central zones, which will be held this August and Speedos at the University of Minnesota this summer. Speedos is the first level that a swimmer is seeded by their time and not by their age.

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