LeMire, DeKock swim at Minnesota state meet
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.
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.