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Local swimmers compete at state, national levels

Walter and Audrey DeKock of New Richmond and Stephanie LeMire had outstanding winter seasons competing for the St. Croix Swim Club out of Stillwater.

The DeKocks swam in the 2009 Minnesota State Short Course Championships in Rochester, with Audrey swimming on March 6-8 and Walter swimming on March 12-15.

Audrey DeKock competed in the 11-12 age group, swimming in these individual events at state: 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, 100 butterfly, 100 individual medley and 200 individual medley. She also swam in these relay events: 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

Her top individual finish was a fifth place performance in the 100 breaststroke. Her 200 medley relay team was a state champion.

Three of her relay teams are nationally ranked. The 200 freestyle relay is 14th, the 200 medley relay is ranked 14th and the 400 medley relay is ranked eighth.

Audrey made the 2008 zone team that traveled to Indianapolis last summer where she competed for Team Minnesota. Audrey's goal is to qualify for Team Minnesota's zone team when she turns 13 this summer. That event will be held at the University of North Dakota in August.

Walter competed in the boys 13-14 age group and qualified in several events for short course state. Walter swam all personal best times at state in Rochester and looks forward to making Minnesota's zone team as well. Along with sprint events, Walter qualified for state in the 1,000 and mile swim.

LeMire competed in Orlando, Fla. at the Junior National Short Course Championships March on 17-21. As a 13-year-old she qualified in six events. She was one of four 13-year-olds who qualified for the national meet.

This is the first level of national meets where swimmers race according to their time, not in an age group category. Many high school seniors swim in this meet hoping to swim fast enough for college recruiters to offer scholarships. This meet draws the fastest 18-year-olds and younger from the United States.

LeMire swam the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle and the 50-, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. She swam a qualifying time in the 200-yard breaststroke for the next level national meet held each December in Texas.

LeMire also made the top 10 list of swimmers in the United States for 12-year-olds. She is ranked sixth nationally in the 50-yard freestyle, seventh in the 50-yard breaststroke and tenth in the 200-yard freestyle.