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LeMire wins five Minnesota state swimming titles

Steph LeMire of Somerset won five Minnesota state championships and set a new state record in the 100-yard individual medley.

Steph LeMire of Somerset and Audrey DeKock and Walter DeKock of New Richmond swam for the St. Croix Swim Club in the Minnesota Senior State Championships on March 17-20 in Rochester.

The St. Croix Swim Club is based out of Stillwater. The team is coached by former Olympic swimmer Olga Splichalova Espinosa.

LeMire, 15, competed in the 15-16 age group. She won five state championships. That includes setting a new Minnesota state record of 58.74 seconds in the 100-yard individual medley. That record had stood since 2003.

LeMire's other first place swims were in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.44; the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.40; the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.66; and the 400-yard individual medley in 4:28.50.

Her final two events were both seventh place finishes, in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke.

LeMire was also the high points champion for the Senior State Meet.

The next level for LeMire is to qualify for the Long Course Championships, which will be held in August at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Audrey DeKock, 14, competed in the girls 13-14 age group. She continues to show strength in the 200-yard distance. She placed seventh in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:19.31 and she took eighth place in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:32.47.

She placed in the top 16 in four more events, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly.

Walter DeKock, 16, swam in the boys 15-16 bracket. He qualified for the state meet in two freestyle event. He swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.61 and he finished the 100-yard freestyle in 52.87 seconds.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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