Every time Staples-Motley senior Abby Palmer dives into a pool, chances are a record will fall.
Of the 11 swimming events in high school swimming and diving, Palmer holds six individual school records and is part of three school-record relay teams.
On Aug. 28, in her first-ever attempt at the 100-yard butterfly, Palmer broke school and pool records with a time of 1:05.22.
"I didn't know what to expect," said Cardinals coach Bruce Onischuk. "I just wanted to see how she could do."
The school record was established in 1988. The pool record was posted two years ago by a girl from Fosston.
Palmer also won the 200 individual medley and helped the 200 freestyle relay of Kendell Spar, Britta Binek and Palmer's younger sister, Anne, break the pool record. That foursome also won the 400 freestyle relay.
"I wasn't in the pool that much this summer," said Palmer. "I was doing more weightlifting and dryland stuff.
"I got in the pool about the middle of July and we started practice in August."
Palmer owns the 50 and 100 free school records, the 200 IM, the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke. The only three events she does not have school records in are the 200 and 500 freestyle and diving.
"Sometimes I get really embarrassed," Palmer said about all the records. "I've been working really hard in practice but breaking all the records, that's not a goal of mine.
"It's nice to know coach has confidence to fill me in anywhere. He can put me anywhere to help the team out."
Palmer has been to the state Class 1A meet three straight years. She finished fourth in the IM at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. She is the first Cardinal swimmer to medal at state and earn all-state honors.
Palmer also finished 13th in the 100 freestyle at state, cementing her status as the best swimmer in school history.
"I'm extremely focused on my goals," she said. "The state championship is in my sight right now. I'm not going to settle for fourth place."
She also wants to help the 400-free relay make a solid showing at state. She likes swimming with her younger sister and likes the bond created by the four relay swimmers.
That team concept is why Palmer is one of the biggest ambassadors and recruiters for the Cardinals.
"That's basically my whole summer," she said. "I teach swimming and if I see a girl with a lot of ability I give them a call right away. Being a captain, I feel it's my responsibility to keep the enrollment and team up, just try and keep up the involvement. It's hard to keep the numbers up but we try as hard as we can."
For Onischuk, who's coached Palmer since sixth grade, the state tournament, the last meet of the year, will be bittersweet.
"I'm going to miss her terrible," he said. "Not just the talent but just the fact that' she's Abby. She's a good kid."
Other notable performances:
Cross country -- Megan Meyer, Little Falls, won the Milaca Invitational with a time of 17:02.
Soccer -- Jessica Olson, Little Falls, scored two goals in a 2-0 victory over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. She added another goal against St. Cloud Apollo.
Tennis -- Beth Stockman, Crosby-Ironton, finished 4-0 last week. The No. 2 doubles team of Betsy Wehseler and Farah Steinke also was 4-0.
Val Meschke, Pequot Lakes, finished 5-0 last week.
Emma Pipek, Staples-Motley, was 4-0 last week.
Volleyball -- Brianna Wynn, Crosby-Ironton, recorded 13 kills, 4 digs and 1 ace serve vs. Pillager.
Ashley Athman, Pierz, had 13 kills, 4 blocks, 1 set assist and 2 digs vs. Becker. She added 8 kills and a dig in a win over C-I.
Tara Buckingham, Pillager, had 13 kills and four digs in a loss to Upsala.
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