SARTELL -- In her first year as head coach, Marge Brutscher led her Little Falls Flyers to the Section 3, Class 1A swimming and diving championship Saturday.
Brutscher also came away with coach of the year honors.
Little Falls won by 59 points over second-place Sartell. Staples-Motley finished sixth with 158 points.
Jessie Ylitalo of Little Falls was named swimmer of the year, thanks to a first-place finish in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. She was also part of the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Teammate Julie Carlson also could have won swimmer of the year honor thanks to her victories in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. She was also part of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
The 200 freestyle team from Staples-Motley won its event with a school-record time of 1:45.05. Britta Binek, Kendall Spar, Katie Palmer and Abby Palmer all advance to the Class 1A state meet Nov. 19-21 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
Abby Palmer also advanced in the 200 individual medley with a school-record time of 2:21.31 and qualified by time standard in the 100 breaststroke in which she was third at 1:11.54.
Binek swam a school-record time of 2:05.56 in the 200 free but failed to qualify for state.
The Cardinals' 200 medley relay of Spar, the Palmers and Binek also swam a school-record time of 2:00.73 but did not advance to state.
Team scores -- 1-Little Falls 397, 2-Sartell 346, 3-Monticello 324, 4-Saint Cloud Cathedral 275, 5-Albany 240, 6-Staples-Motley 158, 7-Big Lake 151, 8-Becker 117, 9-Rocori 104, 10-Holdingford 73
200 medley relay -- 1- Little Falls (Julie Carlson, Emily Tschida, Maggie Neudecker, Jessie Ylitalo) 1:55.41, 6-Staples-Motley
200 freestyle -- 1- Shannon McNeil (Albany) 2:03.20, 3-Britta Binek (S-M), 5-Allison Zak (LF)
200 individual medley -- 1- Carlson (LF) 2:19.50, 2-Abby Palmer (S-M) 2:21.31
50 freestyle -- 1- Ylitalo (LF) 25.25, 7-Bittany Corrow (LF)
Diving -- 1- May Supan (Sartell) 320.00 points
100 butterfly -- 1- Merete Halverson (Albany) 1:02.26, 4-Maggie Neudecker (LF), 6-Binek (S-M)
100 freestyle -- 1- Ylitalo (LF) 55.37 3-Corrow (LF)
500 freestyle -- 1- Carlson (LF) 5:37.57
200 freestyle relay -- 1- Staples-Motley (Binek, Katie Palmer, Kendall Spar, Abby Palmer) 1:45.05 6-Little Falls (Corrow, Amanda Dunlap, Ashley Neudecker, Zak)
100 backstroke -- 1- Kristin Otterson (Monticello) 1:02.01, 7-Cassie Goldenstein (LF)
100 breaststroke -- 1- Stephanie Olson (St. Cloud Cathedral) 1:10.69, 3-Abby Palmer (S-M), 4-Tschida (LF), 5-Jenna Johnson (LF)
400 freestyle relay -- 1- Little Falls (Ylitalo, Corrow, Zak, Carlson) 3:48.33, 7-Staples-Motley
Next meet -- Class 1A state meet Nov. 19-21 at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
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