WILLMAR - Several Marshall swimmers advanced from the preliminary round of the MSHSL Class A Section 3 Championships on Thursday.
The top 16 individuals or teams moved into the final round, which take place Saturday at Willmar.
Kylie Vermeire won the 500 freestyle in 5:25.08 and swam third in the 200 freestyle in 2:00.80. She also advanced with relay teams in the 200 freestyle (with Abby Blanchette, Elizabeth Roseland and Ashley Dunn; seventh in 1:47.85) and in the 400 freestyle (also with Abby Blanchette, Elizabeth Roseland and Ashley Dunn; seventh in 3:56.11)
Dunn advanced in the 100 butterfly, where she was fifth in 1:02.20, and in the 100 backstroke, where she was seventh in 1:03.78.
The Tigers' 200 medley relay team - Ashley Schotzko, Kelsey Appel, Sameh Hedlin and Kelsey Pieschke - will compete in Saturday's final round after placing 11th in 2:17.77 on Thursday.
Blanchette used a time of 2:23 to win a swim-off against Waconia's Rachael Sanborn to reach the finals in the 200 individual medley. Blanchette and Sanborn tied with identical times of 2:27.85 in the preliminary race.
Blythe Bell placed 14th in the 500 freestyle in 5:51.23 to advance, while Blanchette became an alternate after ending up 17th in 5:55.64.
MSHSL CLASS A GIRLS SWIMMING
SECTION 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 11. Marshall (Ashley Schotzko, Kelsey Appel, Sameh Hedlin, Kelsey Pieschke), 2:17.77.
200 FREESTYLE - 3. Kylie Vermeire (M) 2:00.80; 25. Blythe Bell (M) 2:14.20; 32. Kelsey Appel (M) 2:21.49; 34. Ashley Schotzko (M) 2:26.86.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 16. Abby Blanchette (M) 2:27.85. NOTE: Blanchette has a time of 2:23 to defeat Waconia's Rachael Sanborn in a swim-off to advance to Saturday's section final round.
50 FREESTYLE - 30. Elizabeth Roseland (M) 27.67; 37. Kelsey Pieschke (M) 29.52.
100 BUTTERFLY - 5. Ashley Dunn (M) 1:02.20; 29. Sameh Hedlin (M) 1:17.40.
100 FREESTYLE - 28. Elizabeth Roseland (M) 1:01.45; 36. Kelsey Appel (M) 1:04.06; 37. Kelsey Pieschke (M) 1:05.07; 39. Ashley Schotzko (M) 1:06.43.
500 FREESTYLE - 1. Kylie Vermeire (M) 5:25.08; 14. Blythe Bell (M) 5:51.23; 17. Abby Blanchette (M) 5:55.64; 34. Sabrina Perrault (M) 6:24.67.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 7. Marshall (Abby Blanchette, Elizabeth Roseland, Ashley Dunn, Kylie Vermeire), 1:47.85.
100 BACKSTROKE - 7. Ashley Dunn (M) 1:03.78; 29. Kayli Ginocchio (M) 1:17.11.
100 BREASTSTROKE - No Marshall competitors.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 7. Marshall (Abby Blanchette, Elizabeth Roseland, Ashley Dunn, Kylie Vermeire), 3:56.11.