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CEC swimmers wrap up season

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swim team's season ended at the Section 5A swimming meet Saturday in Sauk Rapids. CEC's Lexus Wysocki just missed qualifying for the state meet in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming to a third-place finish (top two qualify ...

The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swim team's season ended at the Section 5A swimming meet Saturday in Sauk Rapids.

CEC's Lexus Wysocki just missed qualifying for the state meet in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming to a third-place finish (top two qualify for State). CEC was sixth in the section team totals.

"I think the team made great strides this year," Coach Stacia Grayson said. "We placed higher than we had in recent years at the section meet, and our relays had some really incredible races.

"We won a few meets this year and the girls found out how fun that can be. We have a group of young swimmers who are already leaders on the team. The team has grown incredibly over the past four years and I think they are starting to realize their own potential."

Grayson will welcome back Wysocki next year along with a host of younger swimmers, including fellow sprint freestyler Faith Carlson. Only one senior is leaving the team, Chloe Klingaman.

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"My goals as a coach have been to make swimming fun for the girls and to try to teach them to set personal goals and realize that hard work will pay off," Grayson said. "Our team is still young and it's been fun to watch the girls look up to some of the faster swimmers and want to be that fast and start to ask how they can improve. I think that is a great sign for things to come for this team."

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