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Ella Schmiesing receives the gold medal from her coaches for winning the 100 yard breaststroke at the section meet, setting a school and personal best record with a time of 1:06.47. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

Freshman swimming phenom Ella Schmiesing didn't shy away from the expectations in her second Section 1A Championship meet as after qualifying in a pair of events in 2021, she once again qualified for two races in the MSHSL State Championship. With a first-place finish in the 100 yard breastroke and a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle race, Schmiesing punched her ticket to Minneapolis.

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Ella Schmiesing racing alongside a swimmer from Mankato East. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

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Kendra Westphal dives into the water as the final leg of the medley relay team. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

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Lilly Traxler eyes the water as she completes one of her diving attempts. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

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Kaylee Berger maintains position as she competes in the dive competition. (Ben Camp/Southernminn.com)

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