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Three TH swimmers head to state meet

Leann Fynboh, Marina Schreiner and Allie Mayfield pose before swim practice on Wednesday. The three girls advanced to the state swim meet, which will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo by Heather Mayfield.1 / 2
The Two Harbors Swim Team holds its second-place plaque at the Section 7A meet. They went undefeated this season for the third time, increasing their three-year record to 30-0. Photo by Heather Mayfield.2 / 2

The accolades the swim team has earned this year just won't stop.

First, the team went undefeated in dual meets for the third year straight. Hanging on the wall in the Two Harbors High School pool is a huge poster emblazoned with 30-0 -- their record for the last three seaons.

They're also making their mark on the record board hanging alongside the pool. Two of those records were bested this year, and head coach Heather Mayfield expects many more improved upon in the coming seasons. The team also finished second at the Section 7A tournament this year, earning a new plaque to decorate the wall.

Three girls performed well enough at the meet to advance on to the State Tournament at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in the Twin Cities. Sophomores Marina Schreiner and Allie Mayfield and junior Leann Fynboh will head down to the meet next Tuesday.

"The experience itself is really exciting for them," Coach Mayfiend said of the meet.

Fynboh and Schreiner will be returning for the second time and this is Allie Mayfield's first trip (and yes, Allie is Coach Mayfield's daughter).

Fynboh, who has also made trips to state in track, will be racing the 50-yard freestyle next week. She started swimming in fourth grade and has steadily improved since. After recovering from an injury earlier this fall, she is happy to have made it to the big leagues again.

"My goal is to break the record," Fynboh said, and she's not too far away. Her current personal record is 25.4 in the race; the record stands at 24.8.

Schreiner, who was also recovering from an injury, said she's happy to have made it through the season healthy. She will be competing in the 500-yard freestyle race at the state meet, and there won't be a break when she returns -- she will head straight into nordic ski season.

Swimming runs in the family for Allie Mayfield. Her mom grew up with a swimming-obsessed dad who passed that love onto all of his kids. Now, Allie is continuing the tradition. She started swimming competitively just two years ago, but she dove in (literally), joining summer swim camps and training year round. She will be competing in two events at state -- the 200-yard and the 500-yard freestyle races.

Allie said she hopes to beat her previous time, make it to the finals in her events, and "not to get dead last in anything," she added with a laugh.

Over the weekend, the girls will be resting to prepare for the capstone of a successful season. To any young swimmers and athletes, they said the only secret to getting where they are is hard work.

"Push yourself in practice," Fynboh said. "If you slack in practice, it's not going to help you."

"Follow your dreams and work for them," Mayfield added.

Outside of their success in the pool the girls have gained something more -- close friendships and a support network. Schreiner didn't hesitate when asked what her favorite part about swimming is.

"All the friends I've made," she said.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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