Mayfield moves on to state finals, sets two new school records
Two Harbors-Silver Bay senior swimmer Allie Mayfield qualified for the state finals in the 500 yard freestyle at the Minnesota Class A preliminaries Thursday in Minneapolis.
Mayfield's time of five minutes, 19.36 seconds was good enough for 11th in the preliminaries and was more than 12 seconds better than her time at the Section 7A meet Saturday in Hibbing. Mayfield will swim in the finals Friday in Minneapolis.
"I jumped in the water and I felt good," Allie Mayfield said. "I was behind all the people in my heat until the last 100 yards and I pushed past and got first in the heat. It was an incredible feeling to push back any limitations that I had put on myself."
Allie Mayfield became the first Agate to qualify for the state finals in more than a dozen years in any event. She spent most of her summer shuttling back and forth between the North Shore Swim Club in Duluth and the weight room, all in an attempt to qualify for the finals.
Allie Mayfield qualified for the state meet the previous two years in the 500 freestyle, but finished last her sophomore year and second to last her junior year, making her improvement this year that much more impressive.
"I think it really motivated her last year watching her teammates from North Shore Swim Club have a lot of great success," Heather Mayfield said. "She swam doubles all summer and throughout the high school season she would swim early mornings and with the team in the evenings. There's nothing stopping her, it was great to watch her swim today."
Heather Mayfield, the Agates' coach and Allie's mother, said the day started really well when Mayfield set a new Two Harbors record in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:18.12, more than four seconds better than the previous record, which she also held. Her time wasn't good enough to qualify for the finals, but Allie Mayfield knew then it could be a special day. Her time in the 500 freestyle was also a new Two Harbors record by almost 12 seconds.
"A soon as she hit that time in the IM, we knew she hit her taper perfectly," Heather Mayfield said.
In addition to Allie Mayfield's events, Kari Haaversen competed in diving, finishing 27th in the state, and the 400 yard freestyle relay team finished 21st in the state with a time of 3:55.1. The team included Haaversen, Allie Mayfield and fellow seniors Julia McDonald and Marina Schreiner.
"We had an incredible season," Allie Mayfield said. "I'm so glad I got to go with the girls that I did and I think this was the best state that I ever had and it was because of the people I was with."