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Lear reaches pair of consolation finals

Lear reaches pair of consolation finals

A year after finishing 13th in both the 50 and 100 freestyle at state, Muscatine sophomore Abby Lear will have a chance to better those marks Saturday.

For the second year in a row, Lear qualified for the consolation finals in both events.

Lear finished 12th in the 50-yard preliminaries in 24.51, .28 seconds off the last spot in the finals. Lear's seed time of 24.10 would have seen her through to the finals.

Lear's 14th-place preliminaries finish was good enough to race for ninth in the 100-yard freestyle as well. She finished in 54.08, less than a second and a half shy of qualifying for the finals.

Lexi Hirt scored 171.25 points to fall short of the first cut-down in the state diving competition. The score left Hirt in 27th place.

Ellie Storr placed 32nd in the 200 IM preliminaries in a time of 2:20.24.

Along with Lear's individual events, the Muskies enter Saturday's 400 free relay seeded 20th behind a team of Lear, Storr, Jillian Hilbrant and Genevieve Millage.


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