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Woodbury girls swim/dive season concludes tonight

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The Woodbury girls swimming and diving season reaches its terminus on Saturday night with the finals of the Class AA State meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

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Four Royals individuals and one relay team qualified for their respective finals heats after preliminary diving competition on Wednesday and swimming trials on Thursday in the Gophers' natatorium.

Britta Sortland will compete in the championship competition of both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly events, as will Natalie Lugg in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Sortland, a junior, swam an All-American qualifying time of 23.73 seconds to head into the final as the No. 3 seeded competitor. Her butterfly time of 57.68 was good for the No. 7 position in the finals.

Lugg, a senior, recorded the fourth-best time in the breaststroke (1 minute, 5.90 seconds) and qualified for the title round tonight.

Both Sortland and Lugg join teammates Elizabeth Gross and Cassie Cedarholm for the concluding event of the meet and Woodbury's autumn sports campaign -- the 400-yard freestyle relay -- as the foursome qualified for the championship heat with a prelim swim of 3:33.70. The result is an All-American Consideration time and was fifth-best on Friday night.

WHS junior diver Erin Kohlbeck stands solidly in third place with a score of 281.90 after preliminary and semifinal competition, less than 14 points off the pace of Stillwater's Maggie Keefer atop the leaderboard. Sophomore Emily Bonfig begins tonight's final in sixth with a score of 258.35.

Tonight's competition begins at 6 p.m.

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