Alex Ackerlund

Helena High's Alex Ackerlund is the top-seeded swimmer from the Capital City heading into this weekend's State Meet in Great Falls.

photo courtesy Kelly Nelson

The latest swimming season concludes this weekend in Great Falls.

Prior to the postseason meet, the Capital High and Helena teams -- which have been without a permanent home since the closing and subsequent demolition of Carroll College’s PE Center pool three years ago -- held their annual crosstown meet at the YMCA last weekend.

“Since (the Y) is not a competition pool, the meet is held as a fun meet with the kids dressing up in wacky outfits and swimming unusual races and relays,” said coach Julie Youngblood, who directs both schools' teams. “Both schools participate as one team with no scoring.

“Since this is the final meet for non-state qualifiers, we had a pizza party afterward with discussion about the season and ideas for next season.”

Alex Ackerlund, a Helena High senior, is the top ranking for a local swimmer, according to the MHSA website. Ackerlund is seeded No. 7 for the boys 200 freestyle. He is also No. 16 in the 100 free.

The only other local athlete listed in the MHSA’s Top 10 is HHS’ Parker Keller, who is sitting ninth in the 100 breaststroke.

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Rounding out the local group in the MHSA’s Top 20, are Bengal Jacob Malaski in the 100 butterfly (11th) and 500 free (14th); and Capital’s Avree Klungland in the 100 backstroke (11th) and 100 free (15th), Maija Geier in the 100 backstroke (12th), Cassie Williams in the 50 free (13th), and Alex Barker in the boys 100 back (20th).

Lady Bengal Sarah Krattiger is 22nd in the 100 free.

In the relay events, the highest-seeded local clubs are the Lady Bruins' 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay; the HHS boys' 200 medley and 400 free relays; and the Bruin boys' 200 medley relay.

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