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A girls state tournament that's almost 100 years old? It happened on the Iron Range.

By JOEL RIPPEL, Star Tribune, 11/16/23, 2:00PM CST


This week's girls swimming and diving state meet will be the 48th in the modern era. But Minnesota's true pioneers first competed in the 1920s in pools funded by mining.

Chisholm’s Anne Govednik made it biggest among girls who competed for swimming state titles on the Iron Range. She competed in the 1932 Olympics. (Star Tribune)

Girls swimming faded away until the 1970s. The first MSHSL state meet was held in 1975.

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