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Andover swim coach Marcia Ford’s message to her young team after the Class AA state swimming and diving meet was simple.
“This is a learning process. This is just the beginning, every year we will do a little better,” she said after the team collected 22 points to place 21st among 34 teams at the final meet of the season.

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While no area swimmers made the Class AA state swim finals, the experience gained by competing against the best in the state made the trip to the University of Minnesota pool worth it.

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Kelci Bryant’s name might not ring a bell when it comes to famous Olympic athletes like Lindsey Vonn or Usain Bolt but the stand-out University of Minnesota diver has competed for Team USA in synchronized diving (with partner Ariel Rittenhouse) at the last two summer Olympics. She placed fourth at the 2008 Beijing games and won a silver medal at the 2012 London games and has a host of other national and international awards.

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