Olson swimmers bridge three generations

Dick, Nick, and Brad Olson all have a history with the MN State Swim Meet. Photo by Sarah Mattson

After 56 years, an Olson returned to the MN state swimming meet. Nick Olson, grandson of Dick and Phyllis Olson of Ely, swam at the 2018 MN State Swimming and Diving meet held at the University of Minnesota on March 2-3. Nick, a junior at Alexandria Area High School, swam the 200 and 500 yard freestyle along with the 200 medley relay and 4x100 freestyle relay. Dick also swam the 200 yard freestyle in a state meeting representing Ely Memorial High School in 1960, 1961, and 1962. Nick’s dad, Brad, was also a distance swimmer for EHS in 1983-1986. The Alexandria Cardinals finished fourth as a team in the Class A field. The 200 yard medley relay took second place and the 4x100 freestyle relay finished fourth.