Tyler Schneider has a decision to make.
The distance specialist for the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team showed his prowess in the 200-yard individual medley Thursday to help the Warriors capture the Brainerd Invitational at Brainerd High School.
Schneider won the 200 IM in 2:12.62. The senior normally swims the 200 freestyle, which is the event prior to the IM.
Now he’ll have to chose which one suits him and the team better.
“I don’t usually get to swim it very much, but it’s my favorite event,” said Schneider, who was competing in the event for the first time this year. “I just wanted to go into it and go as fast as I can and see if I could beat the rest of the guys in the pool. I thought I could do it so I went out there and took it.”
Schneider led after the backstroke, which is the second 50 yards of the four. It’s also his weakest stroke. That gave him the confidence to go for the win.
“Tyler is one of those kids that can pretty much swim any event for us,” said Warriors head coach John Zemke. “He had a great IM today, so we’re going to have to decide what we’re going to do in the future. The 200 free and the 200 IM are back-to-back so you can’t do both. We’ll see where it all fits and what it looks like in the section.
“But Tyler had a great meet.”
Schneider made it a double victory by winning the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:21.06. Nick Goll placed third in 5:28.91, Andrew Solseth was sixth and Peder Smith was seventh. Those four helped Brainerd grow a big enough lead to feel comfortable with just four events remaining.
“I just try to go as fast and as hard as I can for as long as I can,” said Schneider. “There’s nothing too much more than that. I try not to think about it too much.
“After the IM, I was pretty tired so I didn’t know what to expect. I just went out and put as much into it as I could and it felt pretty good.”
Brainerd’s Josh McKeag continued his dominance in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 59.56. Seth Murrey captured the diving with a 183.25.
But Brainerd won on shear numbers. The Warriors finished with 22 top-five finishes leading to a 105-point victory over Monticello, who roster five returning state champion, including the pool-record breaking 100-yard butterflier Paul Fair, who posted a 53.32 to beat McKeag, who was second, Chase Wickman, who was fourth, and Matt Majerlie, who was fifth.
“I’ve been surprised by our depth,” said Zemke. “Our depth is a lot better than what I thought we would be at. The thing when kids start to grow you just never know how they’re going to progress from one year to the next. We’re seeing some younger kids really do some nice things. We’ll try to keep building on that.”
Team scores: 1-Brainerd 663, 2-Monticello 558, 3-Melrose/Sauk Centre 382, 4-Perham 314, 5-Bemidji 203
200 medley relay: 1-Monticello 1:46.52, 2-Brainerd (Josh McKeag, Joe Wells, Chase Wickman, Justin Warling) 1:47.16; 3-Brainerd (Luke Jacobsen, Trent Anderson, Joey Stromberg, Matt Majerlie) 1:51.70
200 freestyle: 1-Paul Fair (Mont) 1:50.00, 3-Nick Goll (Brd) 1:58.21, 4-Andrew Solseth (Brd) 1:59.31, 10-Adam Warren (Brd) 2:04.78
200 individual medley: 1-Tyler Schneider (Brd) 2:12.62, 3-Justin Kuglin (Brd) 2:14.63, 5-Majerlie (Brd) 2:19.55
50 freestyle: 1-Jack Fair (Mont) 23.10, 3-Warling (Brd) 23.74, 4-Sam Dellacecca (Brd) 23.97, 7-Wickman 25.35, 9-Luke Jacobsen (Brd) 25.49
Diving: 1-Seth Murrey (Brd) 183.25, 4-Peter Wells (Brd) 132.85
100 butterfly: 1-Paul Fair (Mont) 53.32, 2-McKeag (Brd) 55.85, 4-Wickman (Brd) 1:02.26, 5-Majerlie (Brd) 1:03.32, 9-Joey Stromberg (Brd) 1:06.5
100 freestyle: 1-Evan Lahr (Mont) 50.96, 3-Dellacecca (Brd) 51.83, 4-Kuglin (Brd) 52.14, 9-Adam Warren (Brd) 57.06, 1-Matt Wright (Brd) 58.47
500 freestyle: 1-Schneider (Brd) 5:21.06, 3-Goll (Brd) 5:28.91, 6-Andrew Solseth (Brd) 5:35.07, 7-Peder Smith (Brd) 5:40.27
200 freestyle relay – 1-Monticello 1:34.28, 2-Brainerd (Dellacecca, Warling, Majerlie, Kuglin) 1:36.26, 3-Brainerd (Anderson, Schneider, Solseth, Goll) 1:40.81
100 backstroke: 1-McKeag (Brd) 59.56, 3-Jacobsen (Brd) 1:02.24, 6-Smith (Brd) 1:04.61, 7-David Supinski (Brd) 1:04.88
100 breaststroke: 1-Zach Langendorfer (Per) 1;07.83, 2-Joe Wells (Brd) 1:08.15, 4-Warling (Brd) 1:10.42, 6-Anderson 1:11.75, 9-Jared Sachs (Brd) 1:15.38
400 freestyle relay: 1-Monticello 3:25.70, 2-Brainerd (Dellacecca, Schneider, McKeag, Kuglin) 3:29.62, 3-Brainerd (Solseth, Warren, Wickman, Goll) 3:46.06
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 855-5856.