Beth Etterman has made her mark as a diver for the Brainerd Warriors, finishing 13th in the Class 2A state meet as a sophomore.
In her junior season, she hopes to move up onto the podium with a top eight finish, but Etterman has more on her plate than just diving. This season, she has demonstrated her versatility by competing in other events.
Her versatility, along with nine wins by teammates, helped Brainerd to a smooth 121-65 Central Lakes Conference win Thursday night over the Rocori Spartans at the Brainerd High School pool.
Etterman is 4 for 4 in diving wins this season, winning Thursday’s meet with a season-high 222.10 points.
“I had a pretty good night,” she said. “My approach was a little off on a dive, but it was a pretty good meet for me, my best of the season.”
Warriors diving coach Mary Streiff said Thursday was another consistent, solid performance by Etterman.
“In hindsight, there’s definitely another 20 points she can pick up pretty quickly,” Streiff said. “We’re still developing and working on new dives. It’s pretty early in the season yet, but it was a solid score. Every meet she goes out and competes. You just can count that she’s going to be solid.”
Etterman, Erica Rehnblom, Annie Grabowski and Paige DeFrang teamed up to finish second in the 200 free relay. And, Etterman was fourth in the 50 free.
“I’m used to just doing the diving, and maybe every once in a while a relay,” Etterman said. “It’s definitely fun. I like being part of the team more.”
Fallon Ryan and Reilly Peterson continued their outstanding seasons Thursday.
Ryan won twice in events (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) other than her specialty. She teamed with Hannah McKeag, Rehnblom and Sydney Erickson to win the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay with Peterson, Erickson and Alyssa Williams.
In addition to the 400 free relay win, Peterson paced the 200 individual medley and 100 free and was on the winning 200 free relay with McKeag, Allison Crum and Williams.
“I thought Reilly swam pretty well in the 200 IM and 100 free,” Warriors head coach Dan Anderson said. “She’s got some things to clean up in her races and she knows that.”
Other winners were McKeag in the 50 free and Rehnblom in the 100 breaststroke.
“I thought Alyssa Williams had a good meet,” Anderson said of the freshman. “She was second in the 200 free, but that was a season-best time (2:11.15). She also got third in the 100 free but went under a minute, 59.63. That’s a huge barrier for a kid to go. She was pretty happy with that.”
The Warriors compete at the Park Rapids Invite Saturday.
“We’ve had a tough week of practice, we’ve worked hard every night,” Anderson said. “We had a morning practice (Wednesday). Friday, we’re going to do a little more of a recovery practice. Normally we try to do a recovery on a Wednesday night.
“The girls are a little beat up right now, they’re a little tired. It’s a long grind. For the most part, I’m happy with how we swam, the way we competed. We’ve got some holes we need to get plugged and we have some things we have to clean up if we’re going to be good by the end of the year.”
Brainerd 121, Rocori 65
200 medley relay: 1-Brainerd (Hannah McKeag, Erica Rehnblom, Fallon Ryan, Sydney Erickson) 2:01.91, 3-Brainerd (Lauren Forsythe, Annika Watson, Baylee Bessingpas, Beth Etterman) 2:09.90; 5-Brainerd (Greta Engen, Sam Hartman, McKenzie Crawford, Josie Smude) 2:24.10
200 freestyle: 1-Briana Schlangen (R) 2:10.86, 2-Alyssa Williams (B) 2:11.15, 4-Allison Crum (B) 2:19.94, 5-Annie Grabowski (B) 2:26.17
200 individual medley: 1-Reilly Peterson (B) 2:26.52, 3-Forsythe 2:32.79, 4-Watson (B) 2:45.41
50 freestyle: 1-McKeag 26.74, 2-Erickson 28.00, 4-Etterman 29.05
Diving: 1-Etterman 222.10, 2-Lonie Anderson (B) 174.20, 4-Olivia Klinger (B) 139.60
100 butterfly: 1-Fallon Ryan (B) 1:06.63, 3-Baylee Bessingpas 1:18.25
100 freestyle: 1-Peterson 58.21, 3-Alyssa Williams (B) 59.63, 4-Erica Rehnblom (B) 1:02.18
500 freestyle: 1-Schlangen 5:57.82, 4-Erickson 6:11.96, 5-Crum 6:12.39. 6-Haley Bradford 6:29.16
200 free relay: 1-Brainerd (McKeag, Crum, Williams, Peterson) 1:49.39, 2-Brainerd (Rehnblom, Etterman, Grabowski, Paige DeFrang) 1:56.35, 5-Brainerd (Watson, Maria Cruz, Kaelyn Spencer, Bradford) 2:14.53
100 backstroke: 1-Ryan 1:07.31, 2-Forsythe 1:08.56, 5-Greta Engen 1:15.20
100 breaststroke: 1-Rehnblom 1:15.07, 2-Watson 1:20.30, 3-Hartman 1:21.49
400 freestyle relay: 1-Brainerd (Peterson, Erickson, Williams, Ryan) 4:00.42, 3-Brainerd (Engen, Grabowski, Forsythe, Crum) 4:22.33, 5-Brainerd (Abby Rubado, Bessingpas, Helena Wise, Bradford) 4:35.37