Jaelin Beachy is already swimming state qualifying times.
That doesn’t matter.
Beachy, a junior at Staples-Motley, has already been to the state meet twice.
That doesn’t matter.
She finished sixth in last year’s 100-yard breaststroke at the Class 1A state meet.
Again, who cares?
Beachy owns school, pool and meet records at most venues she visits.
To her that means nothing. And here is why.
“I can’t find the words to even explain it,” said S-M head coach Bruce Onischuk. “When she was at the Park Rapids Invite, which was really big. Brainerd and Melrose were there. It was a big meet. She set a pool and meet record and reset her own school record. Then she came back eight to 10 days later and was a lot slower. But she was able to keep it in perspective. She just knows that she isn’t going to get faster every time she swims. But she works toward that goal. She is just really motivated and self-driven for an individual.”
Beachy swam a time of 1:07.71 at the Park Rapids Invite Sept. 15 to win the event. She also won the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.13.
The state qualifying time is 1:10.07 in the breaststroke.
“She has a goal in mind and it’s a time she’s striving for,” Onischuk said.
Beachy swam a sixth-place time of 1:08.43 in the breaststroke in the Class 1A state finals in Minneapolis last season. Her prelim time was even better at 1:07.90. She swam a 25.70 in the 50 free prelims at state, which placed her 19th.
As a freshman, she swam a 17th-place time of 1:10.00 in the state prelims of the 100 breaststroke to miss the championship finals by one place.
Beachy’s goal is to swim the breaststroke in 1:04.9. Onischuk called it a lofty goal, but he’s convinced if any one can do it Beachy can.
At the Sept. 27 Park Rapids dual meet, Beachy won the breaststroke in 1:09.26. She won the 50 free in 25.53 and helped S-M’s 200 medley and 200 free relays to second place.
At the Fosston Invite Sept. 29, Beachy again won the breaststroke in 1:08.91 to set another pool record. She also won the 50 free in 25:43. The 200 medley relay placed second but the 200 free relay of Sarah Holm, Jenessa Iverson, Beachy and Kali Klimek won to lead the Cardinals, a team of only 12 swimmers, to second place.
“Some of her success is starting to rub off on the other kids,” Onischuk. “Jaelin has had a lot of success already, but you would never know that. She is as humble as a person can be. The other girls, they see someone like her, who has had all kinds of individual success, and they see her cheering on her teammates. They realize she encourages everyone on the team. She is a part of this team and they really respond to that.”
Beachy was unavailable for comment as she attending a hall of fame ceremony for her father, Arden Beachy, at North Dakota State University Friday. The same work ethic and mentality that helped her father to a memorable college career is what makes Jaelin Beachy a star three-sport athlete at S-M.
“When it comes to the breaststroke her technique — she has it down,” Onischuk said. “We’ve been working on a few things to get her hands through a little quicker and attack that stroke a little bit more. She’s swimming a lot more breaststroke in practice and I can tell she’s not happy with me because it’s hard. It’s one of the most difficult strokes to swim just because of the timing and the technique. But her willingness to listen and work is what makes her so great.”
Other notable performances:
Cross country: Emma Schmitz, Wadena-Deer Creek, won the Northland Invite in 16:20.
Tennis: Haley Wiebolt and Sydney Holt, Pequot Lakes, won singles titles at the Wadena Lions tournament.
Ellie Heggerston-Carly Fyle and Ellie Erholtz-Lauren Bengtson, Pequot Lakes, won doubles titles at the Wadena Lions tournament.
Volleyball: Noelle Kurowski, Little Falls, finished with 11 kills and 10 digs against Princeton and 14 kills, 15 digs and 10 ace serves against Milaca
Bethany Cressman, Lake Region, finished with 13 kills, nine ace serves and eight digs against St. Cloud Christian and 23 digs, 10 kills against Fourth Baptist.
Kayla Miller, Pequot Lakes, finished with 15 digs, nine blocks, seven kills and two ace serves against Pierz.
Stephanie Wardarski, Little Falls, finished with 33 set assists and 15 digs against Milaca.
Bridget Bednar, Pierz, finished with 18 digs and 17 kills against Eden Valley-Watkins.
Kelly Pearson, Staples-Motley, finished with 34 digs and 16 kills against Menahga.
Shania Glenz, Verndale, finished with 19 digs and 16 kills against New York Mills.
Teresa Moenkedick, Verndale, finished with 29 digs and 25 kills against New York Mills.
Katie Gillson, Pillager, finished with 33 kills and seven blocks in the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament.
Brook Brausen, Pierz, finished with 104 set assists, 30 digs and 13 kills at the Pierz tournament.