Entering Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference dual swimming and diving meet against St. Cloud Apollo, Brainerd Warriors coach John Zemke thought the meet could go three different ways.
"I had the meet scored out three different ways," Zemke said. "Us winning by three, losing by three or tying."
The Warriors found a fourth way, swamping the Eagles 107-78 to remain undefeated at 3-0 overall and more importantly, 2-0 in the CLC.
"We had some nice surprises and some kids stepped it up a notch," said Zemke. "Jarrod Anderson, a seventh-grader, got second in the backstroke and had a great meet. They knew what they needed to do."
The Warriors started the meet with the surprise of the night, winning the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Tim Lange, Scott Lykins, Brett Severson and Chris Thomsen posted a time of 1:57.92, beating its closest opponent by more than three seconds.
"The medley relay was a big swing," Zemke said. "We thought we would be down by six, instead we're up by six. That was a real boost. We had debated about dividing the relay and go after second and third. We just looked up at the clock and were pleasantly surprised."
The win in the 200 IM relay set the tone for the rest of the meet as the Warriors won eight of 12 events.
But the Eagles went on a streak of their own, winning the 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and diving to come within 42-35. That's when the Warriors pulled away.
Nate Tyner avenged a loss in the 200 IM with a win in the 100 butterfly. Andrew Mehr, bad back and all, made up for his loss in the 50 freestyle to pace the 100 freestyle.
"We had some close wins that were great," said Zemke. "When you have a guy right next to you and you're coming into the last 15 yards you've got to beat him, it's not a option.
"Nate Tyner had a great meet and was very aggressive. He went after his races the way we're trying to have him do. He's a very talented swimmer. All of our kids swam well."
Brainerd sophomore Josiah Collins was one of those swimmers who had an outstanding meet. Collins won the 200 freestyle and swam the last leg of the 200 medley relay right after his win in the 500 freestyle.
"We told Josiah to go out and cruise it, swim it easy, whatever he needed to do to win," Zemke said of the 500 free. "He's one of those rare guys who can go back-to-back events. Coming off the 500 is tough. And, he had his best split of his life in the 200 relay."
Brainerd 107, St. Cloud Apollo 78
200 medley relay -- 1-B (Tim Lange, Scott Lykins, Brett Severson, Chris Thomsen) 1:57.92, 3-B (Jarrod Anderson, Josh Ellens, Mike Stunek, Mike Hansen) 2:08.02
200 freestyle -- 1-Josiah Collins (B) 2:02.56, 4-Jake Iten (B) 2:14.31, 5-Troy Viau (B) 2:18.08
200 individual medley -- 1-Mike Weslander (SCA) 2:18.00, 2-Nate Tyner (B) 2:20.30, 4-Chris Thomsen (B) 2:40.85, 5-Stunek (B) 2:44.08
50 freestyle -- 1-John Sullivan (SCA) 23.29, 2-Andrew Mehr (B) 23.43, 3-Severson (B) 25.89, 6-Hansen (B)
Diving -- 1-Robbi Adamson (SCA) 193.20, 2-Dylan Pallansch (B) 191.75, 3-Cody Thomsen (B) 153.80, 4-Aaron Thelen (B) 130.65
100 butterfly -- 1-Tyner (B) 1:04.52, 3-Severson (B) 1:07.42, 5-Chris Thomsen (B) 1:15.67
100 freestyle -- 1-Mehr (B) 53.06, 3-Lange (B) 55.92, 6-Hansen (B)
500 freestyle -- 1-Collins (B) 5:44.50, 3-Lykins (B) 5:58.98, 4-Iten (B) 5:59.91
200 freestyle relay 1-B (Mehr, Severson, Tyner, Collins) 1:39.02, 4-B (Tay Stevenson, Chris Thomsen, Karl Magnuson, Hansen) 1:40.26
100 backstroke -- 1-Lange (B) 1:07.57, 2-Anderson (B) 1:08.44, 4-Viau (B) 1:17.01
100 breaststroke -- 1-Weslander (SCA) 1:07.22, 2-Lykins (B) 1:14.37, 5-Ellens (B) 1:19.00, 6-Dustin Christenson (B) 1:34.98
400 freestyle relay -- 1-B (Mehr, Lange, Tyner, Collins) 3:42.74, 3-B (Viau, Anderson, Stevenson, Lykins) 4:13.41)
Conference -- B 2-0, SCA 1-2. Overall -- B 3-0, SCA 1-3. Next meet -- B at Alexandria 6 p.m. Thursday.
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