MINNEAPOLIS - It's hard to imagine finishing second in state being viewed as a disappointment. But for someone with extremely high expectations it was.
Brainerd's Jared Anderson finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 57.70 behind Doug Eden of Edina, who finished at 56.82 at the Class 2A finals Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
For Anderson, it was a disappointment in a variety of ways. First he won the state title in the event last year with a time of 57.01. Second he swam a 57.17 in Friday's prelims, qualifying him second. And third, his quest to set a new state record, which was at 55.8, failed.
Brainerd's Britton Murrey placed 14th in the Class 2A diving competition Saturday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Still, the fact remains that the Warrior swimmer finished second in state.
Afterwards, there were mixed emotions from both Anderson and head coach John Zemke.
Class 2A state meet
Highlights: Jared Anderson finished second in the 100 breaststroke, Brainerd's 200 medley relay team finished eighth
"We expected him to be faster. He didn't swim with his best technique tonight and that will cost you here," Zemke said. "Of course, I don't want to make light of finishing second. Jared had a lofty goal, to be a state champ. And that's tough to accomplish. I'm proud of what he has done ,not only for himself, but for Brainerd swimming."
Anderson said afterwards he wished the race could be restarted.
"My start and turns we're sloppy tonight," he said. "That's one race I definitely wish I could have back."
Brainerd's Michael Ruen swam the butterfly leg for the Warriors 200 medley relay team Saturday during the Class 2A finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Earlier in the evening, the 200 medley relay team of Michael Brekken, Anderson, Michael Ruen and Evan Reese, who were seeded eighth in the event, finished eighth Saturday with a time of 1:39.96 earning them all-state honors. They had qualified for state with a time of 1:39.41 and had a 1:40.04 in the prelims.
In the 200 individual medley, Anderson finished 13th with a time of 1:59.95 earning him all-state honorable mention. Last year he placed 17th in state. He qualified 13th in Friday's prelims with a time of 1:58.96 and was seeded ninth coming into the meet after posting a time of 1:59.02 at the section meet.
Britton Murrey finished 14th in the diving competition with a score of 273.45, earning him all-state honorable mention. He was in 15th place entering Saturday's finals.
Brainerd's Jared Anderson caught his breath after the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday during the Class 2A finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood » Purchase reprints of this photo.
The Brainerd Warriors finished 15th as a team with a score of 46. That's the best state meet finish since 2000 for Brainerd.
Class 2A finals
Team results: 1-Edina 258.5, 15-Brainerd 46
200 medley relay: Championship final: T-1 Minnetonka (Preston Youngdahl, Evan Lee-To, Asger Helmig, Jake Hausauer) 1:35.42, T-1 Stillwater Area (Greg Wise, Andy Knaak, Brandon Adair, Andrew DeShaw) 1:35.42, 8-Brainerd (Michael Brekken, Jared Anderson, Michael Ruen, Evan Reese) 1:39.96
Brainerd's Jared Anderson took a breath near the starting blocks on the last leg of the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday during the Class 2A finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Brainerd Dispatch/Clint Wood » Purchase reprints of this photo.
200 individual medley: Championship final: 1-Andy Knaak (Stillwater Area) 1:51.95, Consolation final: 5 (13 overall) - Anderson (Brainerd) 1:59.95
1 mtr. Diving: Final: 1-Alex Stern (Chaska) 490.40, 14-Britton Murrey (Brainerd) 273.45
100 breaststroke: Championship final: 1-Doug Eden (Edina) 56.82, 2-Anderson (Brainerd) 57.70
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