Swimming and diving: Expertise abounds for Warriors


And with the identical variety of swimmers on his roster as final 12 months, albeit a couple of completely different names, who’s to say the Warriors can’t repeat slightly postseason magic.

A youthful roster will make issues tougher, however with 4 returning state swimmers, together with the top-three level scorers, from final 12 months something can occur in a COVID-19 shortened season.

“Within the convention, Alexandria and Sartell are positively the 2 groups to beat,” Zemke mentioned. “They each have a ton of state guys again. We’ll have a tough time total competing with these two applications. Willmar additionally has some state guys again.

“So far as the part goes it’s the perennials in Maple Grove and St. Michael-Albertville. These two groups will probably be proper up there on the high. Hopefully, with our people, we don’t understand how our depth goes to be, however hopefully with out people that we’ve got that we’ll be capable to place fairly a couple of of them within the high eight and throw collectively a few high relays come time for the part match.”

Main the checklist of returners is lone senior Tristan Dawson, who swam to a record-breaking 51.15 within the 100-yard backstroke on the Class 2A state meet finals. That point landed him in fifth place.

Dawson additionally helped Brainerd’s 200 medley relay to an eighth-place end and the 400 freestyle relay to a 14th-place end at state.

“He has big objectives,” Zemke mentioned. “He needs to go down there and has his sights set on getting as excessive on that podium as he probably can. He lived within the Cities all summer time and was in a position to prepare with a swim membership down there. That was an actual benefit for him to do this. Most of our workforce wasn’t in a position to do this as a result of our pool wasn’t accessible due to the varsity building.

“Tristan is pushed. He appears nice within the water already.”

Dawson posted 413 workforce factors for Brainerd final 12 months. He positioned fifth within the 100 butterfly on the part meet.

“He’s our lone senior and hopefully we will have as regular of a swim season as we probably can,” Zemke mentioned. “Tristan fashions the habits we wish so far as coaching within the pool and the way he acts outdoors of the pool. It’s simply incredible to have somebody with Tristan’s management on the market. The fellows look as much as him and he’s an actual scholar of the game.”

Sophomore Mason Kuepers positioned second in each the 200 and 500 freestyles to advance to the state meet. At state, Kuepers, who racked up 381 workforce factors in the course of the season, positioned 18th within the 200 freestyle with a 1:48.16. His 4:54.8 within the 500 free landed him in twentieth place.

“He had our quickest 50 freestyle on our entire workforce the opposite day,” Zemke mentioned. “He’s in a position to actually convey it whether or not it’s a distance occasion or not. He spent a ton of time within the weight room and in case you thought he was massive final 12 months, it’s best to see him now. He’s placed on some muscle. He’s taller and I search for him to be quicker this 12 months in no matter occasions we put him in. We would tweak his occasions slightly bit and see what occurs.”

Cade Rosenwald was a member of each the medley and 400 free relays. The Iron Man award winner was second on the workforce with 410 workforce factors accrued. On the part meet, Rosenwald positioned fourth within the 200 particular person medley with a 2:04.02. He was sixth within the butterfly with a 53.69.

“He’s bought an excellent probability of constructing it to state in his particular person occasions,” Zemke mentioned. “He bought sick throughout our taper heading into sections which can have affected him slightly bit. He had a really quick 50 fly cut up in our time trial the opposite night time.

“He’s taller and stronger and watching his approach within the water is actually enjoyable to observe.”

Parker Tatge swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay that positioned sixth at state. The sophomore completed eighth within the 200 particular person medley on the part meet with a 2:08.28. He was fifth within the breaststroke with a 1:01.97.

“Parker will probably be our high breaststroker,” Zemke mentioned. “He positively has a ton of expertise. As a freshman, he threw out a 50 breaststroke cut up in prelims of sections that was actually superb. One of many quickest we’ve had on our workforce from anyone at any age degree.

“We’re toying with him being a 50 sprinter. We misplaced our sprinters from final 12 months so we may have to maneuver into the freestyles, however the breaststroke is his foremost particular person occasion.”

Junior Baden Bastien will workforce with Kuepers to man the space freestyles. He recorded a Thirteenth-place end within the 200 free at sections final 12 months and was sixteenth within the 500 free.

“Baden appears good,” Zemke mentioned. “He’s one other child who can swim something, however the 200 and 500 are the place we’re going to want him. He dropped a ton of time final 12 months on the part meet so we’re excited to see him again.”

Junior Thomas Ruhl is coming off a powerful cross-country operating season. Final season he positioned fifth within the 200 particular person medley in 2:05.18 and scratched out a fourth within the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.56.

Thomas Ruhl

Thomas Ruhl

“He appears nice within the water and we’re most likely going to must throw him into the dash occasions,” Zemke mentioned. “He can swim something and every part. It’s only a matter of how we line up with different groups. He’s positively a taller athlete this 12 months and we’re hoping for large issues from him.”

Junior Lance Zemke recorded a Fifteenth-place time of 1:01.64 within the backstroke to spherical out Brainerd swimmers who competed within the part finals.

“Lance spent a number of time within the weight room over the summer time and fall and placed on 10 to fifteen kilos of muscle and hopefully that may assist him within the water,” Zemke mentioned. “We’ve been engaged on his approach. He’s a kind of guys who might want to step up and fill the spots of the children that graduated.”

Whereas the Warriors have all of the strokes coated, dash freestyles and diving will probably be a query mark. Brainerd graduated all three divers from final 12 months’s part meet leaving juniors David Rollins and Jalen Ermslander to man the place.

“They actually improved so much final 12 months,” Zemke mentioned. “Owen Trout, our diving coach, did some nice issues with these guys and actually elevated the diploma of issue. Speaking about how youngsters develop over the summer time, Jalen got here into the primary day of observe and he had a masks on and I requested him, ‘hey are you new?’ He pulled his masks down slightly bit and it was Jalen. It’s simply unimaginable how a lot they alter.

“We’re on the lookout for massive issues from these two.”

Zemke praised the enhancements of junior Josh Eberts. He’ll fill out the space freestyles for the Warriors.

“We’ve expertise at each occasion, we simply want extra of it,” Zemke mentioned. “We’re going to wish this 12 months’s sophomores and juniors to actually step it up.”

JEREMY MILLSOP could also be reached at 218-855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com. Observe on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop.
John Zemke

John Zemke

2020-21 Boys Swimming and Diving

Head coach: John Zemke, twenty fourth season

Profession file: 161-24-1 (.866)

2018-19 file: CLC 6-1, total 7-1, third in CLC, 2nd in Part 8-2A

Returning state meet contributors: Tristan Dawson, Parker Tatge, Cade Rosenwald, Mason Kuepers

Assistant coaches: Carl Schirmer, Owen Trout (diving), Dave Herath

Seniors: Tristan Dawson
Juniors: Baden Bastien, Josh Eberts, Lance Zemke, David Rollins, Cade Rosenwald, Jalen Emslander, Thomas Ruhl
Sophomores: Mason Kuepers, Parker Tatge, Nolan Thiesse, Cayden Sumption
Freshmen: Spencer Porter, Sam McCulley, Ateyu Marcello, Jorey Jackson, David Herath, Andrew Adamson, Branden Brichacek
Eighth-graders: Nate Chaussee
Seven-graders: Logan Kuepers, Alex Kuepers
Thursday, Jan. 14: at Alexandria, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21: hosts St. Cloud Tech/Rocori, 6 p.m.
Jan. 26: at Willmar, 6 p.m.
Feb. 4: hosts Sartell, 6 p.m.
Feb. 11: at Bemidji, 6 p.m.
Feb. 16: at St. Cloud Apollo, 6 p.m.
Feb. 18: hosts Sauk Rapids, 6 p.m.
Feb. 25: hosts Fergus Falls, 6 p.m.

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