SWIMMING AND DIVING: Otters snap Warriors' home dominance
Britton Murrey is impatiently waiting to pull out his big guns.
The Brainerd Warriors senior won the diving portion of Thursday's Central Lakes Conference dual meet against Fergus Falls Thursday at the Brainerd High School pool.
It was one of three wins for Brainerd, which saw its 16-straight home dual meet win streak snapped 102-84 by Class 1A's fifth-ranked Otters.
Josh McKeag won the 100-yard backstroke and Bradyn Watson the 100 breaststroke for the other Warrior wins.
"If we swim well and lose there is nothing you can do about that," said Warrior head coach John Zemke. "If we would have come out and not swam well and just kind of rolled over and didn't do much, I would be disappointed.
"We don't like to lose and we haven't lost here in a while, but we swam well. It was a good meet."
Murrey scored a 47.15-point victory with his 257.85. Class 2A's third-ranked diver was shooting for 275, but faltered on his final dive.
"Overall, I thought it went pretty well," said Murrey. "I think the whole dive team did pretty well. We had personal records, which is phenomenal for the team, we just got outscored by a good team."
The two-time state diver said he's waiting to unleash his most difficult dives for the Section 8-2A meet.
"We put together kind of an easy list," said Murrey. "We have a lot more kind of stored up. I'm hoping when sections comes we'll be able to move on to the harder dives.
"It's hard not doing them because throwing a dive in a meet and throwing it in practice are very different."
McKeag won the backstroke in 59.58. He was second in the butterfly and helped the 200 medley and 400 free relays to seconds.
Watson won the breaststroke in 1:04.46. He placed second in the 200 individual medley and was part of the second-place 200 free and third-place medley relays.
"Bradyn was on his 'A' game tonight," said Zemke. "Josh broke a minute in the backstroke, that was the first time for him on that. He swam very well. He had a great split in the medley relay and his best time in the fly. I think he was looking at three season bests.
"We had some younger guys, in Matt Wright and Nick Goll, who swam really well in the 500. There was a lot of pressure on them to pick up some points for us. When you ask a kid to go out and get fourth place, it's not always easy for them to go out and do that, but they both swam very well."
Tyler Schneider placed second in the 200 and 500 frees. Sam Dellacecca was second in the 50 and 100 frees. Both of Dellacecca's losses were to the Otters' Mike Hurley, who will swim next year for the University of Indiana. Hurley broke Brainerd's 100 free pool record of 48.48 set in 1999 with his 47.97.
"We'll just use this tonight and talk about all the positives and gear up for Saturday and the True Team meet," said Zemke. "We'll be excited for Alexandria. That's like a home pool for us over there. We swim there four times and we only swim here five times.
"We always swim well at Alex. We like that pool and we're excited for Saturday."
Fergus Falls 102, Brainerd 84
200 medley relay: 1-Fergus Falls 1:44.50, 2-Brainerd (Josh McKeag, Justin Sachs, Justin Kuglin, Justin Warling) 1:48.07, 3-Brainerd (Luke Jacobsen, Bradyn Watson, Chase Wickman, John Wells) 1:49.09, 4-Brainerd (Matt Majerle, Joe Wells, Joey Stromberg, Britton Murrey) 1:56.95
200 freestyle: 1-Keeghan Hurley (FF) 1:52.83, 2-Tyler Schneider (Brd) 1:55.54, 3-Andrew Solseth (Brd) 2:00.19, 5-Adam Warren (Brd) 2:02.10
200 individual medley: 1-Jacob Fisher (FF) 2:10.62 2-Watson (Brd) 2:12.92, 4-Kuglin (Brd) 2:15.58, 6-Trent Anderson (Brd) 2:21.71
50 freestyle: 1-Mike Hurley (FF) 21.92, 2-Sam Dellacecca (Brd) 24.06, 4-Warling (Brd) 24.78, 5-John Wells (Brd) 25.40
Diving: 1-Murrey (Brd) 257.85, 4-Jorgen Bjerkness (Brd) 153.95, 6-Jack Eggen (Brd) 122.45
100 butterfly: 1-Joe Kitzman (FF) 56.18, 2-McKeag (Brd) 57.49, 4-Kuglin (Brd) 1:00.35, 5-Wickman (Brd) 1:01.32
100 freestyle: 1-Mike Hurley (FF) 47.97, 2-Dellacecca (Brd) 52.70, 4-Solseth (Brd) 54.36, 5-Warling (Brd) 54.70
500 freestyle: 1-K. Hurley (FF) 5:11.97, 2-Schneider (Brd) 5:22.10, 3-Nick Goll (Brd) 5:33.84, 4-Matt Wright (Brd) 5:42.02
200 freestyle relay – 1-Fergus Falls 1:35.85, 2-Brainerd (John Wells, Watson, Warling, Dellacecca) 1:37.56, 3-Brainerd (Anderson, Warren, Solseth, Schneider) 1:40.72, 4-Brainerd (Murrey, Vukelich, Matt Wright , Goll) 1:48.47
100 backstroke: 1-McKeag (Brd) 59.58, 4-Jacobsen (Brd) 1:05.49, 5-Sachs (Brd) 1:05.69
100 breaststroke: 1-Watson (Brd) 1:04.46, 5-Sachs (Brd) 1:09.66, 6-Anderson (Brd) 1:12.73
400 freestyle relay: 1-Fergus Falls 3:28.06, 2-Brainerd (Dellacecca, Schneider, Kuglin, McKeag) 3:33.62, 4-Brainerd (Warren, Wright, Wickman, Solseth) 3:46.30, 5-Brainerd (Majerle, Goll, Supinski, Vukelich) 4:04.21
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