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Warrior swimming and diving: Warriors leave winners, come home second
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PARK RAPIDS — Fallon Ryan picked up two individual first-place finishes and anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team as Brainerd finished second in the Park Rapids Invite.


Staples-Motley’s Jaelin Beachy won the 50 freestyle and set a meet and pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.71 to lead the Cardinals to seventh.

“It was just outstanding, she started the day out with her fastest split of the season in the 200 medley relay,” Cardinals coach Bruce Onischuk said. “Then to go on and do what she did in the breast stroke and 50 meter freestyle was incredible.”

Ryan’s win in the 500 freestyle set a meet and pool record as she won the event in 5:39.17. She also won the 200 freestyle.

McKeag won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.00.

The foursome of Reilly Peterson, Alyssa Williams, McKeag and Ryan set a pool and meet record in the 400 free relay with a winning time of 3:49.56. The victory was thought to give Brainerd the invite victory. However...

“Going into the last relay, Brainerd held a one point lead over Melrose,” Brainerd head coach Dan Anderson said. “Whoever won the 400 free relay would win the meet. Both teams had its best relays entered. It was an amazing race. Both teams broke the existing pool record and Brainerd came out on top by 5/10ths of a second. Brainerd wins the meet.

“We load up the bus and head home. A few miles out of town we learn that there was a scoring error. A Melrose swimmer had not been scored in the 200 IM. Melrose wins by 2.

“Oh well, it was a great meet. We swam very well. Every swimmer came through for us and scored points. It was a great team effort.”

Team scores: 1-Melrose 409, 2-Brainerd 407, 3-Park Rapids 459, 4-Sauk Centre 270, 5-Detroit Lakes 219, 6-Perham-New York Mills 173, 7-Staples-Motley 155

200 medley relay: 1-Melrose, 2-Brainerd (Hannah McKeag, Erica Rehnblom, Sydney Erickson, Alyssa Williams), 6-Staples-Motley (Sarah Holm, Jaelin Beachy, Jenessa Iverson, Kali Klimek) 9-Brainerd (Lauren Fortsythe, Annika Watson, Baylee Bessingpas, Beth Etterman)

200 freestyle: 1-Fallon Ryan (BRD) 2:03.33, 7-Klimek 2:16.46, 8-Allison Crum (BRD) 2:18.18, 13-Haley Bradford 2:23.63, 15-Helena Wise (BRD) 2:24.97, 16-Kylie Bendson (SM) 2:25.47

200 individual medley: 1-Miranda Olson (DL) 2:26.25, 2-Reilli Peterson (BRD) 2:27.88, 4-Lauren Forsythe (BRD)

50 freestyle: 1-Beachy 25.13, 7-Alyssa Williams (BRD) 27.61, 9-Sydney Erickson (BRD) 28.10, 15-Beth Etterman (BRD) 28.94, 16-Annie Grabowski 29.20

Diving: 1-Kyley Foster (DL) 205.80, 2-Etterman 194.35, 3-Lonie Anderson (BRD) 177.0, 12-Sydney Wold (BRD) 135.80, 13-Olivia Klinger (BRD) 132.05

100 butterfly: 1-Gabi Sawyer (M) 1:02.53, 3-Erickson 1:08.12, 6-Reilly Peterson (BRD) 1:11.06, 9-Iverson 1:13.53, 13-Helena Wise (BRD) 1:16.36

100 freestyle: 1-Amanda Warzecha (M) 56.51, 2-McKeag 57.12, 8-Alyssa Williams (BRD) 1:00.05, 14-Paige DeFrang (BRD) 1:05.04

500 freestyle: 1-Fallon Ryan (BRD) 5:30.17, 8-Crum 6:11.16 5-Klimek 6:03.79, 11-Bendson 6:25.62

200 freestyle relay: 1-Melrose 1:47.75, 2-Brainerd (Peterson, Erickson, Crum, Fallon) 1:49.21, 5-Staples-Motley (Beachy, Holm, Iverson, Climeck) 1:51.72, 7-Brainerd (Erica Rehnblom, Annika Wagston, Beth Etterman, Annie Grabowski)

100 backstroke: 1-McKeag 1:03.00, 4-Forsythe 1:08.03, 10-Iverson 1:13.13, 14-Greta Engen (BRD) 1:16.10

100 breaststroke: 1-Beachy 1:07.71, 3-Rehnblom 1:14.63, 6-Watson 1:19.55

400 freestyle relay: 1-Brainerd (Peterson, Williams, McKeag, Fallon) 3:39.56, 7-Brainerd (Engen, Grabowski, Forsythe, Crum) 4:16.62, 11-Staples-Motley (Sarah Holm, Emily Herschey, Emma Gerard, Bendson)

Next: Brainerd at Sartell 6 p.m. Tuesday; Staples-Motley hosts Fosston 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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