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Warriors Swimming and Diving: Persnickety Peterson wins twice

Reilly Peterson had nothing nice to say.

She said her butterfly was awful in the 200-yard individual medley. She said her start in the 100 freestyle was slow and she needs to improve a lot.

The Brainerd sophomore may have been a bit hard on herself as she won both events and helped the Warriors’ 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays to victory in the Warriors’ 119-66 Central Lakes Conference victory Tuesday night at Brainerd High School.

The Warriors won every event to untie themselves with the Cardinals. Both teams entered the final regular-season dual with 6-1 conference records. The Warriors will head into the conference championships Oct. 25 second behind Sartell.

Said Peterson of the lofty task of taking down Sartell for the conference title: “Everybody has to swim their best and improve. I think we can maybe knock off Sartell if we do that.”

Peterson, apparently, didn’t do that Tuesday. She won the IM by more than two seconds with a 2:26.05.

“Apparently, I went slow in my fly, which I did,” said Peterson. “It was my season-best time so I was happy with that, but there is lots of room for improvement.”

She swam a 58.07 to capture the 100 free.

“I just tried to do my best,” Peterson said. “I got a bad start, I guess. I saw the Alex girl coming up behind me and it really scared me so I tried to kick it in at the end.”

The 200 medley relay of Hannah McKeag, Erica Rehnblom, Peterson and Lauren Forsythe won by almost four seconds with a 2:00.76 and Peterson, Alyssa Williams, Sydney Erickson and Fallon Ryan won the 200 free in 1:47.70.

“Reilly Peterson swam the IM the correct way,” said Warriors head coach Dan Anderson. “She knows she has to use her weapons and that’s her butterfly and her freestyle. She took her race out nice and got through the breaststroke leg, which is always a challenge, and then brought the race home.

“She does not have the greatest start in the world and she would be the first to admit that. We’ll chalk it up to poor coaching. We have to fix that. We just have to spend some time to fix that.”

Ryan won her double in the 200 and 500 frees. McKeag collected her double in the 50 free and backstroke and Rehnblom won the breaststroke.

“When you have kids you can pencil them in to a spot and you know they’re going to perform for you it’s nice,” said Anderson. “As a coach, you put the screws to them a little bit to see how they perform and I thought our girls did pretty well tonight.

“Overall, we didn’t swim very well at all tonight, but either did Alexandria. We’re at that stage in our season where everybody is just dog tired.”

Brainerd swept the top three spots in diving with Beth Etterman winning with 230.65 points. Lonie Anderson scored 194.65 for second and Sydney Wold placed third with 163.75.

Erickson, an eighth-grader, picked up where her older sister, Alex, left off with a win in the 100 butterfly. It was her first varsity victory. She was also second in the 50 free.

“I was happy for Sydney in the butterfly,” Anderson said. “A 1:06.76 is a very nice time for an eighth-grader.”

Brainerd 119, Alexandria 66

200 medley relay: 1-Brainerd (Hannah McKeag, Erica Rehnblom, Reilly Peterson, Lauren Forsythe) 2:00.76; 4-Brainerd (Greta Engen, Samantha Hartman, Annika Watson, Beth Etterman) 2:14.51, 6-Brainerd (Catie Kleindl, Haley Anderson, Sierra Lund, Kaylie Johnson) 2:25.37

200 freestyle: 1-Fallon Ryan (Brd) 2:06.18, 3-Alyssa Williams 2:13.94, 4-Allison Crum (Brd) 2:16.01

200 individual medley: 1-Peterson 2:26.05, 4-Forsythe 2:30.65, 6-Watson 2:49.43

50 freestyle: 1-McKeag 26.04, 2-Sydney Erickson (Brd) 27.36, 5-Annie Grabowski (Brd) 29.06

Diving: 1-Beth Etterman (Brd) 230.65, 2-Lonie Anderson (Brd) 194.65, 3-Sydney Wold (Brd) 163.75

100 butterfly: 1-Erickson 1;06.76, 3-Rehnblom 1:11.71, 5-Helena Wise (Brd) 1:17.17

100 freestyle: 1-Peterson 58.07, 3-Williams 1:00.25, 6-Grabowski 1:03.89

500 freestyle: 1-Ryan 5:37.07, 3-Crum 6:09.80, 5-Haley Bradford 6:22.71

200 freestyle relay – 1-Brainerd (Williams, Erickson, Peterson, Ryan) 1:47.70, 3-Brainerd (Rehnblom, Etterman, Grabowski, Crum), 6-Brainerd (Josie Smude, Mia Berry, Savanna Savage, Bradford) 2:14.57

100 backstroke: 1-McKeag 1:03.00, 3-Forsythe 1:08.10, 5-Wise 1:12.64

100 breaststroke: 1-Rehnblom 1:15.07, 3-Samantha Hartman (Brd) 1:18.78, 6-Watson 1:24.48

400 freestyle relay: 1-Brainerd (Forsythe, Williams, McKeag, Ryan) 3:57.03, 3-Brainerd (Erickson, Crum, Wise, Grabowski) 4:14.75, 5-Brainerd (Marina Cruz, Smude, Kleindl, Greta Engen) 4:56.53

JEREMY MILLSOP, sports writer, may be reached at 855-5856 or Follow on Twitter at

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My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University. My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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