The Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team finished the Class 2A state True Team meet right where it expected to. And that's just fine with the Warriors because they have bigger fish to fry.


The Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team finished the Class 2A state True Team meet right where it expected to. And that's just fine with the Warriors because they have bigger fish to fry.
Brainerd placed eighth in the 10-team meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center Saturday with 880 points. Lakeville won the meet by amassing 1,845 team points.
"We knew going down that we probably couldn't compete with some of the swimmers that were there," Warriors coach John Zemke said. "We didn't want to put too much emphasis on this meet because we still have the CLC meet and sections. We didn't want this meet to be the pinnacle of our season."
Seven teams ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A competed with most of the athletes being club swimmers and competing year round.

Battle Royal
Who: Little Falls at Brainerd
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

History: The teams have wrestled 43 times in a series that began in the 1967-68 season. The Flyers lead the series 24-19.

"Our kids swim for about 14 weeks out of the year so it's tough to compete against teams like that," Zemke said. "There were some kids already hitting All-American times. It was nice to see that caliber of talent."
Brainerd swimmer Andrew Mehr proved he belonged with some of the top swimmers in the state as he placed third in both the 50-yard and 100-freestyle races. He posted a time of 22.09 in the 50 free, tying his season best, and finished the 100 free in 48.88.
"Andrew didn't have his best race in the 50 free either," Zemke said. "His goggles came off and he didn't have the best turn and to go that fast was great. There were 10 to 15 guys already swimming under the state qualifying time."
Diver Aaron Thelen placed in the top 10, finishing seventh with a score of 158.85. Cody Thomsen just missed the top 10 by a single place as he finished 11th.
"All the divers hit some good dives," Zemke said. "The diving took about two and a half hours because there were 30 participants rotating in and out. Our divers also swim and they just couldn't get in a rhythm they're normally in. But they all did well."
Despite placing 18th, Josiah Collins posted one of his best swims in the 500 freestyle. His time of 5:12.82 was the best this season and one of the top times for a Brainerd swimmer in the last eight years.
The Warriors, who are 6-0-1 in the Central Lakes Conference, now turn their attention to Willmar, who comes to town Thursday. If Brainerd wins it will be the first time since the 1990-91 season that a Warrior team has finished unbeaten in the regular season.
Class 2A state true team meet
1-Lakeville 1,845, 2-Eden Prairie 1,661, 3-Burnsville 1,607, 4-Edina 1,445, 5-Wayzata 1,279, 6-Stillwater 1,160, 7-Eagan 1,126, 8-Brainerd 880, 9-Forest Lake 689, 10-St. Paul Highland Park/St. Paul Academy 536
200 medley relay -- 1-Eden Prairie 1:41.21, 20-Brd. (Tim Lange, Jared Anderson, Brett Severson, Chris Thomsen) 1:52.32, 27-Brd. (Troy Viau, Scott Tetreault, Mike Ruen, Karl Magnuson), 32-Brd. (Jordan Westphal, Zach Scheider, Chris Dens, Jeff Shuety), 37-Brd. (Aaron Thelen, Jesse MacArthur, Dustin Christenson, Cody Thomsen)
200 freestyle -- 1-Alex Hill (Lake) 1:45.35, 13-Josiah Collins (Brd) 1:53.94, 30-Jake Iten (Brd), 35-Viau (Brd), 39-Andrew Goll (Brd)
200 individual medley -- 1-Mark Solfelt (EP) 1:54.67, 23-Nate Tyner (Brd) 2:16.56, 27-Anderson (Brd), 35-Ruen (Brd), 36-Dens (Brd)
50 freestyle -- 1-Cameron Seebeck (EP) 21.47, 3-Andrew Mehr (Brd) 22.09, 18-Brett Severson (Brd), 25-Chris Thomsen (Brd), 30-Magnuson (Brd)
Diving -- 1-Dillon Hudalla (FL) 207.95, 7-Thelen (Brd) 158.85, 11-Cody Thomsen (Brd), 19-Tetreault (Brd), 29-Jake Larson (Brd)
100 butterfly -- 1-Zach Shimota (EP), 22-Tyner (Brd) 1:02.77, 24-Severson (Brd), 31-Ruen (Brd), 35-Magnuson (Brd)
100 freestyle -- 1-Seebeck (EP) 47.22, 3-Mehr (Brd) 48.88, 20-Lange (Brd), 32-Chris Thomsen (Brd), 35-Josh Ellens (Brd)
500 freestyle -- 1-Alex Wood (Way) 4:40.86, 18-Collins (Brd) 5:12.82, 31-Iten (Brd), 35-Will Henningson (Brd), 36-Goll (Brd)
200 freestyle relay 1-Lakeville 1:28.49, 9-Brd. (Severson, Collins, Tyner, Mehr) 1:34.17, 22-Brd. (Magnuson, Anderson, Chris Thomsen, Iten), 30-Brd. Westphal, Tetreault, Ellens, Dens), 34-Brd. (Thelen, Shuety, Goll, Cody Thomsen)
100 backstroke -- 1-Shimota (EP) 52.79, 27-Lange (Brd) 1:05.45, 31-Viau (Brd), 35-Westphal (Brd), 39-Thelen (Brd)
100 breaststroke -- 1-Solfelt (EP) 59.04, 14-Anderson (Brd) 1:07.38, 30-Tetreault (Brd), 31-Scheider (Brd)
400 freestyle relay -- 1-Wayzata 3:14.25, 8-Brd. (Tyner, Lange, Collins, Mehr) 3:27.61, 26-Brd. (Ruen, Viau, Dens, Iten), 34-Brd. (Westphal, Goll, Shuety, Ellens), 36-Brd. (Henningson, MacArthur, Cody Thomsen, Scheider).
Next meet -- Brd. hosts Willmar 6 p.m. Thursday.
TROY GUNDERSON can be reached at or 855-5865.

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