Girls Swimming and Diving: Depth enables Warriors to dunk Melrose

How do you win a swim meet when only three individuals finish first? The Brainerd Warriors outpointed the Melrose Dutchmen 98-88 Tuesday in the final dual meet of the regular season by finishing second in 10 events, third in nine more, fourth in ...

Brainerd Warrior Jamie Wallace competes in the 200-yard medley relay against Melrose Tuesday. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch Video


How do you win a swim meet when only three individuals finish first?

The Brainerd Warriors outpointed the Melrose Dutchmen 98-88 Tuesday in the final dual meet of the regular season by finishing second in 10 events, third in nine more, fourth in six events and fifth in five more.

"It's hard to win a meet that way," Warriors head coach Dan Anderson said. "You've got to go second-third-fourth all night long and that's really hard to do. But that's kind of what we have. We kind of strangle you with seconds, third and fourths all night long.

"The rule of thumb is you've got to win two relays to win a meet. It's hard to win a meet without winning those two relays."


Before the meet, Anderson speculated Brainerd had to pull off a win in at least one relay and do well in diving. The Warriors accomplished the latter.

Cami Harmer provided the diving victory with 214 points. Teammates Emma Korhonen and Izzy Olson went 2-3 behind Harmer supplying Brainerd with 13 points to Melrose's three and a 45-33 Brainerd lead.

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Warriors 98, Melrose 88

  • The key: Brainerd's depth produced 10 runner-up finishes and nine thirds
  • Overall: Brd finishes dual meet season 9-1
  • Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference championship at Sartell 10 a.m. Oct. 28.

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"That wasn't expected," Harmer said, "but it was definitely a possibility. I'm just glad we put it together and did that for the team."

Anderson said he assumed Harmer would win her event "although she struggled with a dive in the middle there, but her last two dives were good and solid so that was a big win. The two other girls going second and third was huge."

Katie Streiff paced the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.66. Teammates Tarin Skinner was third and Libby Zemke was fifth.


"It was the first time Katie's gone under a minute this year," Anderson said, "and she looked pretty comfortable doing it. And Tarin Skinner, our second flyer, got a lifetime best today too (1:05.98)."

Gabby VanHorn's victory in the 100 breastroke at 1:13.44 cinched Brainerd's victory with one event remaining. Teammates Anna Just and Hallie Kruse finished 4-5.

"(Melrose's Gracie Drossel) had a faster time going in," Anderson said, "but Gabby, she's just tough. She's a racer. She was going to give that girl everything she had. I thought that was a really nice time. It could be a lifetime best."

Brainerd finished its dual meet season 9-1. Its next competition is Oct. 28 in the Central Lakes Conference championships at Sartell.

"Honestly, it was extremely important (to win this meet)," Warriors diver Cami Harmer said. "It's super fun to have a meet like this. And I think ending our dual meet season with a win against Melrose is just awesome."

It was the last home meet for Harmer and fellow seniors Britany Anderson, Madison Lund, Skinner, Streiff, Jamie Wallace, Megan Wilhelm and managers Anna Dillon and Peyton Loss.

"It's pretty emotional on the inside. It hasn't really hit me yet," Harmer said of her last home meet. "I know once it does I will miss it a lot, but I'm excited for the future. These last five years have just been awesome here and I'm just happy it got to be part of my life."



Brainerd 98, Melrose 88

200 medley relay: 1-Melrose 1:57.83; 2-Brainerd (Isabelle Prozinski, Gabby VanHorn, Tarin Skinner, Jamie Wallace) 2:00.98; 3-Brainerd (Sophie Exsted, Anna Just, Madison Lund, Sidney Miller) 2:04.36

200 freestyle: 1-Savana Bitz (M) 2:01.61, 2-Madelynn Gibbons (B) 2:07.90, 3-Jenna Host 2:09.31, 4-Hannah Tatge (B) 2:09.42

200 individual medley: 1-Mikayla Von Wahlde (M) 2:18.54, 2-VanHorn 2:23.93, 3-Wallace 2:31.19, 4-Exsted 2:34.32

50 freestyle: 1-Makenzie Herzog (M) 25.88, 2-Jacquiline Rude (B) 26.06, 3-Katie Streiff (B) 26.41, 5-Miller 27.57

Diving: 1-Cami Harmer (B) 214.00, 2-Emma Korhonen (B) 202.60, 3-Izzy Olson (B) 190.95

100 butterfly: 1-Streiff 59.66, 3-Skinner 1:05.98, 5-Libby Zemke (B) 1:12.29

100 freestyle: 1-Bitz (M), 2-Rude 57.42, 3-Tatge 57.81, 5-Wallace 58.38

500 freestyle: 1-Von Wahlde (M) 5:41.40, 2-Host 5:44.04, 3-Gibbons 5:54.45, 4-Lund 5:59.52

200 free relay: 1-Melrose 1:44.89; 2-Brainerd (Wallace, Rude, Streiff, Gibbons) 1:45.16; 3-Brainerd (Ellie Mattson, Miller, Host, Tatge) 1:48.33

100 backstroke: 1-Diana Nathe (M) 1:06.20, 2-Prozinski 1:07.68, 4-Mira Strong (B) 1:09.26, 5-Exsted 1:09.44

100 breaststroke: 1-VanHorn 1:13.44, 4-Just 1:18.98, 5-Hallie Kruse (B) 1:21.96

400 free relay: 1-Melrose 3:46.91; 2-Brainerd (Tatge, Gibbons, Rude, Streiff) 3:52.99; 3-Brainerd (Vanhorn, Miller, Prozinski, Host) 4:05.63

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