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Girls Swimming and Diving: Storm sinks Warriors

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Brainerd's Jacquilyn Rude competes in the 100-yard freestyle Thursday, Sept. 26, against Sauk Rapids at Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Being a senior was a blessing for Jacquilyn Rude Thursday, Sept. 26.

The Brainerd Warriors sprinter was faced against Anna Lucas of the Sauk Rapids Storm in both of her individual races. In those two races, Rude finished second as Lucas swam to pool-record finishes to lead the Storm to a 101-85 Central Lakes Conference victory at Brainerd High School.

Rude was prepared.

“I had a feeling I was going to race against her,” Rude said. “I wanted to break 26 seconds and go 25, which I did tonight in my 50. In the 100, I didn’t think she would swim that, but she did. I knew she was going to beat me so I just wanted to focus on my lane and myself and I wanted to break 57 seconds and go 56, which I did tonight.”

Rude posted a 25.88 in the 50 for second. Teammate Hannah Tatge was third with a 26.73. Lucas won the event in 24.72.

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Lucas’ time in the 100 free was 53.35 which broke a pool record set in 1999 by a Wayzata swimmer. Rude was second in 56.70 and Tatge third in 58.69.

“I think it helped me go faster,” Rude said about swimming against tough competition. “If I can keep up with them than I’ll reach my personal goals faster.

“I’m old enough now to realize I’m going up against myself and not someone next to me. If I win then I win. When I was a freshman that would psych me out a lot and get me in a bad spot.”

Brainerd Warrior head coach Dan Anderson noticed a little something different in both Rude and Tatge before the race.

“You better show up to swim,” Anderson said. “There’s no hiding out there. And Jacquilyn and Hannah both drew her twice tonight and they just stepped up and raced her. They did very well. I’m proud of them.”

Tatge and Rude teamed with Macey Whitlock and Chandler Neimeyer to win the 200 free in 1:46.15. The 200 medley also placed first and featured Ellie Mattson, Neimeyer, Anna Just and Rude.

“Our coach said to push our starts so they were a lot better,” Rude said. “I think that helped us in the 200 free to get into a more positive attitude.”

Jenna Host secured a second in the 200 free followed by Whitlock in third and Sophie Mattson in fourth.

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Isabelle Prozinski placed second in the backstroke followed by Mariah Alderson in third and Ellie Mattson in fourth.

“You hoped that the girls would take the challenge and go out and race them,” Anderson said. “For some kids that’s a little something they have to learn. Some get a little intimidated when they have to go up against somebody like an Anna Lucas, but we’re going to swim fast people at the end of the year. You need to do it now and you need to race people and see what happens.”

Anna Just battled to second in the breaststroke and was third in the individual medley.

Brainerd’s big points came in diving with a 1-2-3 finish from Izzy Olson, Brenna Deason and Helen Knudson.

It was Olson’s sixth-straight win after starting the season with a second-place finish. She scored a 214.90.

“We kept it close,” Anderson said. “I thought we competed very well. There’s some things we still need to clean up, obviously. We had some really good swims, especially our sprinters. They really showed up and swam well tonight. Our breaststrokers swam well. We had a couple of good relays and of course our divers always kind of save us.

“I’m pleased.”

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Sauk Rapids 101, Brainerd 85

200 medley relay: 1-Brainerd (Ellie Mattson, Chandler Neimeyer, Anna Just, Jacquilyn Rude) 2:01.10; 3-Brainerd (Isabelle Prozinski, Sidney Miller, Gabby Chalupsky, Alexis Lugo) 2:06.79

200 freestyle: 1-Abigail Tangen (SR) 2:06.20, 2-Jenna Host (Brd) 2:09.73, 3-Macey Whitlock (Brd) 2:11.25, 4-Sophie Mattson (Brd) 2:14.25

200 individual medley: 1-Sophia Henkel (SR) 2:22.07, 3-Just 2:31.15, 5-Neimeyer 2:34.06, 6-Prozinski 2:38.62

50 freestyle: 1-Anna Lucas (SR) 24.72, 2-Rude 25.88, 3-Hannah Tatge (Brd) 26.73, 6-Miller 27.28

Diving: 1-Izzy Olson (Brd) 214.90, 2-Brenna Deason (Brd) 181.90, 3-Helen Knudson (Brd) 138.90

100 butterfly: 1-Valeria Flores Bonilla (SR) 1:04.91, 4-Gabby Chalupsky (Brd) 1:11.77, 5-Mariah Alderson (Brd) 1:12.87

100 freestyle: 1-Lucas (SR) 53.35, 2-Rude 56.70, 3-Tatge 58.69, 6-Ellie Mattson 1:00.98

500 freestyle: 1-Henkel (SR) 5:38.70, 4-Host 5:52.11, 5-Whitlock 5:54.93, 6-Sophie Mattson 6:03.97

200 freestyle relay: 1-Brainerd (Whitlock, Neimeyer, Tatge, Rude) 1:46.15; 3-Brainerd (Miller, Host, Lugo, Sophie Mattson) 1:50.43

100 backstroke: 1-Bonilla (SR) 1:04.46, 2-Prozinski 1:06.30, 3-Alderson 1:09.14, 4-Ellie Mattson 1:10.91

100 breaststroke: 1-Henkel (SR) 1:14.40, 2-Just 1:14.89, 4-Neimeyer 1:15.80

400 freestyle relay: 1-Sauk Rapids 3:49.73, 2-Brainerd (Whitlock, Host, Tatge, Miller) 4:00.71; 4-Brainerd (Chalupsky, Sophie Mattson, Prozinski, Ellie Mattson) 4:13.13

Warriors 101, Sauk Rapids 85

Key: Sauk Rapids’ Anna Lucas broke two pool records

Conf: Brd 4-1, SR 4-1

Overall: Brd 6-1, SR 4-1

Next: Brainerd vs. Rocori at Cold Spring 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3

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