Boys Swimming and Diving: Warriors to send 28 to Saturday’s section finals
Brainerd competed in the Section 8-2A swimming prelims Friday, Feb. 25.
ELK RIVER — Cade Rosenwald came ready to swim Friday, Feb. 25, in the Section 8-2A swimming prelims.
The Brainerd Warriors senior posted the fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly and was on the fastest 200 medley relay team and the third-fastest 200 freestyle relay.
The 50 free finals Saturday, Feb. 26, will be Brainerd heavy as Mason Kuepers swam the second-fastest time behind Rosenwald and Thomas Ruhl was fifth.
“That 50 free is going to be quite the race,” Brainerd head coach John Zemke said. “The state cut time is 21.89 so that’s what they’re all shooting for. They all want to be under that and anything can happen. Thomas hasn’t shaved yet so he’s doing that tonight and they’ll all be in different tech suits tomorrow so we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be a fun race to watch.”
The top eight swimmers advanced to Saturday’s championship finals with the chance of advancing to state. Places 9-16 advance to the consolation finals where athletes can earn team points.
The top two swimmers and top two relays and those qualifying by time standard will qualify for state.
Rosenwald swam a 52.31 to post the fastest butterfly time.
Mason Kuepers, who along with Ruhl, Rosenwald and Cayden Sumption helped Brainerd’s medley relay to a top time of 1:37.3, also posted the fastest 100 free time of 47.89.
Ruhl swan the fastest backstroke in 53.86 with Nathan Chaussee and Lance Zemke both securing spots in the championship final. Brainerd will also be heavily represented in the 500 free championship finals with Nolan Thiese placing sixth and Logan Kuepers seventh.
“Those 500 swims were great to get those two guys bumped into the top 8,” Zemke said. “Nate dropped a tone of time and we have three of the top 8 in the backstroke. I haven’t really looked at the results that closely, but it seemed like we had a pretty good night.”
Parker Tatge swam the second-fastest 200 freestyle and made the finals for the breaststroke. Sumption made the championship finals in the 200 individual medley and was second in the breaststroke.
“I really don’t know how well we’re sitting if we are sitting well because it’s so hard to tell,” Zemke said. “I’m just watching our kids go. I’ll get home tonight and score it out, maybe get a couple of hours of sleep and get ready for tomorrow. We’re excited. We’ll pick apart things on the bus on the way home right now and tomorrow will be an exciting day for Brainerd.”