Already considered one of the best butterfly swimmers in school history, sophomore Cade Rosenwald still isn’t happy with his times.
The Brainerd Warrior did collect three individual firsts and helped Warrior relays to five victories last week. His 285 team points is second on the Warriors roster.
“Points to me don’t matter that much,” Rosenwald said. “What matters to me are my times and how we’re doing as a team.”
Thanks to Rosenwald’s points, however, Brainerd is undefeated in the Central Lakes Conference at 6-0 and is 7-0 overall.
Rosenwald won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.79 and was second in the backstroke and was on two winning relays in a CLC dual at St. Cloud Tech Tuesday, Jan. 14. Rosenwald’s 55.79 set a pool record in Tech’s first-year pool.
In a home conference meet against Willmar Thursday, Jan. 16, Rosenwald won the butterfly in 54.95 and the 200 individual medley in 2:07.95
Again, he helped the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relays to first-place finishes.
“He gets after it. He’s not going to back down from anybody,” Brainerd head coach John Zemke said. “Whether he’s going against somebody who is 10 seconds slower or someone who is faster than him, he’s going to get after it. In the last seven or eight days, he swam 12 different races and that’s a lot of competition. Monday, even the very last race, he was competing like everybody else. He went after it and never backs down. He very seldom has a race where it didn’t go exactly how he wanted it to as far as not having enough stamina or ability to finish it out.”
The last four races in the week span came Monday, Jan. 20, in the Section 8-2A True Team meet at Elk River. Rosenwald finished second in the 200 IM with a 2:09.16. He was third in the butterfly with a 55.29.
“I would have liked a little bit more time drop,” Rosenwald said. “That just wasn’t possible at the time. I was a little bit tired from practice. But otherwise, it was a pretty good meet.”
Brainerd, which finished third in the team standings, got one victory in the 200 medley relay. Tristan Dawson started things off before giving way to Parker Tatge. Rosenwald swam the third leg.
“He’s the third leg,” Zemke said. “He’s the butterflier in that. He’s as fast as anyone we’ve ever had at this point in the season swimming that leg. He’s one of the fastest butterflier in the section so having him doing that leg there hasn’t been many if any third-leg swimmers we have competed against who have been as fast as he has.
“That adds a lot to the relay and being only a sophomore he’s definitely swimming faster than he thought he would at this point. We’re obviously very pleased with his performance.”
Rosenwald gave way to senior Dylan Paulson and the foursome posted a winning time of 1:41.30.
“We’ve been hyping up the medley relay for a long time now -- ever since I was in seventh grade,” Rosenwald said. “We were hoping for a few records with that. We just knew that eventually this relay would be put together at some point in the future.”
Rosenwald’s fourth event came in the 400 freestyle relay that placed third. The team of Paulson, Rosenwald, Mason Kuepers and Connor Lund posted a 3:26.74.
“He’s huge to our team and we’re going to need him every bit as fast as he can be,” Zemke said. “He’ll be in the medley relay and the IM and in the fly and he’s also in the freestyle relay. I believe he has the second-fastest split on that relay and we’re going to need him to be lights out at the end to advance whatever we possibly can.
“We’re looking forward to big things. We just have to stay healthy and keep working hard. We have two meets left before the section meet so it’s getting down and we’ll really ramp up training over the next 10 days.”
Rosenwald said advancing to state is on his mind, but prior to the season was focused on not letting the relays down and helping the team as much as he could.
But being one of the top butterfliers in the section has him excited for sections.
“I do a lot of technique work with the butterfly over the summer and during the year. I watch videos of other guys swimming and analyze it and make it as good as possible or as similar to them.”
Zemke said the focus and work are paying off.
“His stroke when you watch him swim is absolutely flawless,” Zemke said. “I‘m sure there are tiny little things that he maybe he could be doing, but as far as when we watch him, his technique is fantastic. He’s got good walls. He’s good underwater and he’s got the strength now to compete well.”
Other notable performances
Connor Powers, basketball, finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three steals against St. Cloud Tech.
Gina Wasniewski, Nordic skiing, placed second at the Alexandria Invite to lead Brainerd to first place.
Izaac Herrlich, swimming and diving, set a new pool record with a winning dive score of 221.25 against St. Cloud Tech and scored a first-place 272.80 against Willmar.
Max Darkow, Alpine skiing, won the Annandale Invite at Powder Ridge with a 43.67 time.
Olivia Tautges, basketball, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds against Sauk Rapids.
Matt Allord, floor hockey, scored four goals against Maple Grove.
Alex Goedker, floor hockey, scored three goals and assisted on another goal against Maple Grove.
Izzy Olson, gymnastics, won the vault and all-around against Fergus Falls.
Kyle Eschenbacher and Gabe Wagner, wrestling, each finished 2-0 with two pins to improve to 9-0 over last two weeks.
Sport: Swimming and diving
Position or Events: 100-yard butterfly, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay
Career highlight: Competing in last year’s Section 8-2A meet
Grade-point average: 3.9
Favorite class: Math
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite movie: “The Quiet Place”
Favorite TV show: “Stranger Things”
Favorite website or app: Instagram
Favorite restaurant: Taco Bell
Future plans: A job in computer science
Favorite athlete: Michael Phelps
Parents: Marsha and Ryan Rosenwald