Warriors Athlete of Week: Warriors Rosenwald rules the pool

Cade Rosenwald picked up four wins in the Brainerd Warriors swimming and diving team's last dual against St. Cloud Tech/Rocori.

Brainerd Warrior Cade Rosenwald swims the butterfly during his meet with Tech/Rocori Tuesday, Dec. 21. 2021, at Brainerd High School. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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Cade Rosenwald was involved with some big news Tuesday, Dec. 21, and he was involved in some almost big news.

The Brainerd Warriors senior swimmer helped the Warriors 200-yard medley relay smash a Brainerd High School pool record that stood since 1999. Rosenwald teamed with Thomas Ruhl, Parker Tatge and Mason Kuepers to swim a 1:39.69 and break the old record of 1:40.17 and win the event during a dual with St. Cloud Tech/Rocori.

“I think the medley relay can throw down a winning time at state,” Rosenwald said. “I know that we’re all excited because it’s always been us four on this relay since we were 7. It will be a good relay this year. This one and the 200 free relay.”

Rosenwald’s big day wasn’t done as he won the 50-yard freestyle with a 22.27 that forced teammate Ruhl to yell out over the crowd, “Cade, I thought you were supposed to be sick?” Rosenwald’s time topped Ruhl, who placed second in 22.64.


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“Down at the Bloomington-Jefferson Invite he had split of a high 21 seconds in the 200 free relay,” Brainerd head coach John Zemke said. “We kind of figured he would be in that low 22 range. He’s definitely got speed. When he chooses to turn it up a notch he can definitely do it.

“His stroke changes. When we’re at practice and we’re not going full-on, his stroke is much different; more than anybody else on the team.”

Then came the almost record of 52.48 in the 100 butterfly. However, Rosenwald already broke the pool record last year. Because the thought was the Brainerd boys would be swimming in a new pool this season, the new record wasn’t updated on the record board located on a wall near the pool. Still, a 52.48 after just four dual meets is fast according to Zemke.

"It’s not so much a time goal, but more of a feeling,” he said. “It’s kind of a ‘that was a perfect race’ kind of thing."

— Cade Rosenwald

“His technique and obviously, he has a lot of talent are what make him so good,” Zemke said. “You don’t swim that fast without having a great deal of talent. You put talent together with a good work ethic and technique, it makes for a very good swimmer.

“I can’t remember for sure, but I believe going into taper last year, he was swimming a 54 or a high 53 and he’s already sitting at a 52.4. He’s definitely ahead of where he was last year. We’re excited. We just need to keep him and everyone else healthy. He’s a key component on two of those relays.”

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Rosenwald also holds the school record in the fly which he set during last year’s state meet with a 50.80. The senior doesn’t have a goal concerning time and place. His goal for the fly is unique.


“It’s not so much a time goal, but more of a feeling,” he said. “It’s kind of a ‘that was a perfect race’ kind of thing.”

When asked where a perfect race would put him on the podium he laughed and said, “winning.”

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Rosenwald continued his winning ways Tuesday in the 200 freestyle relay as he joined Kuepers, Cayden Sumption and Tatge to post a first-place time of 1:33.16. Rosenwald normally anchors that relay, but his start in the 50 freestyle was so fast that he might lead off the relay and Rosenwald is up for that challenge.

“I would like to lead off this year because I have been putting a lot of work into my start over the summer,” Rosenwald said. “I know I can get a really good start for our team.”

At the Bloomington-Jefferson Invite Dec. 18, Rosenwald won the butterfly in 53.66 and helped the 200 medley and 200 free relays to firsts in the nine-team invite.

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Those were the same results in a 30-point victory over Sartell Thursday, Dec. 16. He added a second-place showing in the 200 individual medley.

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“I’m seeing a lot more maturity from him this year,” Zemke said. “Last year was kind of difficult to gauge because it was shortened. It was a little bit different from a training perspective. One of the things different from last year was this summer he spent with a swim club down in Sartell for a good chunk of the summer. That extra training and extra competing, probably another year of a guy being older were some of the differences with his times that we’re seeing from him already.”


Last season, Rosenwald advanced to the Class 2A state meet in the medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. He also placed 14th in the butterfly. The senior put in extra time this offseason to make sure he goes back to state and improves on his finishes.

“Myself, Mason and Cayden all stayed in an apartment down in Sartell for most of the week and it was eight practices a week,” Rosenwald said. “We had five morning practices and three night practices and each was about two hours long. We put in a good 20 hours a week in the pool

“That definitely helped a lot, but I would say the weight lifting that I did over the summer helped a lot, too.”

Rosenwald said his focus has improved this season and while he’s sure it’s because he’s a senior and a captain, he believes it has more to do with the team’s lofty expectations.

“Our confidence is very high,” Rosenwald said. “We’re definitely shooting for some big goals this year so the confidence needs to be there.”

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Other notable performances

Peyton LeMieur, girls hockey, scored two goals in a 6-0 victory over Willmar and tallied three goals against Bemidji.

Brenna Deason, gymnastics, won the vault and floor to also capture the all-around against Willmar.

Max Roby, boys hockey, scored two goals and added an assist against Little Falls.

Molly Hagelie, girls hockey, scored three goals against Bemidji and added another against Willmar.

Isaiah Germann, wrestling, finished 3-0 with a pin at the Sauk Rapids Quadrangular.

Gabe Wagner, wrestling finished 3-0 with a pin at the Sauk Rapids Quadrangular.

Annelise Baird, girls Nordic skiing, won the Fergus Falls Invite with a 20:11.61.

Cade Rosenwald

Cade Rosenwald

Sport: Swimming and diving

Position: 100-yard butterfly, relays

Year: Senior

Age: 17

Height: 5-foot-11

Career highlight: Qualifying for state as a sophomore with the 400-yard freestyle relay

Grade-point average: 3.7

Favorite class: Math

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite movie: “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Favorite TV show: “The Mandalorian”

Favorite website or app: Spotify

Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings

Future plans: Degree in Business, swim in college

Favorite athlete: Michael Phelps

Parents: Marcia and Ryan Rosenwald

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