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Junior Jamie Vanasse competes in the medley relay during Monday's double-dual meet against Grand Rapids and Perham. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Lumberjacks switch events to add variety, gain depth

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During the past four days the Bemidji girls swimming and diving team faced four teams in dual action and hosted a 12-team invitational. To say the Lumberjacks are tired would be an understatement.

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"We need a rest," said BHS coach Woody Leindecker.

"Tuesday we'll do long recovery swims to flush out the system. And the rest of the week we'll hit things hard again."

The grueling schedule climaxed Monday when Bemidji defeated Grand Rapids 172-143 and Perham 169-143 in a double dual at the BHS pool. Leindecker used the meet as an opportunity to have his athletes compete in events other than their specialties and the tactic was successful.

"We wanted to win both meets but in doing so we also wanted to shuffle the lineup," Leindecker said. "Kids can become stale if they do the same thing and run the same races all of the time. Like a job, if you never get a break you can lose your edge.

"We also wanted to move kids around so they can develop an appreciation for the other events and their teammates who swim those events. It's important to have a feel for what your teammates are experiencing and what they go through in every competition."

Lexie Hendricks was among Bemidji's athletes who shifted events Monday. Normally representing the Lumberjacks in the 500 free, Hendricks competed in the 100 free and placed sixth.

The junior maintained her spot in the 200, however, and edged teammate Dani Hoven for first place with a time of 2:10.02.

Assuming Hendricks' spot in the 500 was Steph Frey who also moved to the 100 fly for a change of scenery. Frey dominated the 500 with a time of 5:41.48 and, although Monday was her first time competing in the fly, the junior won in 1:02.66 and missed the school record by about a second.

"Steph can swim anything," the coach said. "But her time in the fly tells us that we can use her in that event if it would benefit the team."

Also winning Monday was the 200 medley relay unit of Erin Arndt, Frey, Jamie Vanasse and Maris Jahner (2:00.53), Arndt in the 200 individual medley (2:29.44), Kyle Grosfield in diving (198.85), the 200 free relay team of Hoven, Kenzie Timms, Jahner and Frey (1:46.92) plus the 400 free relay unit of Arndt, Hendricks, Jahner and Hoven (4:01.77).

Contributing seconds were Hoven in the 200 free relay (2:13.49) and Vanasse in the 100 fly (1:08.31) while placing third were Arndt in the 100 breast stroke (1:19.88), Kayla Hewitt in the 100 back (1:15.46), Jana Hedstrom in diving (178.75) and Jahner in the 50 free (27.72).

"It's been quite a grind since Friday," Leindecker said. "We didn't swim our best Monday but we raced well. This is our third big competition in four days and we were tired. But we swam well enough to win."

Monday's Results

Bemidji 172, Grand Rapids 143

Bemidji 169, Perham 143

Perham 166, Grand Rapids 146

200 medley relay: 1-Bemidji (Arndt, Frey, Vanasse, Jahner) 2:00.53. Other Bemidji: 5-Bemidji (Hewitt, Timms, McRae, Krause 2:13.00; 9-Bemidji (Kivi, Bellefy, Grund, Sycks) 2:34.17

200 free: 1-Hendricks (Bem) 2:10.02. Other Bemidji: 2-Hoven 2:13.49; 8-Johnson 2:27.32

200 IM: 1-Arndt (Bem) 2:29.44. Other Bemidji: 8-McRae 2:42.25; 10-Wright 2:46.27; 12-Littlewolf 2:55.76

50 free: 1-Viren (GR) 24.78. Bemidji's results: 3-Jahner 27.72; 5-Timms 28.22; 6-Krause 29:00; 11-Kivi 32.04

Diving: 1-Grosfield (Bem) 198.85. Other Bemidji: 3-Hedstrom 178.75; 5-Carey 153.45; 7-Erickson 137.50

100 fly: 1-Frey 1:02.66. Other Bemidji: 2-Vanasse 1:08.32; 10-Krause 1:19.67; 12-Bellefy 1:39.55

100 free: 1-Viren (GR) 54.20. Bemidji's results: 2-Hoven 59.77; 6-Hendricks 1:01.55; 9-Wright 1:05.28; 10-Johnson 1:05.75

500 free: 1-Frey (Bem) 5:41.48. Other Bemidji: 5-Vanasse 6:10.15; 6-Olson 6:10.68; 12-Grund 7:50.79

200 free relay: 1-Bemidji (Hoven, Timms, Jahner, Frey) 1:46.92. Other Bemidji: 4-Bemidji (Krause, Wright, Olson, Hendricks) 1:58.29; 8-Bemidji (Fellman, Grund, Bellefy, Littlewolf) 2:09.74

100 back: 1-Meyer (Per) 1:09.19. Bemidji's results: 3-Hewitt 1:15.46; 7-Olson 1:16.45; 9-McRae 1:17.60

100 breast stroke: 1-Kratzke (Per) 1:15.13. Bemidji's results: 3-Arndt 1:19.88; 6-Timms 1:23.52; 11-Fellman 1:48.32

400 free relay: 1-Bemidji (Arndt, Hendricks, Jahner, Hoven) 4:01.77. Other Bemidji: 4-Bemidji (Wright, Vanasse, Olson, McRae) 4:25.58

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

During the past four days the Bemidji girls swimming and diving team faced four teams in dual action and hosted a 12-team invitational. To say the Lumberjacks are tired would be an understatement.

"We need a rest," said BHS coach Woody Leindecker.

"Tuesday we'll do long recovery swims to flush out the system. And the rest of the week we'll hit things hard again."

The grueling schedule climaxed Monday when Bemidji defeated Grand Rapids 172-143 and Perham 169-143 in a double dual at the BHS pool. Leindecker used the meet as an opportunity to have his athletes compete in events other than their specialties and the tactic was successful.

"We wanted to win both meets but in doing so we also wanted to shuffle the lineup," Leindecker said. "Kids can become stale if they do the same thing and run the same races all of the time. Like a job, if you never get a break you can lose your edge.

"We also wanted to move kids around so they can develop an appreciation for the other events and their teammates who swim those events. It's important to have a feel for what your teammates are experiencing and what they go through in every competition."

Lexie Hendricks was among Bemidji's athletes who shifted events Monday. Normally representing the Lumberjacks in the 500 free, Hendricks competed in the 100 free and placed sixth.

The junior maintained her spot in the 200, however, and edged teammate Dani Hoven for first place with a time of 2:10.02.

Assuming Hendricks' spot in the 500 was Steph Frey who also moved to the 100 fly for a change of scenery. Frey dominated the 500 with a time of 5:41.48 and, although Monday was her first time competing in the fly, the junior won in 1:02.66 and missed the school record by about a second.

"Steph can swim anything," the coach said. "But her time in the fly tells us that we can use her in that event if it would benefit the team."

Also winning Monday was the 200 medley relay unit of Erin Arndt, Frey, Jamie Vanasse and Maris Jahner (2:00.53), Arndt in the 200 individual medley (2:29.44), Kyle Grosfield in diving (198.85), the 200 free relay team of Hoven, Kenzie Timms, Jahner and Frey (1:46.92) plus the 400 free relay unit of Arndt, Hendricks, Jahner and Hoven (4:01.77).

Contributing seconds were Hoven in the 200 free relay (2:13.49) and Vanasse in the 100 fly (1:08.31) while placing third were Arndt in the 100 breast stroke (1:19.88), Kayla Hewitt in the 100 back (1:15.46), Jana Hedstrom in diving (178.75) and Jahner in the 50 free (27.72).

"It's been quite a grind since Friday," Leindecker said. "We didn't swim our best Monday but we raced well. This is our third big competition in four days and we were tired. But we swam well enough to win."

Monday's Results

Bemidji 172, Grand Rapids 143

Bemidji 169, Perham 143

Perham 166, Grand Rapids 146

200 medley relay: 1-Bemidji (Arndt, Frey, Vanasse, Jahner) 2:00.53. Other Bemidji: 5-Bemidji (Hewitt, Timms, McRae, Krause 2:13.00; 9-Bemidji (Kivi, Bellefy, Grund, Sycks) 2:34.17

200 free: 1-Hendricks (Bem) 2:10.02. Other Bemidji: 2-Hoven 2:13.49; 8-Johnson 2:27.32

200 IM: 1-Arndt (Bem) 2:29.44. Other Bemidji: 8-McRae 2:42.25; 10-Wright 2:46.27; 12-Littlewolf 2:55.76

50 free: 1-Viren (GR) 24.78. Bemidji's results: 3-Jahner 27.72; 5-Timms 28.22; 6-Krause 29:00; 11-Kivi 32.04

Diving: 1-Grosfield (Bem) 198.85. Other Bemidji: 3-Hedstrom 178.75; 5-Carey 153.45; 7-Erickson 137.50

100 fly: 1-Frey 1:02.66. Other Bemidji: 2-Vanasse 1:08.32; 10-Krause 1:19.67; 12-Bellefy 1:39.55

100 free: 1-Viren (GR) 54.20. Bemidji's results: 2-Hoven 59.77; 6-Hendricks 1:01.55; 9-Wright 1:05.28; 10-Johnson 1:05.75

500 free: 1-Frey (Bem) 5:41.48. Other Bemidji: 5-Vanasse 6:10.15; 6-Olson 6:10.68; 12-Grund 7:50.79

200 free relay: 1-Bemidji (Hoven, Timms, Jahner, Frey) 1:46.92. Other Bemidji: 4-Bemidji (Krause, Wright, Olson, Hendricks) 1:58.29; 8-Bemidji (Fellman, Grund, Bellefy, Littlewolf) 2:09.74

100 back: 1-Meyer (Per) 1:09.19. Bemidji's results: 3-Hewitt 1:15.46; 7-Olson 1:16.45; 9-McRae 1:17.60

100 breast stroke: 1-Kratzke (Per) 1:15.13. Bemidji's results: 3-Arndt 1:19.88; 6-Timms 1:23.52; 11-Fellman 1:48.32

400 free relay: 1-Bemidji (Arndt, Hendricks, Jahner, Hoven) 4:01.77. Other Bemidji: 4-Bemidji (Wright, Vanasse, Olson, McRae) 4:25.58

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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