Swim and Dive: Alexandria boys crack top three at CLC meet

Logan Tung and Eric Peterson won Central Lakes Conference titles and helped Alexandria place third as a team.

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Alexandria's Eric Peterson swims during the team's 102-76 win over Willmar on Jan. 12, 2023. Peterson had multiple top finishes that helped the team earn the win. Peterson won the CLC title in the 100 backstroke on Feb. 11, 2023, and had other all conference honors as well.
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Two Alexandria Cardinals left the pool in Sauk Rapids on Saturday as Central Lakes Conference champions, Eric Peterson and Logan Tung. These two finishes, along with other top performances helped the Alexandria boys swimming and diving team place third as a team at the meet.

Peterson won the CLC title in the 100 backstroke (56.10), and Tung won the CLC title in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.34).

“Logan Tung swam to a lifetime best time in the 200 IM to finish second, surpassing the state meet qualifying time by five seconds,” Alexandria head coach Kathy Walker said. “Logan retained his conference champion title, winning the event by over four second. Eric Peterson continued to dominate the backstroke events by taking the CLC champion title in a state qualifying time.”

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Alexandria senior Logan Tung swims to a first place finish in the 200 IM in a meet against Melrose-Sauk Centre on Jan. 31, 2023. Tung was a part of four wins on senior night. Tung won the CLC title in the 100 breaststroke on Feb. 11, 2023, which was one of many all-conference performances on the day.
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Tung also finished as an all-conference swimmer with a second place finish (2:00.85) in the 200 IM, and Peterson earned all-conference honors in the 100 butterfly (54.44) by placing second.

Kyler Kavanagh finished second in the 1-meter dive and finished as an all-conference swimmer.


Rounding out the all-conference finishes, the relay team of Peterson, Tung, Adison Newman, and Andrew Crowser placed third in the 200 medley (1:43.02), Cooper Running placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:50.66) and in the 500 freestyle (5:05.85) and the relay team of Crowser, Running, Reineke, and Peterson placed third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.65).

In addition to these all-conference performances, Alexandria had honorable mention finishes by Erik Reineke in the 50 freestyle (22.82) and the 100 (50.07), and Andy Wacek in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.60). Wacek is an 8th-grader and swam a lifetime best in the 100 breastrstroke at Saturday’s meet.

Brainerd won the CLC title with 459.5 points.

Alexandria had a handful of swimmers and teams meet or surpass the state qualifying time for an event, and multiple athletes recorded a best of some kind.

“The only word that can describe Saturday's CLC swimming and diving meet is "spectacular,’’’ Walker said. “It was an all-around complete team effort that led the team to a third place finish.”

The Cardinals will have some taper time before competing in the Section 5A meet at the University of Minnesota-Morris on Feb. 24-25, 2023.

2023 CENTRAL LAKES CONFERENCE MEET TEAM SCORES - 1. Brainerd, 459.5; 2. Sartell, 391; 3. Alexandria, 357; 4. Sauk Rapids-Rice, 326.5; 5. St. Cloud Tech/Catherdal/Rocori/Becker, 238; 6. Fergus Falls, 221.5; 7. St. Cloud Apollo, 218; 8. Willmar, 109.5

ALEXANDRIA TOP-SIX FINISHERS - 200 MEDLEY RELAY - Eric Peterson, Logan Tung, Adison Newman, Andrew Crowser, 3rd, 1:43.02; 200 FREESTYLE - Cooper Running, 3rd, 1:50.66; 200 IM - Logan Tung, 2:00.85, 2nd; 50 FREESTYLE - Erik Reineke, 4th, 22.82; 1-METER DIVE - Kyler Kavanagh, 2nd, 439.30; 100 BUTTERFLY - Eric Peterson, 2nd, 54.44; Adison Newman, 7th, 59.34; 100 FREESTYLE - Erik Reineke, 4th, 50.07; 500 FREESTYLE - Cooper Running, 3rd, 5:05.85; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Adison Newman, Cooper Running, Erik Reineke, Logan Tung, 1:33.47; 100 BACKSTROKE - Eric Peterson, 1st, 56.10; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Logan Tung, 1st, 1:00.34; Andy Wacek, 5th, 1:08.60; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - Andrew Crowser, Cooper Running, Erik Reineke, Eric Peterson, 3rd, 3:25.65

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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