Swim and Dive: Alexandria boys excited about its youth

The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team are a younger squad this year but still has expectations to be among one of the section's best. Alexandria has finished as the runner-up at the Class A state meet in back-to-back seasons.

Erik Reineke swimming
Then-junior Erik Reineke swims to a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle individual race on Jan. 27, 2022, for Alexandria. Reineke is one of the senior leaders on the 2022-23 Alexandria boys team.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press
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The Alexandria boys swimming and diving team is coming off of back-to-back seasons where it placed second at the Class A state meet.

Now Alexandria is searching for more success in the 2022-23 season.

“We will have lots of young talent to fill in the gaps from graduation last year,” Alexandria head coach Kathy Walker said. “We should do well at the section meet again and advance many to the state meet.”

The Cardinals return some of those pieces from last year’s state runner-up team that had all-state honors including freshman Kyler Kavanagh (honorable mention - diving), senior Erik Reineke (200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay; honorable mention - 200 freestyle), senior Logan Tung (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay) and junior Eric Peterson (200 medley relay, honorable mention - 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke).

Logan Tung
Alexandria junior Logan Tung wins the 200 IM in a time of 2:04.23 to secure his spot at the state meet out of the Section 5A field on Feb. 26, 2022. Tung is one of the senior leaders on the 2022-23 Alexandria boys swim and dive team.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria was strong in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle, as it earned top three finishes in those events. It also had a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.


Tung was on the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams, and he also placed 14th in the 200 individual and ninth in the 100 backstroke at state. Peterson placed 16th in the 100 butterfly and 12th in the 100 backstroke.

In addition to these athletes, the Cardinals have more returning key pieces from last year.

“Andrew Crowser and Mark Meece were also instrumental in our successes last season as were Cayden Abell and Cooper Running in the freestyle events,” Walker said.

At the season-ending banquet in the spring of 2023, Reineke was voted a team captain for this year.

“We have a lot of returning talent who are mentoring the younger members of the team,” Walker said. “

Reineke is coming off a state meet where he placed in the top 20 in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Kavanagh placed 14th at the state diving meet and dove in the USA Diving Junior National meet this past summer.

Alexandria's Kyler Kavanagh dives at the Class A state meet on March 5, 2022, where he finished 14th as a an 8th-grader, with a finals score of 321.45. Kavanagh competed at the USA Diving Junior Nationals in the 1m and 3m dives in Midland, Texas, from July 25 to Aug. 2, 2022. Kavanagh is now heading into his freshman year for Alexandria.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

Walker said the team has a lot of strengths in the freestyle and diving events. She also said there’s a lot of returning talent in the stroke events.

The Cardinals last year placed third in the Central Lakes Conference meet and won the Section 5A meet . Walker took home co-section coach of the year honors, while Aaron Rooney was named the section diving coach of the year, then-senior Caden Kavanagh was named diver of the year and then-Nicolas Welle was named the section swimmer of the year.


Walker said that they are smaller in numbers this year but will still be a strong program.

“We have a small but mighty team,” she said.

Alexandria returns some of its award winners from last year including junior Cooper Running (19th in 200 IM and 17th in 500 freestyle) who shared the team’s most improved honor with Kavanagh, last year’s rookies of the year, freshmen Luke Christenson, who placed eighth in the section in the 100 butterfly and Adi Newman who placed sixth in the section in the 500 freestyle.

Walker pegged Sartell as a top team in the conference and Melrose/Sauk Centre as a top team in the section.


HEAD COACH - Kathy Walker, 6th season

ASSISTANT COACHES - Steve Kluver, Aaron Rooney

ROSTER - SENIORS - Erik Reineke, Logan Tung; JUNIORS - Andrew Crowser, Mark Meece, Eric Peterson; SOPHOMORES - Cayden Abell, Cooper Running; FRESHMEN - Lucas Bakker, Luke Christenson, Val Edwards, Kingston Huntley, Zachary Iverson, Kyler Kavanagh, Camden Kosters, Ethan Melgren, Reed Mellgren, Adi Newman, Micah Overshiner, Samuel Kamina; 8TH-GRADE - Carson Bumgarner, Keaton Dummer, Ethan Gehrke, Krew Muscha, Tony Olson, Gavin Peterson, Andy Wacek


SCHEDULE (subject to change)-

Dec. 15 at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 6 p.m.
Dec. 22 vs Fergus Falls, 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 at Sartell-St. Stephen, 6 p.m.
Jan. 12 vs Willmar, 6 p.m.
Jan. 14 Host Section 6A True Team Meet
Jan. 19 vs St. Cloud Tech/Rocori, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 True Team State at University of Minnesota
Jan. 26 at Brainerd, 6 p.m.
Jan. 31 vs Melrose Area, 6 p.m.
Feb. 2 at St. Cloud Apollo, 6 p.m.
Feb. 11 CLC Meet at Sauk Rapids-Rice, 10 a.m.
Feb. 24-25 Section 5A Meet at Morris, TBD

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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