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Willmar's Michael McLain is on his way to placing first in the 200 freestyle on Thursday during the season opener with Sauk Rapids in Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Swimming: Willmar wins season opener

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Robert Brau, A.J. Derouin and Michael McLain were among the winners as the Willmar Cardinals opened the season with an impressive showing in their own pool.

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The Cardinals piled up 10 victories to soak the Sauk Rapids Storm 104-78 on Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference dual.

Brau won the individual medley in 2:23.44 and had a personal best of 1:05.95 while taking second behind teammate Kyle Rozendaal in the backstroke.

McLain, a freshman, won the 200 freestyle in 1:59.49 and the 100 butterfly in 1:03.08.

Willmar's Ross Swartz went 24.33 to place first in the 50 freestyle and 54.38 to win the 100 freestyle. Deroiun won the 500 with a 5:42.

Willmar 104, S. Rapids 78

200 MEDLEY RELAY - (1) Willmar: Kyle Rozendaal, Reid Olson, Michael McLain, Mason Kluver; 1:49.38 (2) Willmar: Robert Brau, Andy Martinek, Ross Swartz, Ben Fuglestad; 1:54.59 (3) Sauk Rapids 1:55.92

200 FREESTYLE - (1) McLain, Wil, 1:59.49 (2) A.J. Derouin, Wil, 2:05.09* (3) Dick Aaker, Wil, 2:08.0

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - (1) Brau, Wil, 2:23.44 (2) Colby Baker, SR, 2:27.08 (3) Rozendaal, Wil, 2:27.96 (4) Fuglestad, Wil, 2:35.67

50 FREESTYLE - (1) Swartz, Wil, 24.33 (2) Kluver, Wil, 24.95 (3) Mitch Cottew, SR, 26.14 (5) Olson, Wil, 26.52 (6) Jack Unger, Wil, 26.84*

DIVING - (1) Josh Skoczen, SR, 188.30 (2) Bennet Woltjer, Wil, 168.45 (4) Aaron Weidemann, Wil, 147.8 (6) Isaac Yoakum, Wil, 104.85

100 BUTTERFLY - (1) McLain, Wil, 1:03.08 (2) Dempsey Schroeder, Wil, 1:10.35 (3) Nick Aaker, Wil, 1:10.83

100 FREESTYLE - (1) Swartz, Wil, 54.38 (2) Kluver, Wil, 55.98 (3) Baker, SR, 56.40

500 FREESTYLE - (1) Derouin, Wil, 5:42.95 (2) Zach Feldhege, SR, 5:57.08 (3) Connor Haugen, Wil, 6:20.56 (4) Fuglestad, Wil, 6:26.72

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - (1) Willmar: Kluver, Aaker, Olson, Derouin; 1:41.52 (2) Willmar 1:47.46

100 BACKSTROKE - (1) Rozendaal, Wil, 1:02.92 (2) Brau, Wil, 1:05.95* (3) Devin Amberg, SR, 1:12.93 (4) Schroeder, Wil, 1:15.42

100 BREASTSTROKE - (1) Lukas Olson, SR, 1:12.26 (2) Olson, Wil, 1:14.37 (5) Martinek, Wil, 1:20.03 (6) Unger, Wil, 1:20.27

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - (1) Willmar: Swartz, Aaker, Rozendaal, McLain; 3:46.32 (2) Willmar: 3:56.44

*Personal best

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