WILLMAR — In its first home meet of the season, the Willmar boys swimming and diving team couldn’t keep pace with one of the best teams in the Central Lakes Conference.

Brainerd captured 10 of 12 events to pick up a 107-79 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday from Willmar High School.

“It was a fun meet with many close races. Brainerd was just a little faster in more of them,” Willmar head coach Carl Shuldes said. “There were numerous season-best swims for both teams.”

The Cardinals’ two victories came from senior Ben Seelhammer and sophomore Kale Bockelman.

Clocking in at 2 minutes, 10.61 seconds, Seelhammer claimed the 200-yard individual medley by .51 seconds over Warriors senior Tristan Dawson. Bockelman had the top score in the 1-meter dive with a mark of 227.6. Brainerd junior Jalen Emslander was second with a mark of 206.1.

Newsletter signup for email alerts

Seven of the 11 races were decided by less than a second, with the Warriors taking six of them. The night’s tight race came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Willmar seniors Ayden Schueler and Logan McGillivray teamed with juniors Colin O’Farrell and Aidan O’Meara to take second in the event after turning in a time of 1:36.01, .29 seconds behind the winning mark.

Schueler was involved in the closest individual event, taking second in the 100 freestyle with a swim of 50.53. Warriors sophomore Mason Kuepers defeated the Cards junior after finishing the race in 50.18.

Kuepers added wins in the 200 freestyle and aided the Warriors to wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Junior Cade Rosenwald teamed with Kuepers in the 400 freestyle relay. He won three other events: the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and swam a leg in the 200 medley relay.

Willmar returns to pool at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Cloud Apollo.

Brainerd 107,

Willmar 79

200 MEDLEY RELAY – (1) Brainerd, 1:47.73 (2) Willmar (Ben Seelhammer, Aidan O’Meara, Ethan Hurley, Logan McGillivray), 1:48.46
200 FREESTYLE – (1) Mason Kuepers, B, 1:52.00 (2) Ayden Schueler, W, 1:53.81
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – (1) Seelhammer, W, 2:10.61 (2) Tristan Dawson, B, 2:11.02
50 FREESTYLE – (1) Cade Rosenwald, B, 23.29 (3) McGillivray, W, 23.98
DIVING – (1) Kale Bockelman, W, 227.6 (2) Jalen Emslander, 206.1
100 BUTTERFLY – (1) Rosenwald, B, 55.12 (3) Hurley, W, 1:03.74
100 FREESTYLE – (1) Kuepers, B, 50.18 (2) Schueler, W, 50.53
500 FREESTYLE – (1) Baden Bastien, B, 5:50.35 (3) Ryan Pappenfus, W, 5:55.05
200 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Brainerd, 1:35.72 (2) Willmar (Schueler, Colin O’Farrell, McGillivray, O’Meara), 1:36.01
100 BACKSTROKE – (1) Dawson, B, 56.60 (2) Seelhammer, W, 57.56
100 BREASTSTROKE – (1) Cayden Sumption, B, 1:11.95 (2) McGillivray, W, 1:12.34

400 FREESTYLE RELAY – (1) Brainerd, 3:32.04 (2) Willmar (Schueler, O’Farrell, Hurley, Seelhammer), 3:34.81