Swimming: Grunewald 5th at state in butterfly, breaks Elk record

Courtney Grunewald, shown in breaststroke here in the individual medley, placed 11th in that event and fifth in the butterfly with a school record. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Elk River junior Courtney Grunewald broke the school butterfly record that she had tied the evening before, and placed fifth, in the state Class AA swimming meet Saturday evening.

Grunewald also placed 11th in the individual medley, while her classmate Ali Schwab finished 11th in the breaststroke and 15th in the 50 freestyle, and the medley relay placed 16th.

The Elks accumulated 30 points for 21st place at the University of Minnesota.  Edina cruised to the championship with 316 points.

All Schwab (top) dived into the U of M pool in the 50 freestyle consolation finals. She placed 11th. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)


Grunewald, the Elks’ lone finals entrant for the second straight year, churned to a 57.19 as she held her fifth-place spot from prelims. She beat her prelim time of 57.40 that tied the second-oldest record on the Elks board, set by Colleen Morgan in 1999.

Grunewald placed 11th in the medley with 2:08.90, just about the same as her prelim (2:08.93).
Last year, Grunewald placed sixth in the backstroke.

Elk coaches Colleen Killpatrick and Doug Bloom, and swimmer Courtney Grunewald, cheer during Ali Schwab's 50 free race. (Photo by Rick Orndorf)

Schwab, after breaking the school breaststroke record with 1:06.91 on Friday evening for 10th place, lowered it to 1:06.75 in the finals although she slipped back one place in the standings. In the 50 free, she had 24.66 , falling back two places from prelims when she had 24..54.

The Elk medley relay of Emma Johnson, Schwab, Grunewald and Taylor Odegard placed last in the consolation heat for 16th place. Their time of 1:52.84 was almost a second slower than their prelim.

Rogers’ Young placed 10th

The lone Rogers entrant, freshman Jessica Young, placed second in the consolation heat of the Class A 200 freestyle for 10th place officially. Her time was 1:59.88, after going 1:58.55 in the prelims.