Swimming: Elks lose best-of-rest duel to Anoka 100-84

Alex Kopp hurtled toward fourth place in the individual medley. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

This being bowl week in football, you could designate the annual Elks vs. Anoka swimming meet Tuesday night as the Best-of-the-Rest Bowl.

Earning that distinction for 2012 is Anoka with a 100-84 conquest of the Elks at the VandenBerge pool.

With Maple Grove pretty much unbeatable year after year in the Northwest Suburban Conference, the Elks/Tornadoes winner always winds up the second-best team, making this meet the biggest of the regular season for each.

Mack Chamberlain did the breaststroke leg for the Elks' 'B' medley relay team that placed fourth. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Anoka won 7 1/2 of the 12 events (one was a rare tie), led by Cole Birklid, who took the 50 amd 100 sprints by wide margins and anchored the 200 medley relay win.

For the Elks, Collin Krueger (200 and 500 free) and Aaron Schwab (I.M. and butterfly) stayed unbeaten in conference duals. Schwab and Anoka’s Matt Kidman tied (57.27) in the latter.

“We knew we had to be creative to have a chance to beat Anoka this year,” said Elk coach Denise Eidem. “We had some good performances despite the outcome of the meet.”
Other highlight were PB’s by Spencer Hlavachek (200 free), Nick Kopp (IM and backstroke) and Andrew Bronshteyn (diving).

Elk freshman Andrew Bronshteyn took second in diving. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

“Andy B continues to post best scores in every dual meet,” noted the coach. “He will have his first 11-dive meet this weekend at Spring Lake Park.”

Eidem said the team was coming off its hardest week of training. With no meets in the holiday break, they went three hours a day, and on Dec. 31 they rang out the old year by swimming over 295,000 yards — over 165 miles — in one practice. The occasion was not only training but also the team’s annual fundraiser to support scholarships for graduates.

The Elks are 3-1 in the NWSC and 3-2 overall. If they win out, which is likely, they will probably meet Andover for third place at the end of the season while Anoka and Maple Grove, if they’re the division winners, dueling for the championship.

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200 medley relay – (1) Anoka: Jake Thacker, Taylor Dubois, Nick Hedman, Cole Birklid, 1:45.36 (2) Elks 1:48.15
200 freestyle – (1) Collin Krueger, Elks, 1:48.89 (2) Matt Hedman, Ano, 1:54.05 (3) Josh Gerrick, Ano, 1:56.82
200 individual medley – (1) Aaron Schwab, Elks, 2:06.48 (2) N. Hedman 2:11.27 (3) Mike Rosier, Ano, 2:15.96
50 freestyle – (1) Birklid 23.10 (2) Alex Kvidera, Ano, 24.19 (3) Jacob Christy, Elks, 24.60
Diving – (1) Brent Verke, Ano, 247.50 (2) Andrew Bronshteyn, Elks, 223.70 (3) Jacob Hedman, Ano, 131.70
100 butterfly – (1) Schwab and M. Hedman, tie, 57.27 (3) Alex Kopp, Elks, 1:00.42
100 freestyle – (1) Birklid 49.42 (2) Christy 53.19 (3) Kvidera 53.73
500 freestyle – (1) Krueger 5:00.56 (2) Josh Gerrick, Ano, 5:08.88 (3) Andy Olson, Elks, 5:23.51
200 freestyle relay – (1) Anoka: Kvidera, Travis Weight, M.Hedman, Birklid, 1:35.73 (2) Elks 1:39.31
100 backstroke – (1) Thacker 1:01.32 (2) Nick Kopp, Elks, 1:01.80 (3) Spencer Hlavacheck, Elks, 1:04.14
100 breaststroke – (1) Taylor Dubois, Ano, 1:05.23 (2) N. Hedman 1:07.81 (3) Trevor Springer, Elks, 1:09.52
400 freestyle – (1) Elks: Krueger, Christy, Olson, Schwab, 3:30.82 (2) Elks 3:49.07