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TJ Reinhardt — Boys Swimming and Diving

TJ Reinhardt had a great month of February in swimming. The Braves only had four competitions and TJ made each one of his swims count.

Starting the month off right, TJ swam to four first-places during the Grand Forks Dual on Feb. 1, winning the 200 freestyle 1:57.67, the 100 breaststroke 1:06.73, 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. At the Century Invite TJ gave the coaches something to think about. With every team in the state there TJ swam to fourth place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.82 and swimming to a fourth place finished with his teammates in the 400 freestyle. The Mandan Invite had all the WDA teams present and TJ swam to a second place lace finish with a 51.73, third in the 200 freestyle relay and third in the 400 freestyle relay.

With only WDA left for the month, the coaches and TJ sat down and brainstormed “what if we move you to the 100 freestyle at WDA and not swim you in your regular event, the 100 butterfly?” TJ was in for a grueling schedule of events, all in the second half of the meet, swimming 100 Freestyle event No. 7, 200 freestyle relay event No. 9, 100 breaststroke event No. 11 and anchoring the 400 freestyle relay event No. 12 — so it meant little recovery between events. TJ started it off in the 100 freestyle, swimming to a WDA championship title with a time of 49.85, dropping 2 seconds. His 100 breaststroke was more of the same, swimming to a second-place finish with a time of 1:01.96 — a major drop in time. The relays TJ swam in both cut time and swam to a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay and a fourth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. TJ and his teammate swam the Braves to a third-place team finish for the WDA championships. TJ was also recognized as a WDA All-Conference athlete.

— coach Ralph Manley

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