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Alumni Meet December 23rd, 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

When: Friday, Dec 23rd. Warm-ups 5:00pm, Meet: 6:00pm.

Who: Any present or past swimmers of the Red Wing Boys or Girls Swim Teams.

Come by the pool for a fun evening before Christmas! Catch up with old teammates and meet the current teams. It always turns out to be a fun evening. This season we will be starting alumni meet records for those of you that are up for the challenge and for the rest of us, me included, it’s another chance to get in the water and have some fun racing your old teammates.

Hope to see you there!

-Gene Petersen ’01

Catching up with… Casey Murnane ’09 and Tyler Moulton ’09

Monday, December 5th, 2011

For our second installment of alumni news we head back to college for a chat with recent alumni Casey
Murnane ’09 and Tyler Moulton ’09. Casey is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and Tyler is a junior at
the University of St. Thomas.   They left Red Wing as very decorated athletes and students which included a section academic award,
multiple all-state awards, a top 3 team finish in 2009 and an athlete of the year nomination in 2009 for Casey.

  1. What is your best memory from RW swimming.

    Tyler: Favorite memory by far was our senior year state meet. It was great getting so many

    people into events, and when we ended up finishing third, that was just the best feeling ever. I can’t think of a better way to finish your highschool career.

    Also there was the meet where we beat some ranked teams in 2009. Nobody in the state really thought we would be able to perform at the end of the year, and I think when we won that meet people really started to notice Red Wing as a swimming powerhouse again.

    Casey: When I beat out my friend Sam Betterley in a 500 by a 10th of a second.  It was particularly memorable because he was head the whole race, most of the time by more than a body length, until the last 25.

  1. What meet are you currently training for? What are your season goals

    Tyler: I am tapering for the St Johns/St Thomas swim meet on december 10th. Hopefully get back down into the 50-51 second range for the 100 free and 22 range for the 50. I am studying in hawaii for January so will be out of the pool for to long to compete at the end of the year meet.

    Casey: Currently I am training for a meet at Wheaton. I hope to make the A cut in 400 IM though it will be a long shot at best. My season goals are to make it to nationals and hopefully place in the top 16 at nationals.

  1. Do you have any advice for current RW swimmers?

    Tyler: If you are even considering swimming in college, I would really recomend it. It offers a huge friend base right away after ariving, and the friends you make there will most likely be a lot of your best friends going through your college career.

    Casey: DON’T PANIC, Never give up, Have fun and learn to lift weights (it really helps with swimming and simply staying in shape in the off season and over all). Also make sure you know how to study before getting to college its not nearly as easy as high school and actually require you to go over your material.

  1. What school are you at? Major? Class year? Hardest class? Favorite class? Plans after college?


    Tyler: Right now I go to St Thomas, I am a junior this year and am a mechanical engineering major. Some of the classes I am taking right now are thermodynamics, electronics, and engineering materials. Thermo and electronics are really focusing on power generation on different levels. Thermo is talking about engines in cars and piston-cylinder assemblies and electronics is talking more about the potential of turbine power generation. Pretty cool stuff but not easy by any means. After graduating I plan on getting a job in engineering somewhere around here, then going back to St Thomas or the U of M and get a master’s degree in business education.

    I attend the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. I major in Psychology I am in my 3rd year and my hardest class is Linear
    Algebra. My favorite class is Learning (a psych class) and I’m not entirely sure what I want to do yet but I it will have something to
    do with both swimming and psychology.

  1. Anything else you can think of. favorite race, quote, etc…

    Tyler: Good quote to live by:
    “Going in one more round when you don’t think you can, thats what makes all the difference in your life.” -Rocky Balboa

    Casey: I love to swim the 400 IM it is by far my favorite race. I don’t really have a favorite quote (their are simply too many) but some of note from my college coach are “You don’t have to feel good to swim fast,” and “Swim with a happy heart.”

You can keep track Casey and Tyler through their seasons by visiting the St Thomas site or the UW Stevens Point site. Thanks again to Casey and Tyler.

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Catching up with… Nick Early ’98

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Our first alumni profile is on Nick Early class of 1998. Nick swam on the Red Wing boys swim team from 1992 to 1998 and is a former captain, multi-time state champion, all-american, and school record-holder for Red Wing. He is currently living in Chicago, IL and is a professional triathelete along with working as a civilian contractor with the US Navy. He is the lead Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the BUD/S prep program where he trains Navy SEAL recruits to be better swimmers. Check out or his twitter account @nearlytri to keep up with Nick on his career as a professional triathlete.

1. What years were you a part of the Red Wing team and who were your coaches?

started with the team in the 7th grade and graduated in 1998. All 6 years the head coach was Charlie Nelson. Todd Walsh was the Assistant and Don Featherstone was the Diving coach.

2. Give us a little background on your swimming career. (Awards, honors, etc…)

I first started swimming with the Local USS program when I was 8. At the time the YMCA had a swim program. So in the summers I swam with the USS Team and the
winters I swam with the Y. Once I started 7th grade I swam high school in the winter months. In 8th grade I started swimming with the Hastings Area Swim Team as they had experience sending swimmers to Junior Nationals (for swimmers 19 and under) and I wanted to qualify and swim at the national competition. I was a five time conference champion, a 5 time state champion, 4 time All-American swimmer and a
3 time state record holder for the Red Wing boys swim team. I also competed in Cross Country and Track and field. In Cross Country I was All-Conference Honorable mention as a Junior and All-Conference as a senior.

Post Red Wing I started off swimming at the University of MN for the first couple of
months. I transferred after one year to Gustavus Adolphus College and competed for them for 2 years. At Gustavus Adolphus I was a 7 time conference champion, I received 6 All-American Honorable mention awards, and 1 All-American award. In 2000 I helped Gustavus Adolphus to ending St. Olaf’s 97 consecutive conference Dual meet victories as well as their 20 year consecutive conference championships. I did this with fellow Red Wing Swimmers Jeff Simonson, Nick and Nate Brase, and Diver Charlie Kimball.

4. What is your best memory from the Red Wing High School team.

There are many memories to Choose from. When we had team parties and we would play Golden Eye on the Nintendo 64 until late at night was always a great time and team bonding experience. Or during Christmas break when we would go to Godfather pizza on Thursday for Buffets and see how much pizza we could eat. I am sure they lost money on us. It could be my Junior year at state where we were 5th over all, highest finish by a Red Wing swim team up to that point. We won both the 200 and 400 free relays. It would however have to be my senior year when we won the state meet. We had such a complete team. We finished 2nd in the Medlay relay, won both free relays, won 2 individual events (Myself in the 200 free and Nick Brase in the 50 free) We set 4 state records as a team, had top 8 finishers in every event but 2 (the 50 and 100
free we had 3 and the two events we did not have top 8’s I think we were 9th and had two in the top 16 of the other). We won by such a large margin I don’t think we had to swim the breastroke or the 400 free relay. The team really came together.

5. Anything else stick out in your mind? Memories, quotes, races, teammates?

I don’t think you have enough space for all the good stuff. I remember when I was in 8th grade we were out touched in the last relay against Northfield to loose the dual meet
in our pool. The next year we turned things around on them as we out touched them in the last relay to win the dual meet, in their pool on their home coming. It was great to turn the tables on our conference rivals. Charlie Nelson always had great quotes. One of my favorites would have to be “if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we would
all have a Merry Christmas.” It’s funny, but it also let us remember, no excuses and to work hard.

6. What are you up to now?

Currently I have my Professional License in Triathlons. I race in a couple of different series around the US and I also compete in the ITU draft legal format. This is the
format that is raced in the Olympics where you can draft on the bike (most races, especially for age-groupers there is no drafting). You earn points in ITU races to move up to bigger races and if you earn enough points you can race for a spot on the US Olympic team. I want to earn more points and do some more prestigious races, but I doubt the Olympics will be in my future. Unfortuntely only the top couple of Pro’s actually make a full time living from Triathlon so I work a full time job to pay for travel and other race expenses. I work for a company called T3. We are contracted by the US Navy to work with their BUD/s prep program. Our job is to get Navy SEAL recruits
physically ready for the demands they will face in their training. I am the lead SME (Subject matter expert) and help them become better in the water. Again, they are recruits and not yet Navy SEALS. Only about 20% of the guys we see will get through the entire program and receive their trident. I also coach swimmers and triathletes on the side.

 7. What advice would you give if you could talk to yourself in high school or what advice would you give to the current members of the team?

I would give myself the same advice I would give the current members of the team. Work hard and if something does not go as planned, whether its a season, a meet, a
practice, or even a swim set, don’t worry about it to much. Learn from it and do better the next time.


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Turner Eckstrom named Diver of the Week for the Big 10

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Turner Eckstrom, class of 2010, was named Big 10 diver of the week. Turner is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. Congrats to Turner!

Alumni News

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Check out the R-E website for a bunch of updates on alumni and current members of the boys team.

Turner Eckstrom, Sam Whitebear and Tanner Alms are featured.

Catching up with Winger alumni

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

In the coming weeks I will be posting some interviews with Red Wing alumni and seeing what they’re up since graduating. We are lucky to have a wide assortment of alumni with interesting backgrounds and varied interests that can bring a fresh perspective to our sport and life after high school. If you have any ideas for someone who you think would be an interesting person to interview please let me know so we can get in touch with them!

-Gene Petersen

Alumni Meet

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The alumni meet is back!

December 23rd. 6pm. Be there for the 4th Red Wing alumni meet. Members from the boys and girls team past and present are invited to come and catch up with teammates and have some fun in the pool before Christmas.

Hope to see you there!

-Gene Petersen