Carlie Borchers (Senior) - Girls’ Swimming & Diving:
Mar Club Female Athlete of the Month for November is Senior Carlie Borchers. Carlie was nominated by Coach Ralph Manley for Girls’ Swimming & Diving. Coach Manley wrote this about Carlie:
Carlie had a super month of November – The Braves had two big meets and Carlie stepped up at both meets (WDA & State). At the WDA Championships in Minot, Carlie started the meet off with a 4 second time drop in her 200 Freestyle (2:01.20), swimming to a WDA Championship in that event!! With one individual event behind her, she set her sights on the 500 Freestyle. The race was one exciting event. Carlie and Mckenna Brown from Minot fought hard through the length of the 500. They switched 1st and 2nd position at every 25 all race long, with the last length to the finish stroke for stroke with each other. Carlie had a fantastic 9 ½ second time drop in her best swim of the season so far (5:23.31), but what seemed to be an almost tie, ended with Carlie in a 2nd place finish by only .420 behind Mckenna. Carlie then got out of the water, took a couple of deep breaths then anchored for the next event, the 200 Freestyle relay. She swam her best split of the season, a 25.12 which gave our relay a 4th place finish with the time of 1:48.63, a 2 ½ second drop from their best time. Carlie was still not done. She was the anchor on the 400 Freestyle relay team, she helped out her relay teammates by swimming her best split by almost 3 seconds, a 55.61, with the Relay finishing a solid 4th place with a 3:58.67. Carlie also earned the honor of being named to the WDA All-Conference team. A very fantastic day!!
State was the next weekend at Bismarck where she continued with the same effort and swims. In her 200 Freestyle she dropped another 1 ½ seconds (1:59.62) swimming to a 6th place finish. In her 500 Freestyle she dropped a 1/12 seconds to a 5:22.91, again finishing 6th place for the Braves. Carlie again anchored the 200 Freestyle Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay with the teams place 11th in the 200 freestyle Relay with a 1:47.00 and 9th in the 400 Freestyle Relay with a 3:53.01.
Dale Spillman (Sophomore) – Wrestling:
MAR Club Male Athlete of the Month for November is Dale Spillman. Dale is a sophomore and was nominated by his Wrestling Coaches Ben Beckler and Luke Mellmer. Here is what they said about Dale:
Dale has had a very successful start to the season for the Braves picking up right where he left off last year, placing 7th at the State tournament as a freshman. He is undefeated in the two contests that we have had, posting a 4-0 record. Dale pinned his opponent in the BHS Dual and went 3-0 at the Minot Early Bird Tournament taking 1st place honors in the 170 pound weight class. He is currently Ranked 5th at 170 in the State Class A Coaches Poll and is the number two wrestler from the WDA Conference. Dale is also a high achiever off the mat as he earned Academic All-State Honors for the Braves last season, is involved in a number of extracurricular activities, and is a three sport athlete for Mandan High School. Dale pushes himself as hard as he can every day at practice to help prepare his self and his teammates for success during competition and is turning into a team leader for the Braves.
Other athletes nominated for the month of November were: Miranda Lowman, Junior, Volleyball and Mariah Marsh, Junior, Girls Hockey.