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Connor Bjellum of Fargo South had quite the meet at the North Dakota High School State Championships.
His day started in the 200-yard medley relay. Fargo South won the race with a time of 1:37.18. The team consisted of backstroker Josh Olson, breaststroker Luke Bergstrom, butterflier Andrew Hollingsworth and Bjellum, who swam freestyle. Century finished almost a second later in 1:38.06, and Minot posed a time of 1:39.26.
Bjellum then brought home a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. The senior won by four-tenths of a second with a time of 1:44.56. Fargo Davies’ Maxwell Lingle touched second. Sam Artz of Century took third with a time of 1:46.89.
Minot’s Gerald Brown touched first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:56.38, winning by over a second. Hollingsworth touched second with a time of 1:58.00, and Century’s Kyler Alme rounded out the top three in 1:59.25.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Century’s Quentin Hogue took first place with a time of 21.72. Bergstrom was second in 21.75, just three-hundredths of a second behind Hogue. WF Sheyenne’s Zach Bueling touched third in 22.24.
Minot’s Coel Armagost won the diving competition with a score of 475.10. He was followed by Jamestown’s Cody Lutman and Mandan’s Johnny Mindt.
Hollingsworth took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.52. West Fargo’s Jacob Nygaard was second in 53.23, and Artz was third with a time of 54.02.
In the 100-yard freestyle, Bjellum picked his second individual win of the day. He touched the wall in 46.71, winning by over a second. Hogue was second in 48.36. Bobby Poynter of Fargo Davies was third with a time of 48.78.
Maxwell Lingle of Fargo Davies touched first in the 500-yard freestyle. He posted a time of 4:50.14, just ahead of Fargo North’s Shaun Mengelkoch, who finished in 4:50.41. WF Sheyenne’s Cole Weisz was third in 4:55.19.
Hogue, Adam Noland, Artz and Taylor Hedge teamed up to give Century a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, touching in 1:27.85. Fargo Davies finished second in 1:29.76, and Mandan rounded out the top three with a time of 1:31.62.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Gerald Brown of Minot won in 52.15. Bueling was second in 54.29 and was followed by Mandan’s Reed Bergman, who posted a time of 55.31.
Century had a huge showing in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking the top four spots of the race. Alme touched first with a time of 58.01, just ahead of Ethan Porter’s 58.21. Eric Bergson took third in 1:00.87.
Bjellum finished his day with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. He teamed up with Bergstrom, Massimo Sassi and Hollingsworth to win 3:13.65. Minot followed with a time of 3:15.64, and Forgo Davies touched third in 3:16.71.
The meet was held at the Bismarck Aquatic Center.