GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, March 8. THE Century High School Patriots successfully defended their title at the North Dakota Boys High School Swimming and Diving Championships. The meet was held March 7-8 in Grand Forks at the Hyslop Sports Center on the campus of the University of North Dakota.
Century’s 349 points put them just ahead of the Minot Magicians (323). Fargo North took third (297), with West Fargo fourth (253) and Fargo South fifth (235).
Century was led by state record-setter Loren Sether. The junior lowered the 200 IM mark to 1:54.58, blasting the prior mark of 1:56.67 set initially by Matt Bonzer in 2003 and tied by Ian Ballantyne in 2011. Setner missed a second title by 5-hundredths, losing in the 100 fly to Fargo North senior Tanner Bjorlie, 52.13 to 52.18.
Sether also led off both of Century’s victorious relays. Sether, junior Logan Stucki, sophomore Quentin Hogue and senior Zach Grosz combined for a 1:27.11 in the 200 free relay. Sophomore Taylor Hedge joined Sether, Stucki and Grosz for a 3:13.43 in the 400 free relay.
Minot senior Ethan Bull took down another of Ballantyne’s 2011 records in the 100 breast of 58.02 with his 57.01.
Justin Kovich, a Minot junior, cruised to a winning 21.40 in the 50 free. He also held off Fargo South senior Alex Brock (47.23) and Century’s Grosz (47.34) with his 47.17 for the 100 free title.
Fargo South claimed the 200 medley relay in 1:38.80 with the squad of Connor Bjellum (sophomore), Beau Anderson (senior), Andrew Hollingsworth (senior) and Alex Brock (senior). Brock topped the field in the 200 free (1:42.92) and Bjellum’s 53.80 gave him the triumph in the 100 back.
The 500 free champion was Bismarck senior Austin Teunisse with his 4:48.49. Brady Covington, a junior at Fargo North, was the top diver with 462.70 points.