By Sarah Eckersley
GRAND FORKS, North Dakota, November 15. SWIMMING World Female High School Swimmer of the Year Dagny Knutson (Minot) highlighted the North Dakota High School State Championships once again. Knutson, who is a six-star recruit in the College Recruit Rankings powered by Take Your Marks, set national high school records in the 200 IM and the 100 freestyle this weekend.
Century claimed the state title with 290 points followed by Williston (262.5) and Minot (225).
Kaitlin Bolinske, Sadie Miller, Madison Porter, and Kelsey Stenson (Williston) won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.98. Bolinske and Miller had individual wins in the 100 backstroke (59.29) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.16) respectively.
Knutson clocked a time of 1:53.82 in the prelims (1:55.79 in the finals) of the 200 IM. Her time surpassed the overall and public record of 1:56.45 set by Mary Beck in 2008. Kathleen Hersey (Marist H.S., GA) holds the independent high school national record with a time of 1:57.41. In addition, Knutson lowered the 100 freestyle high school mark with a prelim time of 48.15 (48.30 in finals).
Sophomore Ali Church (Grand Forks Central) had individual wins in the 200 (1:52.08) and 500 (5:04.57) freestyles.
Century's Cassie Walth, Lydia Engberg, Jarren Fallgatter, and Kalee Kemmesat clocked a time of 1:39.42 in the 200 freestyle relay for a first-place finish.
Lexie Halberstadt of Shanley was a dual event winner in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly (55.99). She set a state record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.52.
Jameson Mairin (Shanley) won the diving competition with a score of 435.75. Jamestown's Kaitlin Walsh and Fargo South's Ashley Kankefritz followed with scores of 381.70 and 375.40 respectively.
Walth, Engberg, McKenzie Jeske, and Kemmesat set a state record in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:37.03. The previous record (3:37.23) was set by West Fargo (T. Olson, M. Brennan, A. Reiter, and K. Schoonhoven) in 2005.
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