Century Four-Peats, Lexi Duchsherer Sets State Record at North Dakota Girls Championships

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The 2018 North Dakota Girls State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 10 at the West Fargo Hulbert Aquatic Center. A pair of State records and nine pool records were broken.

Led by sophomore Lexi Duchsherer who broke a seven-year-old North Dakota State record in the 50 free and was a member of the State record-setting 4×50 free relay, Century High School won their fourth-straight – and eighth overall – team title. They finished with 400 points ahead of Minot (281) and Fargo Davies (236.5).

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Century – 400
2. Minot – 281
3. Fargo Davies – 236.5
4. West Fargo Sheyenne – 220.5
5. West Fargo – 168

Century began their winning ways by starting the meet with a pool record in the 4×50 medley relay. The quartet of Briana RittenbachAvery MeyhoffPaige Keller and Duchsherer posted a time of 1:46.14 for the win. West Fargo was second in 1:50.66 and Williston was third in 1:51.03.

Grand Forks Red River freshman Elsa Musselman powered home to a win in the 200 free in 1:53.93, just two-tenths shy of her pool record-setting time of 1:53.72 she set during prelims. Minot’s Hannah Zaderaka swam to second place in 1:55.02 as Century’s Carly Palmer took a close third in 1:55.23.

Fargo Davies’ Gracie Lingle took the top spot in the 200 IM with a final time of 2:08.24; her time of 2:06.70 set a new pool record. Minot’s Rylie Webb wasn’t too far behind in 2:08.51 for second as Rittenbach swam to third in 2:11.65.

A trio of sophomores led the way in the 50 free as Duchsherer led the charge in a quick 23.31 – over 1.5 seconds faster than the runner-up. Her time eclipsed the previous State record of 23.36 set by Courtney Funk back in 2011. Williston’s Demi Peterson (24.90) was second followed closely by Keller (24.95).

Fargo Davies’ rookie Madison Hischer dove to the top spot on the 1-meter board with a final score of 408.80. Her teammate Isabelle Chambe took second with 399.60 points and Mandan’s Olivia Lacher posted a score of 393.20 for third.

After taking second in the 50 free, Peterson found herself on top of the podium in the 100 fly as the only swimmer under the minute-mark with a time of 59.33. West Fargo Sheyenne teammates Tierney Howell (1:00.29) and Bree Triplett (1:00.58) finished second and third, respectively.

Duchsherer added the 100 free title to match her splash-and-dash win: the sophomore sprinted her way to her second individual win in a swift 51.60. She held off a charging Lingle who wound up second in 52.29 followed by Musselman’s third-place finish in 53.06. 

Jordyn Danielson of Grand Forks Red River cruised to first in the 500 free, posting a three-second victory in 5:15.20. Freshmen Isaella Koebel of Century was second in 5:18.24 and fellow rookie Greta Bellas of West Fargo Sheyenne ended up third in 5:19.36.

Century posted yet another victory, this time with Sarah Dorrheim, Keller, Palmer and Duchsherer secured another win and a State record in the 4×50 free relay with a time of 1:37.38, bettering the old mark of 1:38.21 set by Minot in 2013. Second went to Grand Forks Red River (1:39.85) and third belonged to Fargo Davies (1:40.62).

Rittenbach earned the gold in the 100 back, stopping the clock in 55.93 after setting a pool record of 55.67 during prelims. Grand Forks Red River’s Liddy Ohe (57.47) got the silver and West Fargo’s Liv Hettinger (58.63) snagged bronze as the only swimmers to crack 60 seconds.

Palmer got her hands to the wall first in the 100 breast by a full second in a winning time of 1:05.84. Williston’s Jenny Logan swam to second in 1:06.88 and Mandan’s Mayson Sheldon posted a time of 1:07.32 for third.

Century secured their team victory by concluding the meet with their third relay win and pool record in the 4×100 free relay with the squad of Dorrheim, Andrea Frank, Palmer and Rittenbach touching the wall in 3:34.24. Minot took second in 3:38.28 and third went to Grand Forks Red River in 3:40.57.