Lexi Ljunggren, Breah Anderson Earn Multiple Wins at 2015 North Dakota Girls High School Championships

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The North Dakota Girls High School State Championships took place this weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota at the Bismarck Aquatic Center.

Lexi Ljunggren of GF Central finished first in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.45, adding slightly to her prelims time of 1:50.56. Bismarck’s Emma Hepper finished second with a time of 1:52.47, and West Fargo’s Hallie Peterson was third with a 1:53.43.

Vanessa Herrman of Century blasted to the top of the podium in the 200 IM with a final time of 2:05.75, finishing 4.28 seconds ahead of the competition. Teammate Abby Bourgois finished second with a time of 2:10.03, while West Fargo’s Andie Peterson turned in a 2:11.28 for third.

Breah Anderson of Fargo North and Lexi Doherty of GF Red River battled for first in the 50 free, finishing .10 seconds apart. Anderson got her hand to the wall first, stopping the clock at 23.48 over Doherty’s 23.58. Minot’s Emily Hamel rounded out the top three with a 23.84.

The top three finishers in the 50 free were also the top three in the 100 free. Anderson grabbed her second win of the day with a final time of 51.71. Doherty took second with a 52.69, while Hamel finished a close third with a time of 52.76.

The top three finishers in the 100 fly all posted final times under the one-minute mark. H. Peterson dashed ahead of the competition to stop the clock at 57.49. Fargo North’s Anna Astrup turned in a time of 59.30 for second, while Century’s Tess Sether was third with a 59.76.

Ljunggren swept the competition in the 500 free being the only athlete under the five-minute mark with a final time of 4:57.98. Jordan Danielson of GF Red River and Bourgois battled for second stopping the clock only .03 seconds apart. Danielson finished with a 5:16.29 over Bourgois’ 5:16.32.

The 100 back was a battle to the finish with Hepper and Briana Rittenbach of Century stopping the clock .01 seconds apart. Hepper managed to edge out Rittenbach 57.54 to 57.55.

Century teammates Vanessa Herrmann and Carly Palmer finished 1-2 in the 100 breast. Herrmann turned in a final time of 1:03.23 while Palmer was second with a 1:04.44. A. Peterson was a close third with a time of 1:04.46.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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