Sam Artz, Jayden Porter Lead Century to North Dakota Boys High School State Title

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It was a three team battle at the top of the North Dakota Boys High School state championship this weekend.

Minot’s Gerald BrownGriffin SchaefferJaydon Mehlhoff, and Jordan Hamilton out touched Century’s Eric BergesonJayden PorterTrysten Ruhland, and Adam Nodland 1:38.79 to 1:38.81 to win the 200 medley relay.

Century’s Sam Artz won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.67. His teammate Chris Birnbaum finished third (1:48.30). Fargo North’s Shaun Mengelkoch was second with a 1:47.36.

Brown claimed the 200 IM in dominating fashion with a 1:53.84. Bergeson also cleared two minutes in 1:59.08.

Fargo South’s Luke Bergstrom out touched Nodland 21.67 to 21.80 for the 50 freestyle title. Bergstrom then fell to second in the 100 freestyle with a 48.73. Zack Bueling of West Fargo Sheyenne was first to the wall in 48.13. Bismark’s Eric Krug finished third (48.79).

Bueling’s teammate Dillon Stangeland won the 100 butterfly in 52.11. Centurty’s Artz was runner up (52.58).

Jacob Smith of West Fargo Shetenne won the 500 freestyle with a 4:51.01. Birnbaum finished second (5:46.19) and Brayden Rygh of Grand Forks placed third (4:56.44).

Mengelkoch combined with Payton and Delton Gabel and Peyton Fisher to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:28.31. The quartet also dominated the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.97.

Minot’s Brown clocked a 51.71 to win the 100 backstroke, just off his of state record of 51.16 swum in prelims. Bueling placed second (53.73) .

Century’s Porter cracked a minute in the 100 breaststroke with a winning 59.81. Bergeson (1:00.87) and Luke Peterson (1:01.62) were second and third.

Century won the meet with 342 points while Minot was runner up with 322 and Fargo North finished third with 308 points.

Full results available here.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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