JHS divers dominate, Blue Jays fall to MinotThe Majettes girls swimming team got the best of the Blue Jays in the pool during a dual in Minot on Tuesday, but Jamestown retained its dominance on the diving board.
By: Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun
The Majettes girls swimming team got the best of the Blue Jays in the pool during a dual in Minot on Tuesday, but Jamestown retained its dominance on the diving board.
Jamestown’s Alex Lind and Abby Wanzek once again finished 1-2 in the diving competition, as Minot defeated Jamestown 135-51.
“We saw a lot of improvement, mainly in our distance events and in diving,” JHS coach Ben Smith said. “All five of our divers improved on their scores this meet.”
Lind, the defending state diving champion, ran away with the top spot, posting a score of 284.65. Wanzek scored above 215 with a 125.35.
Both Lind and Wanzek are seniors, while junior Abbie Conlon placed fourth for Jamestown scoring a 165.30.
In the 500 freestyle, Jamestown’s four swimmers of juniors Ashlee Shafer and Karlie Marler, freshman Amber Walch and eighth-grader Jenny Allmer all obliterated their seed times. Shafer, Marler and Allmer finished 4-5-6, with times of 6:22.60, 6:36.75 and 6:42.13, respectively.
“All four of our distance girls improved their times in the 500,” Smith said. “All four of those girls combined to drop a total of 2 minutes of their times.
“That was really good to see, and we should see more improvement in our distance events as they get more endurance with practice.”
Minot, and its home-pool advantage, went on to sweep the swimming events. Jamestown’s 200 medley relay team of Annie Hart, Chesney Middaugh, Kamie Wagar and Camille Kawasaki finished second with a time of 2:02.83.
Hart also collected a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 free and the 100 free. Wager took second in the 100 butterfly and finished third in the 100 breaststroke.
Jamestown eighth-grader Madisen Mandan became the 20th member of the Blue Jay swimming and diving team to qualify for the UND Invite during Tuesday’s dual. She accomplished that by posting a time of 28.33 in the 50 free.
The UND Invite is scheduled for Sept. 22 in Grand Forks, but first the Jays travel to the Bismarck Invite this Saturday.
“That’s our first invitational of the year, so we’re excited for that one,” Smith said. “We’ll practice super hard this week and rest a little bit on Friday to hopefully perform well on Saturday.”
Minot 135, Jamestown 51
200 medley relay: 1, M (Marena Kouba, Sarah Bogenrief, Alexis Clark, Mckenna Brown), 1:59.19; 2, J (Annie Hart, Chesney Middaugh, Kamie Wagar, Camille Kawasaki), 2:02.83.
200 freestyle: 1, M, Cassandra Askvig, 2:05.52.
4, LaMae Turk, 2:22.00; 5, Brianna Johnson, 2:37.62.
200 IM: 1, M, Bogenrief, 2:23.31.
4, Kawasaki, 2:39.19; 5, Middaugh, 2:40.30.
50 freestyle: 1, M, Emily Hamel, 25.84.
3, Hart, 26.59; 5, Kylie Pfaff, 28.23.
Diving: 1, J, Alex Lind, 284.65; 2, J, Abby Wanzek, 215.35; 3, M, Emmalee Stach, 199.50; 4, J, Abbie Conlon, 165.30.
100 butterfly: 1, M, Brown, 1:04.37; 2, J, Wagar, 1:04.66.
Other JHS results
4, Madisen Prasek, 1:11.29; 5, Turk, 1:14.63.
100 freestyle: 1, M, Askvig, 56.68.
3, Hart, 58.95; 5, Madisen Mandan, 1:05.44.
500 freestyle: 1, M, Josie Gillund, 5:57.36.
4, Ashlee Shafer, 6:22.60; 5, Karlie Marler, 6:36.75.
200 freestyle relay: 1, M (Hamel, Tori Allison, Devin Scott, Askvig), 1:47.27.
3, (Kawasaki, Pfaff, Wagar, Hart), 1:52.60.
100 backstroke: 1, M, Brown, 1:02.65.
4, Kawasaki, 1:12.62; 5, Johnson, 1:13.50.
100 breaststroke: 1, M, Bogenrief, 1:11.22.
3, Wagar, 1:18.72; 5, Middaugh, 1:22.02.
400 freestyle relay: 1, M (Askvig, Scott, Hamel, Brown), 3:50.21.
3, (Turk, Marler, Shafer, Middaugh), 4:25.32.
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