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Jays split in Bismarck

Colt Rasmussen won the 50 freestyle and took second in the 100 butterfly to pace the Blue Jays in a double-dual with Bismarck and Century on Thursday in the Capital City.

The Blue Jays defeated the Demons and fell to the Patriots, but had a good performance after a week of strenuous training.

“The team performed really well. We had a lot of time drops. It was a good atmosphere and a fun day,” JHS coach Ben Smith. “Last week was the midseason point, so we had a tough training period, so to still have those time drops after a hard week was really good to see.”

Results of the meet were not available at press time.

Divers Cody Lutman and Riley Thom gave the Blue Jays a 2-3 finish off the board as each continued their strong seasons.

The Blue Jays also got runner-up performances from their two freestyle relay teams, consisting of Rasmussen, Braydon Love, Andy Oslund and Cayden Hare.

Seventh-grader Cody Lange continued to creep closer to qualifying in his two events, Smith said, in the 500 free and 100 breaststroke.

“Individually and team-wise it was a good day for us,” Smith said. “It’s a nice, big facility and to get a split was good.”

The Blue Jays are back in Bismarck next weekend, competing in the two-day Century Invite on Feb. 7-8.

Prior to that, they’ll hold their annual fundraiser, which will be held on Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the JHS pool. The team will combine to swim a marathon, 26 miles in all, with each member responsible for one mile. The money raised will be donated to the Red Cross and presented at the team’s final home outing on Feb. 11.

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Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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