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Rasmussen clips record

Jamestown’s Colt Rasmussen (top) celebrates with teammate Braydon Love after he broke the school record in the 200 freestyle at the state swimming meet on Friday in Grand Forks (Submitted photo)

A Jamestown High School record was broken, and the Blue Jays were proud of their performance on Day 1 of the state boys swimming and diving meet at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks on Friday.

Jamestown junior Colt Rasmussen bested the school record in the 200 freestyle, a record set by his brother, Lief Rasmussen in 2005, as the Blue Jays sent four swimmers and two divers into today’s finals.

“Today was the best performance we’ve had all season, which was great to see,” JHS coach Ben Smith said. “It’s nice to see the kids swim fast and dive well and come back for the finals.”

Rasmussen and senior Braydon Love will both be representing the Blue Jays in the 200 free finals. Rasmussen finished sixth in the preliminaries with his record time of 1:47.48, while Love notched the No. 13 seed with a time of 1:55.70.

The top 16 in each individual race earned a date in the finals. Rasmussen’s 1:47.48 was nearly a second faster than brother Leif’s previous best mark of 1:48.61.

Love and Rasmussen didn’t stop there. Love finished 10th in the 500 freestyle prelims with a time of 5:09.46 to reach the finals in that event, as Rasmussen is seeded seventh in the 100 freestyle finals (49.15).

Senior Andy Oslund finished just ahead of Rasmussen in the 100 free, finishing sixth with a time of 48.99. Oslund is also qualified in the 50 freestyle, after touching in 22.45 in the prelims to notch the No. 8 seed.

“It’s a fast meet. We had kids dropping seven seconds (in time).” Smith said. “It was just a good team effort today.”

Jamestown senior diver Riley Thoms is currently sitting fourth in the diving competition after five dives, while sophomore teammate Cody Lutman sits right behind Thoms in sixth. Thoms has racked up a score of 166.35, while Lutman piled up a 157.20 with six more dives yet to execute in today’s finals.

Sophomore Cayden Hare is in the 100 butterfly finals after taking 10th in the prelims in a time of 58.05. He also shaved seven seconds off his personal best time in the 200 individual medley, as his 2:13.93 placed him 21st.

“The guys are really excited about how they swam individually and in the prelims in diving,” Smith said. “We want to bring back that momentum and carry it into (today).”

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