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Blue Jays open season strong

Blue Jay senior Skylar Martin dives into the JHS pool during competition last season. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School boys swimming posted a successful opening weekend Saturday at the Fargo Davies Pentathlon.

The Blue Jays qualified six athletes for the state swimming and diving meet right out of the gate. Jamestown coach Ben Smith has 42 athletes out this winter, the largest team he's coached.

"Our team looks really good this year," Smith said. "We've got really healthy numbers and it's been great to see the program grow since coming to Jamestown."

Senior Jonas Flann state qualified in three of the freestyle events for the Blue Jays in Fargo. Flann captured third in the 50 (23.13), fourth in the 100 (51.84) and 14th in the 200 (2:04.40), helping Jamestown to 143 team points and a fifth-place finish of six teams.

Flann was the eighth-highest point scorer at the pentathlon tallying 34 total points.

Noah Haglund qualified for state in the 100 (55.93) and the 500 freestyle (5:39.26), while Cole Rasmusson met the standard in 200 (2:04.73) and the 500 (5:40.73).

Luca Flann punched his ticket to state in the 50 (25.30), while divers Gage Poland (294.25) and Jameson Holgerson (274.45) also met the mark. Poland finished the diving competition in second place.

"It's a different meet to start out with, just all the freestyles," Smith said. "I think all of our athletes performed really well. The varsity kids really came out full-speed and our JV guys and new swimmers showed a lot of potential too.

"It was really great to qualify six, and we'll keep getting more as the season goes on and we get more into our specialties."

Smith was impressed with his divers. Along with Poland and Holgerson finishing in the top four, Cameron Winstead (228.85) and Jaron Coombs (202.40) also put together solid afternoons.

"We were able to score four boys on the diving board, which is really good for us," Smith said.

Jamestown hosts Dickinson in a dual Thursday before traveling to Fargo North for a meet similar to Saturday's opener.

"We'll swim the 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 back and 100 breast, along with diving, Saturday at Fargo North, so we'll have all the events covered in the first two weeks," Smith said. "It's a real plus for us. We're able to see where we are and how to move forward."

Fargo Davies Pentathlon

Team results

1. Sheyenne 308.5; 2. Fargo Davies 178; 3. Fargo North 170; 4. West Fargo 154.5; 5. Jamestown 143; 6. Grand Forks 110.

Blue Jay results

500 freestyle: 13. Noah Haglund, 5:39.26; 14. Cole Rasmusson, 5:40.73; Tyler Bjorgaard, 5:52.13; 26. Jonas Flann, 5:56.49.

50 free: 3. J. Flann, 23.13; 19. Luca Flann, 25.30; 21. Andy Pfeiffer, 25.47; 26. Rasmusson, 25.58.

Diving: 2. Gage Poland, 294.25; 4. Jameson Holgerson, 274.45, Cameron Winstead, 228.85; Jaron Coombs, 202.40.

200 freestyle: 14. J. Flann, 2:04.40; 16. Rasmusson, 2:04.73; 19. Haglund, 2:05.53; 23. Bjorgaard, 2:06.47;

100 freestyle: 4. J. Flann, 51.84; 14. Haglund, 55.93; 27. Rasmusson, 57.55; 30. L. Flann, 57.91.

200 freestyle relay: 6. (J. Flann, Pfeiffer, Bjorgaard, L. Flann), 1:40.47; 8. (Rasmusson, Jon Listul, Garret Wright, Haglund), 1:44.13; 17. (Poland, Winter Mielke, Aiden Ash, Ben Anteau), 1:57.24; 22. (Winstead, Chandler Rott, Braden Hart, Dillon Shaffer), 2:08.34.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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