Jamestown High School boys swimming and diving has qualified 10 athletes for this season's state meet, which will be held March 1-2 at the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center.
"Our team is put together really well," said Blue Jay coach Ben Smith. "Our middle-school kids are putting in good efforts and their times have been dropping constantly, so that's promising to see the future of the program."
Noah Haglund leads the Blue Jays in state swimming events qualified. The sophomore is qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100 free, the 200 free, the 500 free, the 100 backstroke, the 100 butterfly and the 200 medley. Haglund's best rank comes in the 100 back, where he's recorded the state's ninth quickest time in 58.86 seconds.
"He's been doing really well," Smith said. "He trained a lot in the offseason and it really shows. He's pretty versatile, but he's good at the 100 backstroke and 200 medley."
Senior Cole Rasmusson is next, having qualified in six events. Rasmusson has punched his ticket in the 50, 100, 200, 500, 100 back and 200 IM.
"Cole is one of our distance swimmers, so he's good at the 200 and 500 free," Smith said. "He's been with our program since being a seventh-grader and put in a lot of time working hard till the state meet."
Junior Luca Flann is a third Blue Jay swimmer qualified in more than one event for state. Those events include: the 50, 100, the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM. Other swimmers qualified include seniors Andy Pfeiffer (50), Jacob Anteau (50) and sophomore Garret Wright (100 fly).
"The rest of the state qualifiers are doing awesome and cutting down their time," Smith said.
Senior divers Gage Poland and Jameson Holgerson, junior Cameron Winstead and eighth-grader Jaron Coombs are all qualified for state.
Poland's 11-dive score of 382.60 is ranked fourth, while Holgerson's six-dive score of 203.50 is ranked eighth.
"Our diving program is pretty solid right now," Smith said. "Our divers are consistently placing at all our duals. Our divers have been preparing really well-like going to diving camp-and are all multisport athletes, so that plays to their favor."
The Blue Jays' relay teams are ranked seventh in the 400 free (3:40.76), seventh in 200 medley (1:50.67) and 10th in 200 free (1:39.96).
"Far as our relays go, we're really thinking of what's the best combination to place the highest," Smith said. "Relays are fun because it's a team effort and we score double points in competition."
Jamestown will compete in the state meet pool this Saturday when it travels to Bismarck for the Century Invite.
"It's a state mentality week for us. We're going there Friday and Saturday, and we're practicing like it's the week of state," Smith said. "We're carrying positive attitudes into the competition.
"This weekend should show where we're slated for state. We placed six out of 14 (teams) at West Fargo (on Jan. 26) and that was a good meet for us."
JHS gymnastics qualifies seven
Fourth-ranked Jamestown High School gymnastics-with two regular-season competitions remaining-has seven competitors qualified for the state gymnastics meet, which will be held Feb. 22-23 at Jerry Meyer Arena.
Freshman Haley Nelson and sophomore Rachel Schiele are both qualified in the all-around competition with average scores of 36.658 and 35.975, respectively. Nelson's 36.658 is third in the state behind Dickinson's Dacia Rambousek and Ayanna Fossum.
Nelson is also ranked third in floor (9.558) and second in beam (9.458).
Schiele, ranked ninth in all-around, is fourth in floor and bars with average scores of 9.433 and 9.117, respectively.
Other individual state qualifiers include: junior Courtney Mack (vault and beam), eighth-grader Emma Hillerud (bars, beam), Anabelle Cramer (vault), Blair Arbuckle (bars) and Ryann Guscette (vault).
Jamestown heads to Minot's Gymagic Center this Friday for the Minot Invite.