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Friendly Competition: Jays encouraging each other in pool

Jamestown's Chandler Rott swims Thursday in the 50 yard freestyle event. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown's Ben Weinzierl swims the breastroke in the 200 yard individual medley Thursday at the Blue Jay pool. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Colton Carlson swam his best 100-yard breaststroke of the season Thursday at the JHS pool, passing teammate Jonas Flann's top time in the process.

The two Jamestown High School seniors currently own the state's fourth and fifth best times in the event, with Carlson's 1 minute, 4.63 seconds leading Flann's 1:04.75. But a little friendly competition has been a good thing, according to Blue Jay swimming and diving coach Ben Smith.

The Blue Jays fell 135-51 in a dual against Minot, with Carlson winning the breaststroke.

"We have a lot of good, healthy competition on our team right now," Smith said. "That's really beneficial. They are all really good about encouraging each other and pushing each other.

"They know if they help each other get better the team gets better."

Jamestown directed its attention toward its relay teams Thursday against a tough opponent in the Magicians.

Flann, Zack Steinberger, Luca Flann and Cole Rasmusson posted a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.84), while Carlson, Noah Haglund, Steinberger and Luca Flann put together a third-place run in the 200 medley relay (1:51.68).

Carlson, Andy Pfeiffer, Luca Flann and Rasmusson also captured third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.51).

"We put a lot of our guys in our relays and we wanted to make that our focus for tonight's dual," Smith said. "I thought we did well in all those races."

Jonas Flann, who is qualified for state in 10 events, shifted his individual attention to the diving board, an event won by Blue Jay junior Gage Poland's six-dive scored of 182.35. Poland's best six-dive score of the season of 185.0 is currently the 10th-best score in the state.

"Gage did a good job. We had a lot of action on the diving board tonight," Smith said. "When you have tough competition, like Minot, I feel like you level up. They're really good competitors and it was a fun environment."

Jamestown has one regular-season competition remaining prior to the West Region meet in Bismarck on Feb. 24 in Bismarck. The Blue Jays host Fargo South, Moorhead (Minn.) and Wahpeton on Feb. 15.

"We have a week off and we'll get back at it," Smith said.

Minot 135, Jamestown 51

Winners and Blue Jay results

200 medley relay: 1. M (Charlie Wentz, Griffin Schaeffer, Steve Novak, Gannon Miller), 1:46.66; 3. J (Noah Haglund, Colton Carlson, Zack Steinberger, Luca Flann), 1:51.68.

200 freestyle: 1. Connor Templeton, M, 1:59.15; 3. Kaden Schmidt, J, 2:25.11; 5. Ben Anteau, J, 2:35.03.

200 IM: 1. Easton Evanoff, M, 2:07.90; 4. Ben Weinzierl, J, 2:35.11; 5. Garret Wright, J, 2:35.42.

50 freestyle: 1. Novak, M, 23.06; 5. Steinberger, J, 24.89; 6. Chandler Rott, J, 27.39; 7. Malik Krahler, J, 29.83.

Diving: 1. Gage Poland, J, 182.35; 4. Jameson Holgerson, J, 156.10; 5. Cameron Winstead, J, 155.85.

100 butterfly: 1. Schaeffer, M, 58.85; 3. Colton Carlson, J, 1:00.74; 5. Cole Rasmusson, J, 1:04.20; 6. Tyler Bjorgaard, J, 1:05.34

100 freestyle: 1. Evanoff, M, 51.13; 4. Kane Schmidt, J, 1:18.02; 5. Will Nelson, J, 1:22.37.

500 freestyle: 1. Peyton Huss, M, 5:19.03; 4. Jacob Anteau, J, 5:55.76; 5. Aiden Ash, J, 6:05.87.

200 freestyle relay: 1. M (Evanoff, Zac Spaulding, William Walker-Rozo, Novak), 1:33.23; 2. J (J. Anteau, Bjorgaard, Andy Pfeiffer, Haglund), 1:38.84.

100 backstroke: 1. Dominic Yoder, M, 59.53; 3. Bjorgaard, J, 1:05.05; 5. Jon Listul, J, 1:13.25; 6. Justus Kiecker, J, 1:29.58.

100 breaststroke: 1. Carlson, J, 1:04.63; 4. Haglund, J, 1:13.26; 6. Braden Hart, J, 1:32.59.

400 freestyle relay: 1. M (Miller, Wentz, Spaulding, Evanoff), 3:32.09; 3. J (Carlson, Pfeiffer, Luca Flann, Rasmusson), 3:48.51.

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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