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Jays' Carlson, Flann in 'A' finals at state swim meet

Jamestown's Colton Carlson and Jonas Flann will have one last battle between friends in the pool.

The Blue Jay senior teammates both qualified for the A finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the state swimming and diving meet Friday, March 2, at West Fargo's Hulbert Aquatic Center. Carlson finished fourth overall in the prelims, touching in 1 minute, 1.54 seconds, while Flann finished seventh in 1:02.98.

The top eight finishers in the preliminary races qualify for the A finals—where champions are crowned. The remaining swimmers in the top 16 qualify for the B finals.

The state meet's final day Saturday begins with the 1-meter diving semifinals at 10:30 a.m., followed by finals in the pool at 1:30 p.m.

"We can't control what the other athletes do, we can only control what our athletes do and our kids had stellar performances today," said Blue Jay swimming and diving coach Ben Smith. "It was a good day for the Blue Jays."

Carlson and Flann were ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, by time in the breaststroke entering state, as both athletes swam their best race of the season Friday. Flann also made the 50 free A finals, taking eighth in the prelims at 22.26—another top season time.

Carlson qualified for the B finals in the 100 butterfly, touching 14th in the prelims at 57.41. Blue Jay junior Cole Rasmusson is in the B finals of the 500 freestyle after his opening race of 5:12.21 was good enough for 15th overall.

Rasmusson just missed the B finals in the 200 free, taking 17th. Jamestown freshman Noah Haglund finished the 100 backstroke prelims 17th and the 200 individual prelims in 19th.

Sophomore Cameron Winstead came in 18th in the 1-meter diving preliminares with a score of 139.65, qualifying him for Saturday's six-dive semifinals.

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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