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JHS girls swim set to compete

Jamestown's Chea Baugh competes in the 100-meter butterfly last season at the JHS pool. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School girls swimming coach Ben Smith wasn't feeling discouraged after having eight less swimmers come out this year.

"We have 30 girls coming out this year," Smith said. "This is a little smaller of a team from last year but we can focus more during training and move girls around a little more."

The Blue Jays will be returning six state-experienced swimmers and divers that competed at the Bismarck Aquatics Center last November.

Sophomore Tyler Alonge and junior Kenzie Carlson were in the 200-yard medley and freestyle relay race. Eighth-grader Chea Baugh was also in the 200 freestyle.

Baugh, junior Calli Lynch and sophomore Jordyn Mewes all swam in the 400 freestyle.

Senior Nadia Netolicky, will be leading the diving side after finishing 13th at state last fall.

"Every team is different," Smith said. "The girls are pushing hard in the pool and it's really fun to see."

The Blue Jays will be hosting Grand Forks Central and Red River this Saturday at the JHS pool starting at 11 a.m.

"We've done some time trials to see where we are at in practice," Smith said. "The first meet is the baseline and after that we move forward."

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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