BOYS SWIMMING TAKES THIRD PLACE AT STATE
The Packers' streak of Eastern Dakota Conference titles was broken thanks to Fargo North two weeks ago.
During last weekend's North Dakota State Class A boys swimming and diving tournament in Grand Forks, the Spartans once again got the edge.
Forth took second place with 241 points, beating out the Packers by a mere 7.5.
Minot kept its stranglehold on the team crown, winning its 12th title in 13 years after amassing an impressive 424 points.
With the Magicians as the clear favorite, the meet really came down to second-place honors. But devastation hit West Fargo's ranks in the form of disqualifications in both the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relays.
Aside from the blemishes, however, there were several bright spots in the Packers' favor.
For starters, Ethan Doll brought home West Fargo's lone individual title, taking first place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 49.48 seconds. Teammate Adam Smestad was right behind, placing second in 4:52.67. Both earned first-team All State honors.
Doll also finished strong in the 100 yard butterfly, placing third in 55.36 seconds, slightly more than a second ahead of teammate Alan Repak, who placed fifth. The times were good enough for first- and second-team All State honors, respectively.
The Packers also saw a third-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with legs comprised of Smestad, Nick Huseby, Doll and Daniel Hulbert. The team finished in 3:18.58, getting out-touched by second-place Williston by less than three-hundredths of a second.
Hulbert brought home first-team All State honors with his 1:49.07 run in the 200 freestyle, which was good enough for fourth place. The senior also gleaned 13 points for his team with a sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.81, edging teammate Jeffrey Keller by less than a second.
Three Packers cracked the Top 10 during the 100 yard backstroke, which brought nearly 40 points to the team total. Smestad led the trio with his fourth-place finish in 55.12 seconds, a first-team All State time. Huseby was less than half a second back in sixth place, and also qualified first-team All State. Ryder Neva rounded it out with an eight-place finish in 58.86 seconds.
West Fargo's other top finish came in the 200-yard individual medley, in which Huseby touched the wall in 2:06.91 for seventh place.