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Alex Smestad of West Fargo swims in the 200-yard freestyle Friday during a meet against Mandan. Smestad finished in first place. Dave Wallis / Forum Communications Co.

NO END IN SIGHT

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Since its season began Dec. 10, the West Fargo boys swimming and diving team has yet to lose a meet.

That not only includes wins in every dual, but also taking first place in every invitational.

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And while six weeks remain until the Eastern Dakota Conference meet Feb. 25, there appears to be little in the way of stopping the Packers' possible run at perfection.

Their most recent victories came last week, when they toppled a West Region opponent in a dual Friday before besting a mixed-bag of competitors at an invitational Saturday.

First, the Packers defeated visiting Mandan 114-72 on Friday. West Fargo placed swimmers in either first or second in every event save diving. In fact, West Fargo relay teams finished 1-2 in the 200 medley relay.

Brothers Adam and Alex Smestad came home the most decorated, scrounging up a combined four individual first-place finishes, as well as swimming legs with the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Ethan Doll also contributed during the winning relays, while Nick Huseby picked up West Fargo's last individual first-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 9.83 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.

On Saturday, the Packers racked up 629 points - nearly double the next-closest finisher - to take first place at the University of North Dakota Invitational in Grand Forks. Once again, West Fargo managed to have top placers in every event.

Mandan finished runner-up with 360 points, while Bismarck, Grand Forks and Williston rounded out the field.

As they had done the day before, the Smestad brothers proved they were a dynamic duo.

Alex Smestad finished first in the 50 free with a time of 22.77 seconds, a half second faster than the runner up from Williston. The sophomore also swam legs with the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relays, which finished second and third, respectively.

Elder Adam Smestad swam alongside his brother in the 200 free relay, along with Cole Holoien and Alan Repak. Adam Smestad also took first place in the 100 free with a time of 51.72 seconds, beating out runner-up Holoien by a little more than a 10th of a second.

Doll soundly took the top spot in the 500 free. The junior finished in 5:05.7; more than 10 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

West Fargo's final top finish came from Huseby, who swam the 100 backstroke in 57.69 seconds. Teammate Quentin Hogue finished in 1:01.46 for third place.

The Packers get a reprieve from competition this week, as their next event does not take place until the Jamestown Invitational on Jan. 27.

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