Ty's Take: Girls swimming and diving EDC meet this weekend
The final regular-season meet of West Fargo's girls swimming and diving team was Saturday, and if the results are any indication of things to come, the postseason could come down to a photo finish.
Fargo North edged the Packers 96-90 in a dual that witnessed the two top teams in the Eastern Dakota Conference meeting head-to-head.
Coincidentally, the next step is the East Region meet, which takes place Saturday at Fargo Davies High School. Diving competition kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the regular meet starting at 12:30 p.m.
Last weekend's results between the Spartans and Packers should raise eyebrows, especially considering the latter school is shooting for its fourth conference title in as many years. Last season, it was West Fargo who took the title by beating North by an 18-point margin.
And even though a six-point win to end the year doesn't mean the teams' fates are sealed, it does present a high level of intensity moving forward.
For the Packers to take yet another EDC title, they will be relying on their whole team to pick up as many points as possible. In close matchups like what is sure to come Saturday, every point is critical.
That said, top producers all season will need to be at the top of their game.
Danica Dutt will be one of those swimmers. The sophomore is shooting for a fourth-straight All-Conference honor. Last year, she took titles in the 100 butterfly, and swam a leg with West Fargo's first-place 400 freestyle relay team.
Against North on Saturday, Dutt took first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.59 seconds, and also placed first in the 100 butterfly in 56.72 seconds. She was more than 2.5 seconds faster than her title-winning time at last year's EDC meet.
Another swimmer to look to is Hallie Peterson. Although only an eighth-grader, she already has experience with postseason pressure. Last year, Peterson swam in multiple events, placing fifth in the 100 fly and sixth in the 200 free.
At the North Dual, Peterson took first in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, and swam a leg with the winning 400-free relay team, alongside Alyssa Olson, Rachel Kranda and Dutt.
Kranda picked up West Fargo's other first-place finish Saturday, finishing the 500 free in 5:32.16 to edge runner-up Olson by 0.12 seconds