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Swimmers take first in pentathlon

Packer swimmer Sarah Montplasir swims in the 100 yard butterfly in Saturday’s meet at Berger Pool. Daniel Determan

The West Fargo girls swim team has refused to let its foot off the gas all season, and they continued their strong run on Saturday by besting Fargo Shanley, Wahpeton and Jamestown in the West Fargo Pentathlon with a team score of 363.

In the pentathlon, all swimmers took part in the five events with 13 to 14 heats taking place for each event.

“At first, we looked at it as five events for each swimmer to qualify in, but it really turned into a training opportunity,” head coach Sally Sautner said. “The girls kind of looked like they were swimming through Jell-O by the end, but they did a great job.”

The highest individual score of the day went to Packer Hallie Peterson, who finished second in all five events and earned a score of 85 points.

The Packers had four of the top five individual scores, as Danica Dutt, Mykin Gunning and Emily Bourassa finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

“They are all-around dedicated to this team,” Sautner said. “They have really shown their leadership skills.”

With just a few weeks left in the season, the Packers are reaching “Peak Week,” where they will swim their highest total of yards all season, which should keep them in the best position to succeed come tournament time.

“We are fully capable of doing well, but really have to show what a team looks like and be supportive and keep pushing each other. I am really excited to see what they can do the rest of the season.”

The first-place Packers host the Fargo North Spartans for a Friday dual at 5:30 p.m., then travel to Jamestown on Saturday morning for a 10:30 a.m. invitational.