A week after Timothy Hulbert swam to a historic finish at the Eastern Dakota Conference boys swimming and diving tournament, where he clinched the 100 breaststroke with an EDC-record time of 1:00.52, he won his first state title in the event.
The West Fargo senior captured the 100 breaststroke in 58.13 seconds at the North Dakota boys state swim and dive tournament on Saturday at the Hulbert Aquatic Center. He led from the start and built on his lead from there, finishing in front of Bismarck Legacy’s Shawn Holweger and Minot’s Jack Wolsky who tied for second place in 1:00.18.
Hulbert capped his senior year finishing a place higher in the event than he did as a junior. First-team all-state swimmer Hulbert also placed third in the 50 free (21.73) for sixth-place West Fargo.
Minot captured its third straight state championship in runaway fashion with 463 points. Bismarck Century was second (248), Fargo North was third (217), Fargo South was fourth (209) and Mandan rounded out the top five with 175. West Fargo recorded a sixth-place finish with 158, and West Fargo Sheyenne followed with 140.
Minot won state titles in just two events, but had depth that nobody else could match.
The Mustangs 200-yard medley relay team of Vaughn Raimo, Zack May, Nick Benson and Tanner Haag grabbed a second-place finish in one minute, 40.75 seconds. West Fargo’s Max Wohl, Kasey Chase, Timothy Hulbert and Riley Hjelden followed with a fourth-place finish in the event (1:41.56).
Raimo, who was named to first-team all-state, swam to third place in the 100 butterfly in 54.11 seconds. The sophomore also punched in a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (54.53).
Sophomore Thomas Doyel of West Fargo received second-team all-state honors.
Fargo South’s Eric Anderson grabbed double gold at the state swim meet. The junior swimmer took home the sixth and seventh first-place medals of his high school career as he won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races.
“It feels good coming back and sending another statement, and telling all the younger kids and trying to encourage them to come take my spot and sit on the podium,” Anderson said. “That’s what it’s all about is getting the state faster and getting the records faster. I’ve never seen the state this fast.”
He won the 100 freestyle in 45.67 seconds, just off the pace of his state-record swim in Friday’s prelims. And his time of 20.56 seconds in the 50 free was just .05 seconds off the state record held by Minot’s Matthew Lowe since 2003.
“People keep coming in and wanting more and more,” Anderson said. “They all want to be the No. 1 person and take that top spot on a team and take that top spot on the relay. And it’s pushing everybody.”
Anderson just missed topping the podium twice more, as the Bruins 200 and 400 relay teams — of which he is a member — finished a combined .53 seconds out of first place.