BISMARCK - Following another record-breaking day, the Dickinson High boys swim and dive team placed 13th with an overall score of 62 points at the State Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday, Mar. 2, from the Bismarck Aquatic & Wellness Center.
For the 25th time in school history, Minot captured the state title as the Magicians topped the leaderboard with an overall score of 438. Bismarck Century was second, followed by Fargo North, West Fargo, and Fargo South.
“I think they did really well,” Dickinson head coach McKenzie Steckler said of her swimmers. “The second day is always tough. You give it your all on the first, so to come back on the next day and do it again is really tough. I’m pleased with how they did. … They all had very high spirits and good attitudes, so it was a good meet.”
The Midgets kicked off the day by establishing a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay, as co-captains sophomore Taven Wilson and senior Isaac Ellerkamp, along with freshmen Dawson Wilson and Mason Beck finished eighth in the event with a time of one minute, 46.44 seconds.
Beck earned Dickinson’s best individual finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Topping the charts among swimmers in the ‘B’ Final, the freshman claimed ninth place after clocking in with a time of 22.98, breaking the school record he set just one day earlier. Beck also raced in the ‘B’ Final in the 100 freestyle, taking 14th.
In his final state meet, Ellerkamp swam in a pair of ‘B’ finals, earning 12th in the 100 breaststroke, and 16th in the 200 individual medley.
“(The team) all wanted to do it for him. Every swim that they did, they all wanted to go out with a bang. Same with him, he didn’t want to leave any stone unturned,” Steckler said. “He wanted to leave it all on the line for them. Every time he swam, he was like, ‘This is my last (individual medley), this was my last breaststroke, this was my last medley relay. This is what I’m going to give to them, this is what I’m leaving for the team.’”
Dawson Wilson had a disappointing weekend on the diving board. During preliminaries on Friday, he failed his second dive, eventually missing out on the finals by half of a point. Nonetheless, he was recognized for his tremendous season, earning first-team All-State diving honors.
“It was a bummer to not get to see him compete with all the other divers at state because we knew he was going to do phenomenal,” Steckler said. “That definitely bummed him out, but for him to turn it around and just bring it on in swimming and just show how versatile he was, we were definitely proud of him and his accomplishments this weekend.”