The Dickinson High School girls' swim team finished Day 1 of state with four athletes being able to advance to the finals and will be competing in two events each on Saturday.
Amongst the pressure of being at state, the Midgets were ready to compete.
“They had some really good time cuts,” head coach Jenna Wolf said. “We got three girls that made it into the A final, that are secured in those top eight spots and...hoping to see some great performances again tomorrow.”
The team also featured a handful of seventh- and eighth-graders in their first time at the state competition.
“It’s definitely a new experience for them...they’ve been to club state meets where there is younger kids there with them, so now when they’re those young swimmers...seeing some of those juniors and seniors swim...it really means a lot because they earned their spots just as much as anyone else,” Wolf said.
The Midgets with strong out times to qualify for finals in the 200 freestyle. Senior Korie Riely placed 10th with a time of 2:01:15, followed by eighth-grader Mara Ellerkamp placing 13th with a time of 2:01:83. Both of the girls qualified for the B final (Top 16) on Saturday. Seventh-grader Kristyn Monger and junior Kara Wanner placed 20th and 21st in the race.
Ellerkamp would also place sixth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:22:13, earning a spot in the A final. Riely placed 10th with a 5:28:55 time, placing her in the 10th spot of the B final. Seventh-graders Kari Pederson and Kristyn Monger placed 17th and 18th respectively, with times of 5:40:55 and 5:40:57, the two will be the first and second alternatives.
In the 50-yard freestyle, junior Hailey Rathgeberger finished 12th with a 25:55 finish, placing in the B final. Eighth-grader Aryana Twist finished 19th with a 25:99 finish, seventh-grader Taylor Miller would later follow with with a 27:40 time.
In the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Charley Rathgeber, Hailey’s younger sister, placed 12th with a 1:01:85 time, placing in the B final. Seventh-grader Averie Wax in 23rd and Reilly Meyer in 28th.
The sisters would then compete against each other in the 100-yard freestyle. The race was very close throughout, but Hailey was able to just narrowly defeat Charlie ending with a 54.76 finish, placing fourth, and Charlie coming in with a 55.58 finish and placing 7th. However, both girls qualified for spots in the A final and will compete against each other once again on Saturday. Junior Kara Wanner and eighth-grader Aryana Twist are the alternates in the 100-yard freestyle after Wanner finish 17th with 57.15 and Twist in 18th with 57.16.
With all the results, coach Fisher is happy with how well the team raced on day one and is looking forward to the final day of racing on Saturday.
“They just got to go in and give it their all, it’ll end up being their last race of the season and they can’t leave anything out of the pool,” she said.