Dickinson edges out Williston
Lone Dickinson senior Korie Riely was a member of the Dickinson swim team as a seventh grader when the Midgets were a part of a co-op with Williston, but on Saturday she went up against old teammates as Dickinson battled Williston in a dual.
“Honestly I don’t even feel like I am competing against them..,” Riely said. “I have made so many friends through swimming. Doing this entire journey with them made it even more fun even though we are on different teams.”
The Midgets knew it would be a close, but they were able to come out on top by a score of 99 to 87.
One of the main reasons Dickinson was able to walk away with the victory was there relays.
Both of the Midgets 200 freestyle relays were able to beat Williston’s A and B team relay as they won by only .2 seconds.
“That was a huge swing for us that helped push us through to the end of the meet to stay on top,” Dickinson head coach Jenna Wolf said.
In the 400 freestyle, Dickinson and Williston were essentially tied heading into the final leg, and Charley Rathberger pulled away at the very end to beat her opponent by 1.50 seconds.
“The whole crowd was on their feet cheering their teams in,” said Wolf. “We knew it was coming down to this last relay to seal the win, if it would have turned out the other way, Williston would have won or ended up in a tie.
In individual races, Rathberger came away with a personal record and event win in the 200 freestyle. Her time was a 2:08.7. She also excelled in the 100 breaststroke with a third place finish.
In the 100 freestyle, the winner came down to less than a second. Riely outreached her competitors by a fingertip to win with a time of 58.27. Her time qualified her for state, and she also qualified with another PR and second place finish in the 50 free.
“I want to finish strong. I want to swim in college,” she said. “Swimming has become a part of me. I have been doing it for 12 years. It is not something I just do, it is a part of me.”
Jaydin Decker paced Dickinson in the six 1 meter diving event, but she also performed well in several swim events as she finished third in the 100 backstroke.
“She just missed the state qualifying time in the 100 backstroke, but she has really been focusing on her main event this season, diving,” said Wolf. “To see her still be that close to a state qualifying time for not practicing much swimming is something to be proud of. You don't see a lot of divers who also qualify in a swim event.”
Wolf believes that dual wins help keep the spirit of her team high. The wins show them that the work they are putting in is paying off with results.
Dickinson is back in action this weekend as they travel to Jamestown for a dual on Friday, and they participate in an invitational in Jamestown on Saturday.