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Ellerkamp comes close to four wins: Senior shines as Midgets fall to Sabers

Isaac Ellerkamp was 0.11 seconds away from his third straight event win. With one pool length left in the 100-yard breaststroke, the Dickinson senior and Bismarck Legacy junior Tucker Glenn were neck-and-neck. The two bobbed in sync until dipping...

Dickinson senior Isaac Ellerkamp competes in the 100-yard breaststroke in a dual against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Dec. 21, at the West River Community Center. Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press
Dickinson senior Isaac Ellerkamp competes in the 100-yard breaststroke in a dual against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Dec. 21, at the West River Community Center. Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press
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Isaac Ellerkamp was 0.11 seconds away from his third straight event win.

With one pool length left in the 100-yard breaststroke, the Dickinson senior and Bismarck Legacy junior Tucker Glenn were neck-and-neck. The two bobbed in sync until dipping below the surface for the final push.

When their heads popped up again and looked towards the clock, they learned Glenn had won with a time of one minute, 10.13 seconds. Ellerkamp had stopped the clock just 0.11 seconds later. Both posted state-qualifying times.

The sole senior on the Dickinson High swim and dive team collected two victories and two second-place finishes as the Midgets lost to the Sabers 102-74 on Friday, Dec. 21, at the West River Community Center.

"Not everyone can win all their races. There's always people that are good that are competing against you," Ellerkamp said. "That's just the thing about swimming. Not everyone is the best at everything."

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Earlier in the meet, Ellerkamp won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:23.17, getting the best of Glenn, who finished second .64 seconds behind. Ellerkamp, along with sophomore Taven Wilson, freshman Dawson Wilson and freshman Mason Beck combined to win the 200-yard medley relay to start the swimming events.

The group stopped the clock at 1:54.45, narrowly defeating the best Bismarck Legacy team which placed second with a time of 1:54.84.

Immediately after his first loss of the night, Ellerkamp lined up behind teammates Beck, Taven Wilson and freshman Trent Irwin to swim the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay.

Wilson destroyed a two body-length deficit and Irwin held steady after diving in with a stroke advantage. Up against Bismarck Legacy anchor Shawn Holweger, Ellerkamp gave his all. Going into the final turn, Holweger regained the lead for his team and in the stretch, Ellerkamp was clearly gassed as Holweger touched the wall first with a time of 3:53.47. Ellerkamp and the Midgets clocked in at 3:57.85.

"It's something you got to be prepared for," Ellerkamp said of the quick turnaround. "Especially, you gotta take time to recompose yourself after a race. It's going to be tiring, but you got to give it your all."

Freshman Dawson Wilson performed similarly. He opened the event with a solo 11-dive performance, which earned him a state-qualifying score of 295.55. After helping the 200 medley relay to victory, he missed out on a win in the 100-yard butterfly by 0.04 seconds, as Sabers sophomore Austin Schlecht won.

In his final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Dawson Wilson, Irwin and freshmen Casey Tuhy and Detric Coleman placed second.

Taven Wilson finished second in both his individual events, the 200-yard freestyle and the 500 freestyle, which he swam in 5:59.48, narrowly meeting his goal of breaking the six-minute mark.

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Midgets eighth-grader Kadin Barth won the second heat of the 50 free with a personal best time of 39.33 seconds.

"Kadin Barth, one of our new swimmers, dropped six seconds in a 50, so that was very exciting to see," Dickinson head coach McKenzie Steckler said. "Along with our other new swimmers, new seventh-graders, they're dropping a great amount of time."

Placing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle was seventh-grader Deniz Kilic, with a time of 31.94, more than four seconds faster than his previous personal best.

Seventh-graders Aiden Rothstein and Hunter Peterson finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Peterson also earned fifth in the 100 backstroke, shaving nearly 20 seconds off his personal record.

"Everyone is dropping an amazing amount of time. I'm very proud of them," Steckler said. "They're doing awesome this season and it's good to see them improving so much and so fast, especially in the beginning of the season like this. I'm really excited to see how the end of the season will come about."

Team scores: 1, Bismarck Legacy 102. 2, Dickinson 74.

50 freestyle: 1, Austin Schlecht, BL, 25.15. 4, Trent Irwin, D, 27.32. 5, Casey Tuhy, D, 28.72. 6, Deniz Kilic, D, 31.24.

100 backstroke: 1, Noah Osborn, BL, 1:06.77. 2, Mason Beck, D, 1:0.02. 4, Connor Devero, D, 1:30.69. 5, Hunter Peterson, D, 1:47.75.

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100 breaststroke: 1, Tucker Glenn, BL, 1:10.13. 2, Isaac Ellerkamp, D, 1:10.24. 3, Jackson Metcalf, D, 1:24.58. 6, Aiden Rothstein, D, 1:54.92.

100 butterfly: 1, Schlecht, BL, 1:05:52. 2, Dawson Wilson, D, 1:05.56. 4, Aiden Healy, D, 1:13.03. 6, Devero, D, 1:31.93.

100 freestyle: 1, Osborn, BL, 56.64. 2, Irwin, D, 1:00.42. 5, Rothstein, D, 1:22.99. 6, Peterson, D, 1:41.47.

200 freestyle: 1, Shawn Holweger, BL, 2:00.22. 2, Taven Wilson, D, 2:07.31. 5, Beck, D, 2:17.82. 6, Detric Coleman, D, 2:25.28.

200 individual medley: 1, Ellerkamp, D, 2:23.17. 2, Glenn, BL, 2:23.81. 4, Healy, D, 2:51.35. 5, Metcalf, D, 3:09.08.

200 medley relay: 1, Dickinson (T. Wilson, Ellerkamp, D. Wilson, Beck), 1:54.45. 2, Bismarck Legacy (Osborn, Glenn, Holweger, Derek Freborg), 1:54.84. 4, Dickinson B (Kilic, Rothstein, Devero, Peterson), 2:44.84.

500 freestyle: 1, Holweger, BL, 5:32.79. 2, T. Wilson, D, 5:59.48. 3, Tuhy, D, 6:16.55. 5, Coleman, D, 7:16.73.

200 freestyle relay: 1, Bismarck Legacy (Schlecht, Glenn, Brandon Harmon, Brandon Seibel), 1:49.21. 2, Dickinson (D. Wilson, Tuhy, Coleman, Irwin), 1:52.81. 3, Dickinson B (Healy, Kilic, Metcalf, Devero), 2:07.19.

400 freestyle relay: 1, Bismarck Legacy (Schlecht, Freborg, Osborn, Holweger), 3:53.47. 2, Dickinson (Beck, T. Wilson, Irwin, Ellerkamp), 3:57.85. 4, Dickinson B (Tuhy, Metcalf, Healy, Coleman), 4:39.58.

1-meter diving: 1, D. Wilson, D, 295.55.

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