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Riely, Ashworth, and Wanner open season with strong showings

WILLISTON — The Dickinson High girls swimming and diving team earned a total of 259 points as it placed fourth overall in the season-opening Williston Invitational on Saturday, August 25 from the Williston Area Rec Center.

“Our roster for the meet was down to 14 athletes from the 20 on our roster due to not having enough practices yet,” DHS head coach Jenna Wolf said. “We could tell we were not as deep as we should be due to their absences in the pool, but they were still there cheering the rest of the team on, we have great team unity.”

Midgets junior Korie Riely collected the team’s best individual mark, taking third place in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 9.71 seconds. She also placed sixth in the 500 freestyle.

Dickinson sophomores Jaydin Decker, Kara Wanner and senior Brianna Ashworth each earned a pair of the top-10 finishes. Decker finished fifth in the 1-meter dive and sixth in the 100-meter backstroke. Wanner took ninth in the 50 and 100 freestyle while Ashworth captured sixth place in the 100-meter backstroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley.

Riely, Ashworth and Wanner each completed their individual events with state qualifying times.

The trio, teamed with seventh-grader Mara Ellerkamp, raced in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay, finishing sixth and fourth respectively.

Victorious in nine of the 12 events, Bismarck Century won the meet with 644 points, followed by Minot with 588 points.

Decker, who just missed a state-qualifying time in the 100 backstroke, along with 2017 state-qualifiers senior Sydne Beld and freshman Savanna Baranko will have their next opportunity to make the mark in two weeks as the Midgets travel to Bismarck for their next meet on Sept. 7.  

Williston InvitationalResults SaturdayTeam scores: 1, Bismarck Century, 644. 2, Minot, 588. 3, Williston, 335. 4, Dickinson, 259. 5, Bismarck Legacy, 253. 6, Bismarck 163.50 freestyle: 1, Lexi Duchsherer, BC, 23.95. 9, Kara Wanner, D, 27.21. 34, Reilly Meyer, D, 29.96. 37, Hillary Moberg, D, 30.37. 53, Eve Popova, D, 36.33.100 backstroke: 1, Sarah Dorrheim, BC, 1:02.41. 6, Jaydin Decker, D, 1:10.41. 15, Aryana Twist, D, 1:14.48. 100 breaststroke: 1, Carly E. Palmer, BC, 1:07.07. 6, Brianna Ashworth, D, 1:13.39. 16, Ericka Williams, D, 1:23.01.
100 butterfly: 1, Demi Peterson, W, 59.53. 13. Meyer, D, 1:15.59.
100 freestyle: 1, Briana Rittenbach, BC, 53.82. 9, Wanner, D, 1:00.24. 21, Sydne Beld, D, 1:06.76. 29, Moberg, D, 1:10.71. 43, Popova, 1:28.87. 200 freestyle: 1, Rittenbach, BC, 1:58.65. 3, Korie Riely, D, 2:09.71. 12, Mara Ellerkamp, D, 2:16.36. 16, Beld, 2:23.16.200 individual medley: 1, Palmer, BC, 2:16.79. 8, Ashworth, D, 2:27.79. 13, Williams, D, 2:39.59. 17, Twist, D, 2:48.52.200 medley relay: 1, Bismarck Century “A” (Dorrheim, Palmer, Olyvia Bender, Duchsherer), 1:53.04. 10, Dickinson “A” (Decker, Williams, Meyer, Twist), 2:08.98. 19, Dickinson “B” (Beld, Gracie Morel, Moberg, Popova), 2:32.08.500 freestyle: 1, Izzy Koebele, BC, 5:28.71. 6, Riely, D, 5:53.24. 14, Ellerkamp, D, 6:08.68.200 freestyle relay: 1, Bismarck Century “A” (Rittenbach, Dorrheim, Palmer, Duchsherer), 1:38.14. 6, Dickinson “A” (Ashworth, Wanner, Ellerkamp, Riely), 1:52.01. 9, Dickinson “B” (Twist, Decker, Meyer, Williams), 1:58.86. 400 freestyle relay: 1, Minot “A” (Hannah Zaderaka, Emily Brugman, Jordn Wolsky, Rylie Webb), 3:49.30. 4, Dickinson “A” (Riely, Ellerkamp, Wanner, Ashworth), 4:07.39. 16, Dickinson “B” (Moberg, Popova, Morel, Beld), 5:10.09.

1-meter diving: 1, Adisynn Widdel, M, 210.45. 5, Decker, D, 174.60. 9, Teghan Hoff, 139.40. 14, Morel, 126.75. 19, Kayla Paluck, D, 106.45.

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers ( in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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