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Two Midgets move on to finals at state championships

BISMARCK -- With a school record-breaking time of 23.08 seconds, Dickinson freshman swimmer Mason Beck placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle on the first day of the State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships, on Friday, March 1, at the Bismarck...

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BISMARCK - With a school record-breaking time of 23.08 seconds, Dickinson freshman swimmer Mason Beck placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle on the first day of the State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships, on Friday, March 1, at the Bismarck Aquatic Center.

Although he missed out on an eighth-place finish and a spot in the ‘A’ final by just over half a second, Beck will compete in the ‘B’ final on Saturday.

Also narrowly missing out on a top-8 finish, was senior Isaac Ellerkamp. With a time of one minute, 3.69 seconds, Ellerkamp took ninth in the 100 breaststroke and will swim in the ‘B’ final.

In the 200 individual medley, Ellerkamp set a new school record as he stopped the clock at 2:11.95, good for 12th place a slot in the event’s ‘B’ final.

Sophomore Taven Wilson was about seven seconds away from a chance to swim on Saturday, as he swam the 500-yard freestyle in 5:24.41 to take 19th. However, that time was fast enough to set a new Dickinson team record. Freshman Casey Tuhy took 32nd in the same event with a time of 5:43.93.

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Wilson swam the 200 freestyle in 1:58.29, good for 20th. Meanwhile, freshman Dawson Wilson placed 24th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.53 and finished 21st in the 1-meter dive, accruing a score of 133.45.

Results Friday 50 freestyle: 1, Eric Anderson, Wa, 21.17. 9, Mason Beck, D, 23.08. 100 backstroke: 1, Charles Koebele, BC, 53.01. 100 breaststroke: 1, Jayden Porter, BC, 55.59. 9, Isaac Ellerkamp, D, 1:03.69. 100 butterfly: 1, Rhys Enget, W, 53.01. 24, Dawson Wilson, D, 1:00.53. 100 freestyle: 1, Eric Anderson, Wa, 46.95. 12, Beck, D, 51.65. 200 freestyle: 1, Chris Birnbaum, BC, 1:43.98. 20, Taven Wilson, D, 1:58.29. 200 individual medley: 1, Jayden Porter, BC, 1:58.48. 14, Ellerkamp, D, 2:11.95. 500 freestyle: 1, Birnbaum, BC, 4:42.56. 19, T. Wilson, D, 19, 5:24.41. 32, Casey Tuhy, D, 5:43.93. 1-meter diving: 1, Johnny Mindt, M, 241.8. 21, D. Wilson, D, 133.45.

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