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Photo courtesy of Oscar Charles Photography The Minot Boys swimming and diving team gather on the podium Saturday after winning the 30th North Dakota State Swimming and Diving Championships.

FARGO — The job is done.

That was the feeling in the hearts of the Minot High Swim and Dive team as they hoisted another NDHSAA State Championship trophy above their heads on Saturday. A meet for Minot featured three state records, four first-place finishes and one second-place finish in seven of nine individual events.

The Magi finished with a team score of 421 points, 173 points ahead of second place finisher Fargo Davies at 248. A historic outing for North Dakota’s most dominant team.

Perhaps Minot’s most impressive performance was in his 400m freestyle relay, where Grant Schaeffer, Peyton Bartsch, Jaxon Reinke and Alex King erased the previous state record of 3:13.01 held by Century, setting the new mark at 3:09.31. The group also set a new state record in the 200 freestyle relay, swimming a time of 1:25.34. The previous record was 1:26.65 held by Fargo South. Minot’s 200 QN relay, consisting of Carter Larson, Logan Hill, Ryan Hubbard and Alex Prestwich finished in third place.

In addition to her involvement in the relays, Schaeffer won the 200 freestyle. Grant also won the 100 freestyle and crowned the day as the 2022 senior athlete of the year.

Peyton Bartsch also had a day, competing in each of the freestyle relays, while adding two second places in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Alex King added points to the team total in the 200 and 500 freestyles, placing second in both. Jaxon Reinke and Ryan Hubbard competed in the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly, with Jaxon taking second in the IM followed by Ryan in third and Ryan taking second in the Butterfly followed by Jaxon in third.

Rounding out Minot’s slew of swimmers competing in “A” finals, Oliver Roongin placed second in the 100 breaststroke, Logan Hill who placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley, and Kalen Hill who finished eighth. of the 100 back.

In addition to the “A” Finals, the Magicians had numerous competitors in the “B” Finals, including Levi VonBokern, Matt Boen, Alex Prestwich, Oliver Roongin, Tristen Leys, Carter Larson and Griffin Osborn.

Minot’s dive team saw three guys score points. Ty Ross led the group with a fourth place finish. Not far behind, Cody Kranz added eighth and Aiden Stewart fired fourteenth.

Although the team’s championship victory is more important to him, coach Jake Solper also won his own material. Chosen by his fellow coaches, Solper received the 2022 Coach of the Year award.

When asked about their thoughts on the game and the season, captains Kranz, Hill, Bartsch and Schaeffer all said they saw the team’s hard work pay off. Hill said, “Each of us gave our best and fought for every point.”

At the end of the day, the number 30 championship trophy will remain with the school, but the journey and the memories of their performance will live with the team forever.

Results 2022 – Finals

Boys 200 yard medley relay: 3 Minot – 1:38.52, Boys 200m freestyle: 1 Grant Schaeffer 1:41.93, 2 Alex King 1:47.91, 12 Levi VonBokern 1:53.52, Boys 200 IM: 2 Jaxon Reinke 1:57.52 , 3 Ryan Hubbard 1:59.91, 8 Logan Hill 2:05.37, 11 Matt Boen 2:09.64, Boys 50 Freestyle: 1 Peyton Bartsch 21.68, 12 Alex Prestwich 22.80, Boys 1 mtr Diving: 4 Ty Ross 404.30, 8 Cody Kranz 365.65 , 14 Aiden Stewart 318.30, 100 fly: 2 Ryan Hubbard 52.40, 3 Jaxon Reinke 52.70, 9 Oliver Roongin 55.27, 13 Levi VonBokern 57.77, Boys 100 free: 1 Grant Schaeffer 46.30, 11 Alex Prestwich 49.86, 16 Tristen Leys 51.08: 2 Alex King 4:49.41, 200 Freestyle: 1 Minot 1:25.34, 100 Backstroke: 2 Peyton Bartsch 53.53, 8 Kalen Hill 58.94, 10 Carter Larson 58.55, 100 Breaststroke: 2 Oliver Roongin 1:00.26, 5 Logan Hill 1:02.26, 11 Matt Boen 1:05.02, 13 Griffin Osborn 1:05.32, 400 freestyle relay: 1 Minot 3:09.31.

Ranking by team:

1. Minot 421, 2. Fargo Davies 248, Bismarck 178, 4. West Fargo Sheyenne 173, 5. Fargo South 159, 6. Williston 157, 7. Century 152, 8. Dickinson 140, 9. Legacy 136, 10. West Fargo 135, 11. Fargo North 131, 12. Grand Forks 120, 13. Jamestown 71, 14. Mandan 47.

2022 Men’s National Swimming and Diving Team

First team: Peyton Bartsch, Jaron Coombs, Wyatt Hermanson, Ryan Hubbard, Alex King, Jaxon Reinke, Oliver Roongin, Ty Ross and Grant Schaeffer.

Second team: Logan Hill.



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Brian L. Hartfield