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Minot High swimming and diving makes a splash at Mandan Pentathlon

MANDAN — Caught between the holidays, the Minot High School swimming and diving Magicians travelled to Mandan Saturday for the Mandan Pentathlon. The meet, which differs from a normal meet, is set up that every swimmer swims 100-yards of each stroke and a 50 freestyle for a combined time. It is also the first meet this season that the divers completed their first dive list.

As a team, the Magicians finished on top with a score of 313, followed by Bismarck Century (275.5), Mandan (161), Bismarck Legacy (74) and Dickinson (33.5).

In the lanes, Minot’s William Walker-Rozo took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a final time of 55.37 seconds. Eight other Magi finished in the top 16 for the butterfly, which included Levi VonBokern (third), Peyton Huss (fifth), Steve Novak (sixth), Griffin Schaeffer (seventh), Zac Spaulding (10th), Jack Wolsky (tied for 11th), Kalen Hill (13th) and Alexander King (14th).

Minot High had eight swimmers finish in the top 16 for the 100 backstroke, led by Dominic Yoder in third with a final time of 57.90. Charles Koebele and Chris Birnbaum of Century took first and second in the event.

Griffin Schaeffer took second in the 100 breaststroke with a final time of 1:03.69. Century’s Jayden Porter took first. Joining Schaeffer in the top 16 were Walker-Rozo (fifth), Jack Wolsky (sixth), Zac Spaulding (seventh), Grant Schaeffer (ninth), Huss (12th), Alexander King (13th) and Seth Ricks (15th).

Eight Magi finished in the top 16 in the 100-yard freestyle, led by Walker-Rozo in third with a final time of 52.01. Birnbaum and Porter of Century took first and second ahead of Walker-Rozo.

Novak led the Magi in the 50 freestyle, taking third with a time of 23.84 behind Birnbaum and Will Dohrmann of Century. Seven other Magi joined Novak in the top 16.

In the diving well, Minot’s Layton King took second with a score of 312.70, while Reece Pederson took fourth with a 260.45. Johnny Minot of Mandan took first with a score of 441.10.

The Magi will be swimming and diving into the New Year in Williston Saturday, Jan. 5. The Williston Invitational will begin at 9 a.m. at Williston Area Rec Center. The Magi will see Dickinson, Jamestown, Bismarck Legacy and Williston.

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