By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
BISMARCK – The NDHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving Team State Championship Trophy is headed back to the West.
After having its string of seven-consecutive NDHSAA girls swimming and diving team state championships broken last fall, Bismarck Century returned to the top spot in the team ranks of the sport.
Bismarck Century scored 363.5 points to win its 12th team state title in program history.
Leading the way for the Patriots was senior Lauryn Caster, who won 100 Yard Freestyle Individual state title swimming to a time of 52.74 seconds.
Century also won two of the three relay events. Kylie Duchsherer, Madyson Tivis, Abigail Jablonsky, and Aubrey Caster combined to win the 200 Yard Medley Relay state title. Lauryn Caster, Abigail Jablonsky, Ava Erickson, and Madyson Tivis combined to win the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay.
Fargo Shanley junior Brooklyn Hanson won two individual state titles racing to wins in the 200- and 500-Yard Freestyle.
Minot High junior Haley Conklin won the individual diving state championship with a score of 482.35, which set a new state meet record. The Previous state record was held by Madison Hischer of Fargo Davies (479.95, 2020).
Fargo North junior Addison Cerney won individual state titles in the 100 Yard Butterfly and 100 Yard Backstroke. Cerney is now a three-time individual state champion after winning the 100-Yard Backstroke in 2022.
Minot High finished runner up in the team point race with 271.
2023 NDHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Meet (Individual & Relay State Champions):
200 Yard Medley Relay State Champions: Bismarck Century (Kylie Duchsherer, Madyson Tivis, Abigail Jablonsky, Aubrey Caster), 1:49.82
200 Yard Freestyle Individual State Champion: Brooklyn Hanson, Fargo Shanley, 1:53.41
200 Yard Individual Medley Individual State Champion: Lauren McDonagh, West Fargo Sheyenne, 2:10.49
50 Yard Freestyle Individual State Champion: (TIE) Helen Wu (Fargo Davies) & Abby Erickson (Bismarck Legacy), 24.57
Diving State Champion: Haley Conklin, Minot High, 482.35 * New State Record *
100 Yard Butterfly Individual State Champion: Addison Cerney, Fargo North, 57.78
100 Yard Freestyle Individual State Champion: Lauryn Caster, Bismarck Century, 52.74
500 Yard Freestyle Individual State Champion: Brooklyn Hanson, Fargo Shanley, 5:13.58
200 Yard Freestyle Relay State Champions: Bismarck Century (Lauryn Caster, Abigail Jablonsky, Ava Erickson, Madyson Tivis), 1:38.91
100 Yard Backstroke Individual State Champion: Addison Cerney, Fargo North, 57.59
100 Yard Breaststroke Individual State Champion: Alexa Heckaman, Fargo Shanley, 1:04.80
400 Yard Freestyle Relay State Champions: West Fargo Sheyenne (Myah Lund, Brooklyn Keney, Evie Sevald, Lauren McDonagh), 3:37.17
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