Century's powerhouse swimming team appears to be in midseason form. That is not great news for everybody else.
The two-time defending state champions racked up 521.5 points on Saturday inside the Mandan Aquatics Center for top honors in an eight-team invite, hosted by the Braves.
"The kids always give a really good effort. That doesn't always mean we're going to have our best times, but we're really happy with how they did today," said Century coach Kathy Aspaas.
Briana Rittenbach and Carly Palmer turned in banner swims for the Patriots. Aspaas is particularly happy to see strong results for Palmer, who struggled through a nagging knee injury last season.
"Carly deserves a lot of credit for not giving up and keeping everything in perspective," Aspaas said. "Healing from that injury did not go as quickly as she would have hoped for. But it's great to see her as a happy and healthy swimmer."
Palmer edged Williston's Demi Peterson for a win in the 100 butterly, 1:02.46 to 1:02.95. Palmer was also second in the 200 free (1:57.8).
Palmer, Rittenbach, Olyvia Bender and Lexi Duchsherer made up Century's stacked 200 medley relay team, which won in 1:43.32.
Rittenbach also added a victory in the 50 free (25.15) to her ledger. Duchsherer (25.3) touched second. Showing her versatility, Rittenbach was also second in the 500 (5:21.87).
Duchsherer, McKenna Matt, Palmer and Rittenbach joined forces to win the 400 free relay (3:43.44) as well.
"We have a lot of depth on our team and that creates a certain amount of inner-team competition, which I think is really good for us and it allows us to experiment in some different events," Aspaas said. "I think we're getting to the point in the season now where we have to begin to settle on what events we're going to swim at state so that we have enough time to prepare, but we also still want to be able to do some different things and have fun at big invites and duals."
Minot had a good day, totaling 436 points. Olivia Schoffstall's total of 330.7 took top honors on the diving board. Mandan's Olivia Lacher (320.7) was second.
Elsewhere, eighth-grader Olivia Duchsherer of Legacy sprinted to a winning time of 57.55 in the 100 free.