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N.D. state boys swimming and diving meet: GF's Loegering takes title

MANDAN, N.D. -- Isaac Loegering captured the 50-meter freestyle at the North Dakota state swim meet Saturday. Loegering's winning time was 22.14 seconds. He came into the finals with the top time in the preliminaries as well. On Friday, Loegering...

MANDAN, N.D. -- Isaac Loegering captured the 50-meter freestyle at the North Dakota state swim meet Saturday.

Loegering's winning time was 22.14 seconds. He came into the finals with the top time in the preliminaries as well. On Friday, Loegering's prelim time was 22.44 seconds.

The Grand Forks swimmer also placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 49.33 seconds.

Minot won the meet with 377 points. Grand Forks finished last with 117 points.

"We had an excellent state meet," Grand Forks coach Brent Newman said. "All of our hard work over the past season paid off. We couldn't be more proud of the guys.

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"We had more time drops today and we had several guys move up from their seeded places."

Another Grand Forks swimmer also cracked the top eight.

Beau Simon finished fourth in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:07.69. He also finished ninth in the 200 freestyle.

Loegering was named to the all-state first team, while Simon is on the second team.

The KnightRiders finished last, but there are no seniors on the team.

"We have finished another very hard season of training and competition," Newman said. "These guys are all physically and mentally stronger individuals for making it through the season. We are constantly talking to these guys about taking care of their job before we worry about anything else.

"We finished last, but as a team I'm confident that we had the greatest percentage of individual time drop when compared to other teams. I'm looking forward to the coming years. We have a young team, graduate no seniors, and had a great group of new guys come out this season. We had a lot of individual success that we are extremely proud of."

One state record fell during the meet.

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Jake Weible of West Fargo won the 100 backstroke in 53.02 seconds. Former Grand Forks standout Matt Bonzer held the old record in the event (53.15), which he set in 2003.

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