The swimming programs for Century, Legacy, Bismarck and Mandan are preparing for their last time to qualify swimmers for state at the WDA Regionals.
The Patriots are back-to-back defending state champions.
Century hasn't lost in North Dakota this year. The Patriots steamrolled through the regular season and Kenzie Gullickson says their success starts outside of the pool.
"Well we are all friends," Kenzie Gullickson said. "So it's super easy to get along with everyone and work as a team and encourage each other to do good on the dives or swimming."
Legacy is having their best year as a varsity team.
The third-year program has 25 swimmers this season, none of them are seniors.
Legacy has eight girls that have qualified for state and with such a young team that's extra time in the pool.
"I think it would be great," head coach Tom Wheeling said. "Our junior captain has done a great job leading our team. We have a very large sophomore class. So we've went through the growing pains."
Like Legacy, Bismarck High is a young team. The Demons only have one senior on the squad.
Bismarck wants to push as many girls through to state so they have the extra practice time.
The Demon's wins-loss record doesn't reflect how hard they have worked, but this late in the season coach Thomas Stromme is preaching one thing.
"We're really pushing the attention to detail this time of season," Bismarck Swimming and Diving Co-head coach Thomas Stromme said. "Getting the girls to realize that the hard work is done and now the technique they display is going to help them get their season best."
Their dual record is 0-4-1. The tie came on September 25 at Legacy.
The Mandan Braves are little more experienced.
Mandan is looking to build off their best outing of the season, where the Braves finished fourth at the Dickinson Invite.
The biggest bright spot for Mandan is Josie Jackson, the seventh grader has already qualified for state in the 100-yard butterfly, but even for the seasoned girls sometimes the pressure to qualify for state can be overwhelming.
"Sometimes it can," Mandan swimmer Olivia Lacher said, "depending on whether or not you have qualified for state yet. It can make you nervous because it's like your last chance that you can try and prove yourself to be worthy enough for state."
Their dual record finished at 6-6 this season.
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