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Lou Babiarz / Bismarck Tribune, Published March 02 2013

South's Brock sets record at ND state swimming and diving meet

BISMARCK – Fargo South’s Alex Brock said he didn’t leave anything extra in the tank during Friday’s preliminaries at the North Dakota boys state swimming meet, but he sure found another gear Saturday.

In the finals, the Bruins junior lopped nearly 11 seconds off his qualifying time, setting a new state record in the 500 freestyle. Brock clocked in at 4 minutes, 41.36 seconds, eclipsing the old mark of 4:41.87 set by South’s Andy Wolf in 2006.

“(Friday) I went out hard and just didn’t have enough, but today I had enough for the state record,” Brock said. “It was going out hard enough, but not so hard that I wasn’t able to hold the pace the whole time.”

Brock was seeded second after the prelims, but won comfortably while crushing his previous best time of 4:50.35.

“I’d been thinking I had a shot, but after (Friday’s) prelims, I was a little bit worried,” he said.

Brock’s win was one of the highlights of a meet dominated by Bismarck Century. The Patriots won six of 12 events while rolling up 448.5 points. Minot was second in 379.5.

Dylan Sether was the ringleader for the Patriots, who won their first championship ever. Sether won two individual events – the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly – and swam on two victorious relays, the 200 medley and 400 free.

Sether, who had state records in both individual events during prelims, helped the Patriots set a new standard in the medley relay. He was also named the senior athlete of the year.

“It’s about as good as you could go out in swimming,” Sether said.

Nate Duncan became the first Fargo Davies boy to win a swimming championship, edging Bismarck’s Austin Schmidt in the 100 backstroke. Duncan trailed at the 50-yard mark, but surged ahead to win in 54.76.

“After the first 50, I saw him on my peripheral. I just blasted it. I didn’t want to lose. I wanted it so bad,” Duncan said. “I had no clue I won. After the last turn, it was like I had blinders on.

“It’s overwhelming. I can’t even fathom what I’m going through right now. I worked so hard this season, and it paid off. I can’t even believe it.”

The other local champion was Brady Coughlin of Fargo North, who won the diving. Coughlin, a sophomore, posted a score of 448.10.

“I really feel like my forward 2½ pike was one of my strong dives, and my forward full twister,” he said.

Coughlin became the first North diver to win since Joseph Parrish in 1999-2000.

North placed third as a team with 252 points. Davies was fourth with 185, West Fargo fifth at 173 and South seventh at 145.