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Tom Mix, Published March 01 2014

Brock sets high-water mark at EDC swim meet

FARGO – Fargo South-Shanley swimming standout Alex Brock turned in a tough act to follow last year at the state meet.

Brock set the state record in the 500-yard freestyle – his signature event. The then-Fargo Shanley junior raced to a time of 4 minutes, 41.4 seconds.

It was Brock’s goal to claim the record during his prep career. Achieving the mark as a junior left his senior year open for an encore.

Saturday, Brock took first in the 500 turning a time of 4:50.08 during the Eastern Dakota Conference swimming and diving meet at Fargo Davies High School.

“It has been a lot easier,” Brock said. “Breaking the record last year took a lot of the pressure off so I was able to enjoy this season more and have fun. Now that I have the record, my goal is to take more time off of it. That would be icing on the cake.”

The state meet starts Friday at the Hyslop Sports Center in Grand Forks.

Brock also set a new pool and EDC record in the 200 freestyle, posting a time of 1:44.50. That mark broke the EDC record of 1:46.06 previously set by former West Fargo standout Vanja Dezelic in 1998.

Improving his times in the 500 and 200 was Brock’s priority.

“This season has been different from years past,” Brock said. “I have given more of a focus on sprinting. It has given me more speed, so I can just get out in the 500 and hold on.”

Along with the 500 and 200, Brock will compete in two relays at the state meet.

Brock said there will be pressure to follow up his record-setting performance, but he is not worried about it impacting his preparation.

As a sophomore, Brock had the fastest seed time in the 500 coming out of preliminaries and later took second in the finals. Last season, he was seeded second entering finals.

“I have been in both spots,” Brock said of being the favorite and challenger. “It is going to be all about staying relaxed and trying to have fun.”

Fargo North won the team championship with 502.5 points.

Spartans senior Steven Rider took first in the 50 freestyle, finishing the event in 22.54. Spartans junior Brady Coughlin scored an 11-dive total of 449.15 – a new pool record – to win the region diving crown. Coughlin is the defending state champion and tallied a 50.40 on his final dive of the day.

Team scores: Fargo North 502.5, West Fargo 436, Fargo South 386.5, Fargo Davies 326, Grand Forks 235.

200 medley relay: 1, FS (Bjellum, Anderson, Hollingsworth, Brock), 1:41.35. 2, WF (Bueling, Hulbert, Keller, Smith), 1:43.90. 3, FN (Obembe, Hassebrock, Ellingson, Gabel), 1:44.03. 4, FD (Duncan, Livingood, Gourde, Reopelle), 1:44.87.

200 freestyle: 1, Brock, FS, 1:44.50. 2, Duncan, FD, 1:49.23. 3, Wenzel, FN, 1:55.23. 4, Montplaisir, WF, 1:53.39. 5, Lingle, FD, 1:53.88. 6, Weisz, GF, 1:57.78. 7, Olson, FS, 1:56.94. 8, Olson, WF, 1:56.52.

200 individual medley: 1, Bjorlie, FN, 2:03.09. 2, Keller, WF, 2:06.80. 3, Hollingsworth, FS, 2:08.18. 4, Anderson, FS, 2:10.57. 5, Smith, WF, 2:11.95. 6, Weisz, WF, 2:11.34. 7, Ellingson, FN, 2:12.42. 8, Isaak, FS, 2:16.05.

50 freestyle: 1, Rider, FN, 22.54. 2, Gourde, FD, 22.75. 3, Butler FD, 23.48. 4, Isaak, FS; Footitt, FN, 23.75. 6, Gabel, FN, 23.88. 7, Nygaard, WF, 24.05. 8, Bergstrom, FS, 24.11.

Diving: 1, Coughlin, FN, 449.15. 2, Holoien, WF, 354.05. 3, McCowan, GF, 304.75. 4, Volk, FN, 301.05. 5, Swenson, FN, 297.05. 6, Bulman, GF, 289.95. 7, Littlejohn, FN, 289.30. 8, Johnson, WF, 286.90.

100 butterfly: 1, Bjorlie, FN, 53.35. 2, Bjellum, FS, 53.77. 3, Hollingsworth, FS, 55.62. 4, White, 56.26. 5, Gourde, FD, 56.80. 6, Keller, WF, 56.69. 7, Ustanko, WF, 1:01.19. 8, Nygaard, WF, 1:01.37.

100 freestyle: 1, Obembe, FN, 50.36. 2, Rider, FN, 50.47. 3, Montplaisir, WF, 51.13. 4, Isaak, FS, 52.57. 5, Livingood, FD, 52.67. 6, Butler, FD, 52.83. 7, Reopelle, FD, 52.86. 8, Todorovic, GF, 53.01.

500 freestyle: 1, Brock, FS, 4:50.08. 2, Wenzel, FN, 5:08.80. 3, Mengelkoch, FN, 5:09.19. 4, Lingle, FD, 5:10.69. 5, Smith, WF, 5:10.69. 6, Olson, WF, 5:12.15. 7, Hulbert, WF, 5:14.82. 8, Weisz, GF, 5:15.21.

200 freestyle relay: 1, FN (Rider, Ellingson, Gabel, Bjorlie), 1:31.64. 2, FS (Bjellum, Isaak, Anderson, Brock), 1:32.02. 3, FD (Livingood, Butler, Zola, Lingle), 1:35.43. 4, WF (Sande, Doyel, Nygaard, Montplaisir), 1:37.73.

100 backstroke: 1, Obembe, FN, 55.96. 2, Duncan, FD, 56.74. 3, Bjellum, FSn, 56.80. 4, Fisher, FN, 1:00.35. 5, Bueling, WF, 1:00.50. 6, Isaak, FS, 1:00.71. 7, Ustanko, WF, 1:00.91. 8, Schleicher, GF, 1:00.95.

100 breaststroke: 1, Anderson, FS, 1:03.34. 2, Ellingson, FN, 1:03.82. 3, Hulbert, WF, 1:04.76. 4, Hassebrock, FN, 1:04.93. 5, Livingood, FD, 1:07.50. 6, Weisz, WF, 1:08.19. 7, Hermann, FD, 1:09.61. 8, Sickels, FS, 1:10.58.

400 freestyle relay: 1, FN (Rider, Obembe, Wenzel, Bjorlie), 3:19.34. 2, WF (Montplaisir, Hulbert, Smith, Keller), 3:22.89. 3, FD, Gourde, Reopelle, Lingle, Duncan), 3:27.18. 4, FS (Hollingsworth, Isaak, Olson, Bergstrom), 3:32.89.

All-EDC team

Fargo Davies: Brett Butler, Jr.

Fargo North: Tanner Bjorlie, Sr.; Brady Coughlin, Jr.; Sanders Ellingson, Sr.; Palmer Obembe, Jr.; Steven Rider, Sr.; Ben Wenzel, Sr.

Fargo South: Beau Anderson, Sr.; Alex Brock, Sr.; Conner Bjellum, So.; Nate Duncan, Sr.; Nate Gourde, Sr.; Andrew Hollingsworth, So.; Victor Isaac, Jr.

West Fargo: Kyle Holoien, Fr; Stephen Hulbert, Jr.; Carson Keller, Jr.; Matt Montplaisir, Jr.

Senior of the year: Tanner Bjorlie, Fargo North

Coach of the year: Dick Fisher, Fargo North


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