Minot Boys Repeat as North Dakota High School State Champions

2019 North Dakota Boys High School State

  • March 1st-2nd, 2019
  • Bismarck Aquatic Center, ND
  • Short Course Yards, Prelims-Finals
  • Full Results

Packed with a deep roster, defending state champions Minot High School secured their second straight team victory at the 2019 NDHSAA Boys State Championships – even without winning a single event. A total of four state records were broken throughout the duration of the meet.

Top 5 Teams:

  1. Minot – 438
  2. Century – 327
  3. Fargo North – 267
  4. West Fargo – 216
  5. Fargo South –  171

Although Minot took the team title by a sizable margin over second place Century, the Century Patriots won seven out of the eleven events contested.

The first of the Patriots’ wins came from the 200 medley relay – Charles Koebele, Jayden Porter, Riley Kaul and Will Dohrmann combined to take the event in a time of 1:36.52, breaking the six year old state record of 1:36.64.

Following up his teammate’s record-breaking performance, Century junior Chris Birnbaum set a state record of his own in the 200 free, claiming the top spot with a time of 1:42.38. His time lowers Dylan Sether’s 2013 record of 1:42.76 by a couple of tenths.

Birnbaum went on to become a two-time event winner with a 4:48.76 to win the 500 free by over ten seconds.

Senior Jayden Porter helped complete a sweep of the first three events for the Patriots, locking up the 200 IM with a winning time of 1:56.70. Porter also became a double event winner and earned a state record of his own – he won the 100 breast, clocking a 55.68, the first sub-56 in ND state history.

Porter’s time is an impressive drop from his winning time of 59.11 from last year’s state championships, though he swam a 58.78 in the preliminary heats.

The only other two-time event winner was Wahpeton’s Eric Anderson. The sophomore won both the 50 freestyle (21.22) and the 100 freestyle (46.29).

Mandan’s Johnny Mindt capped off his senior year as a state champion and state record holder in the boys’ 1m diving event. He tallied a final score of 526.55, surpassing Brady Coughlin’s 2015 mark of 509.80.

Century’s 400 free relay squad, consisting of Birnbaum, Koebele, Porter and Ryan Johnson, posted a final time of 3:14.11. Though Minot’s relay finished third in the race with a 3:19.47, the team trophy had already been secured.

Other Event Winners:

  • Williston’s Rhys Enget reigned supreme in the 100 fly; the senior recorded a final time of 53.09, narrowly overtaking junior Peyton Fisher of Fargo North’s 53.79.
  • Speaking of Fisher and Fargo North, he alongside teammates Eric Meier, Caden Boutwell, and Payton Gabel emerged victorious in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:28.73.
  • Century junior Charles Koebele – who was apart of two winning relays – picked up a win of his own in the 100 back, touching the wall in a time of 53.06

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