By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
WEST FARGO – It had been 10 years since a girls swimming and diving team from the East won an NDHSAA team state championship.
The drought ended Saturday, November 11 when West Fargo Sheyenne won the 2022 NDHSAA girls swimming and diving team state championship at the Hulbert Aquatic Center.
The Mustangs tallied 340 points and in the process won the program’s first ever team state championship. The previous team from the East to win a NDHSAA girls swimming and diving team state championship was Fargo North in 2012.
Sheyenne took first in the 200 Yard Medley Relay and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Both relays featured the quartet of Brooklyn Keney, Lauren McDonagh, Tierney Howell, and Madee Shea.
Howell, a University of Houston commit, also won individual state titles in the 50 Yard freestyle (23.80 seconds) and 100 Yard Butterfly (56.39 seconds). Howell ends her prep career with three individual state championships and two relay state titles. She’ll also graduate as the state record holder in the 100 Yard Butterfly (set during her sophomore year at the 2020 state meet).
A full recap of the state meet including full results and state champions is listed below:
Individual state champions:
200 Yard Medley Relay: West Fargo Sheyenne (Brooklyn Keney, Lauren McDonagh, Tierney Howell, Madee Shea), 1:47.93
200 Yard Freestyle: Lauryn Caster, Bismarck Century, 1:55.69
200 Yard Individual Medley: Ava Williamson, Minot High, 2:10.94
50 Yard Freestyle: Tierney Howell, West Fargo Sheyenne, 23.80
Diving: Ella Kesler, Minot High, 457.40
100 Yard Butterfly: Tierney Howell, West Fargo Sheyenne, 56.39
100 Yard Freestyle: Lauryn Caster, Bismarck Century, 53.08
500 Yard Freestyle: Sam VonBokern, Minot High, 5:13.26
200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Bismarck Century (Lauryn Caster, Abby Jablonsky, Ava Erickson, Mady Tivis), 1:40.61
100 Yard Backstroke: Addison Cerney, Fargo North, 58.03
100 Yard Breaststroke: Tara Hendrickson, Fargo Davies, 1:05.77
400 Yard Freestyle Relay: West Fargo Sheyenne (Madee Shea, Brooklyn Keney, Lauren McDonagh, Tierney Howell), 3:33.33