Owen Raml, Sophia Huber lead Riptide at state long-course swim meet.

Dakota Riptide finished fourth as a team


BROOKINGS -- A litany of Dakota Riptide swim team members scored top-3 podium finishes at the South Dakota swimming long course state championships, held July 23-25 at Hillcrest Aquatics Center.

The Riptide finished fourth in the team rankings with an overall point total of 2,222, behind Sioux Falls (6,186), Watertown (4,165) and Aberdeen (2,653). The girls team finished fourth with a score of 879.5, while the boys team finished fourth with a score 1,296.5.

The championship effort was led by Owen Raml, who competed in the 11-12 boys age group and was victorious seven times. That included the 100 freestyle (1:02.94), the 200 freestyle (2:19.99), the 50 butterfly (31.54), the 50 freestyle (29.33), the 200 medley (2:40.74), the 400 freestyle (4:52.86) and the 100 butterfly (1:10.06).

Riptide’s Owen Schelske won the 50-meter backstroke (36.06) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:17.32) in the boys 11-12 age group. Schelske placed second in the 200 freestyle (2:25.51), third in the 100 freestyle (1:07.31) and third in the 50 freestyle (31.64).

In the boys 13-14 age group, Brock Russell won the 800 freestyle (9:38.70) and 400 medley (5:09.64) and took second in five other events. They included the 100 breaststroke (1:13.88), 200 breaststroke (2:43.11), 200 freestyle (2:11.42), 200 medley (2:27.30), and 400 freestyle in a time of 4:41.60.


Colby Harrell won the 50-meter freestyle for the boys ages 15-16, winning in a time of 26.92 seconds. Harrell also took third in the 100 freestyle (59.98 seconds).

Kip Wede was victorious in the age 9-10 50-meter breaststroke, winning in 46.55 seconds, as well as the 100-meter breaststroke (1:41.88). He took second in the 200 medley (3:28.31).

In the boys 13-14 200 butterfly, Christian Stange took first place (2:33.95), Stange was also third in the 100 freestyle (1:02.34).

In the boys 11-12 age group, Ethan Plamp was second in the 50-meter breaststroke (40.27 seconds), second in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:29.36), second in the 200 medley (2:48.67), and third in the 100 butterfly (1:18.65).

Kane Grajkowske finished second in the boys 13-14 100-meter freestyle (1:07.12). while finishing third in the 200 butterfly (2:38.38). Keatyn Wede finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke (3:05.97).

In the 200 medley relay for the boys 11-12 age group, Owen Schelske, Ethan Plamp, Owen Raml and Colin Pickett combined to win in a time of 2:24.21. The foursome also triumphed in the 200 freestyle relay in 2:07.02.

The foursome of Christian Stange, Kane Grajkowske, Ethan Hofer and Brock Russell also frequented the top of the podium, winning three times. They won the boys age 13-14 200 freestyle relay (1:56.62) and the 400 freestyle relay (4:12.95). Stange, Russell, Grajkowske and Hofer also won the 4x100 medley in 4:40.19.

Huber leads Riptide girls with four titles

For the Dakota Riptide girls competitors, Sophia Huber won the 100 breaststroke for the age 13-14 girls (1:19.69), the 200-meter breaststroke (2:53.69), the 50-meter freestyle (29.83) and the 400 medley (5:34.60). She was second in the 100 freestyle (1:03.93), second in the 200 freestyle (2:20.25), and third in the 200 medley (2:37.00).


Abigail Warmbrand finished third in the age 13-15 girls 200 butterfly (2:59.41) and the 13-14 girls 100 butterfly (1:13.94). Lauren Anderson tied for third place in the age 15-16 girls 100 backstroke in 1:11.96.

The girls 4x100 team in the 13-14 age group — Natalie Schelske, Cora Hofer, Addy Moody and Sophia Huber — finished third in a time of 4:47.35. In the age group’s girls 4x100 medley relay, Schelske, Huber, Abigail Warmbrand and Cora Hofer finished third in a time of 5:11.69. Warmbrand, Aspen White, Sophia Huber and Cora Hofer finished third in the girls 13-14 200 medley relay (2:25.82). Hofer, Kambyl Wede, Schelske and Huber finished third in the girls 13-14 200 freestyle relay (2:08.70).

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