The North Platte High School swim and dive teams finished with six individual champions at the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference meet Friday and Saturday at the Hastings YMCA.

The boys team earned four golds and the girls grabbed two top spots.

Bulldog divers Jonathan Brouillette and Riley Smith started the two-day tournament off right with wins in their 11-dive event.

Brouillette’s 451.9 points earned him the prize, outscoring runner-up Blake Turpen of Hastings who finished with 388.55.

On the girls’ side, Smith scored 363.55 to finish ahead of Cheyanne Axtell of Hastings with 313.25.

Bulldog assistant coach Jannean Kinder said the North Platte girls dominated the diving event.

“Along with Riley, all three of our other entries medaled,” she said.

Brouillette said he was happy with his success.

“I think I did pretty well because earlier at Scottsbluff they were scoring really high and here it was pretty much average scores but I was still able to get my personal best,” he said.

On Saturday, Luke Entz earned two golds for the boys’ team with victories in the 50- and 100-yard free style. Montana Heffernan added one more with his victory in the 100-yard backstroke.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Molly Fitzpatrick swam to victory in the 100-yard backstroke.

Medals were awarded for the top six places in each event.

Overall the Bulldog girls brought home 15 medals and the boys won 13.

The boys placed second in team standings while the girls finished in third place.

Head coach Brian Jahnke said his team improved.

“They cut a lot of time. We have been doing some workouts that have really made a difference for the kids,” he said. “It was exciting and now we have to get ready for the state meet.”

The state swimming meet is Feb. 15-16 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.

“There will be a lot of really good competition there,” Jahnke said. “We are about in the middle of everything, probably ranked around 18-20 in our events. The top 16 get to swim on Saturday. So that is our goal –to be in that top 16.”


Bulldog medalists


1-meter diving: 1, Smith, 3, Emily Hendren, 4, Natalie Miller and 6, Presley Bonynge.

200-yard medley relay: 4, Fitzpatrick, Morgan Girard, Izzy Eisenrich and Regan Gifford.

200-yard free style: 4, Hunter Rathjen.

200-yard individual medley: 3, Girard.

50-yard free style: 4, Eisenrich.

100-yard fly: 3, Girard.

100-yard free style: 3, Eisenrich, 6, Kelsey Salazar.

200-yard free style relay: 3, Fitzpatrick, Meleah Friedrich, Rathjen and Gifford.

100-yard backstroke: 1, Fitzpatrick.

100-yard breaststroke: 6, Friedrich.

400-yard freestyle relay: 2, Eisenrich, Girard, Gifford and Fitzpatrick.



1-meter diving: 1, Brouillette.

200-yard medley relay: 2, Hefferman, Chase Leibhart, Nathan Dowhower and Entz.

200-yard free style: 4, Nathan Ostrander.

200-yard individual medley: 2, Hefferman.

50-yard freestyle: 1, Entz.

100-yard fly: 3, Leibhart, 4, Ethan Mercer.

100-yard free style: 1, Entz, 5, Hunter Barnette.

200-yard free style relay: 2, Dowhower, Hefferman, Leibhart and Entz.

100-yard backstroke: 1, Hefferman, 5, Ostrander.

400-yard free style relay: 4, Mercer, Carter Lukas, Barnette and Ostrander.


Team results


1. Columbus, 324

2. Hastings, 262

3. North Platte, 239

4. Scottsbluff-Gering, 190

5. McCook, 157


1. Hastings, 349

2. North Platte, 271

3. Columbus, 243

4. Scottsbluff-Gering, 153

5. McCook 135.