Swimming and Diving Majettes claim first home win over Legacy

Ashton Gerard/MDN Majettes' freshman Elise Altinger swims the fly portion of her 200-yard individual medley race Thursday during a high school swim meet at Minot's Magic City Campus.

Building depth in the swimming and diving program is something the Minot High School girls team has been working toward. With a convincing 136-49 win over Bismarck Legacy Thursday at Magic City Campus, the team is seeing the results.

“I think we’re pretty pleased with where we’re sitting and we’re seeing some good things come out of the kids,” Minot High head coach Emily Jensen said. “Today we swam some of our off events… We’re trying to build up that depth on our team.”

The Majettes started the meet strong with a first and second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Sophomore Iris Jessen led the charge in backstroke, taking the lead for the Minot ‘B’ relay.

Senior Riley Webb pulled ahead in breaststroke to take the lead for the Minot ‘A’ relay. Emily Brugman at butterfly and Hannah Zaderaka at freestyle finished off the ‘A’ relay with a total time of one minute 58.18 seconds.

Minot’s ‘B’ relay finished in second with a total time of 2:06.48, followed by Legacy’s ‘A’ relay with 2:11.89.

Senior Zaderaka took first in both of her individual events. She finished with a 2:06.61 in the 200-yard freestyle and a 56.74 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Webb also took first in both of her individual events. In the 200-yard IM, she finished with a 2:16.43 followed by freshman Elise Altringer in second with a 2:30.41. Webb finished with a 1:04.22 in backstroke followed by freshman Payton Luzardo at 1:09.43.

Freshman Brugman took freestyle by storm, dominating the 50 and 500-yard events. Brugman out-touched Legacy’s Regan Minh to win by .10 of a second during the 50-yard freestyle with a final time of 26.56. Brugman took the 500-yard freestyle victory with a time of 5:37.52. She was followed by Altringer in second and Allie Elliott in third.

“Iris Jessen did a fabulous job today,” Jensen said. “She has really gotten a lot stronger and is kind of understanding her body a little bit more in the water. She’s really coming into her own.”

Jessen took first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:06.05. Jessen also competed in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing third with a 27.05.

At breaststroke, the Majettes had two swimmers that were neck-and-neck to claim the first and second places. Senior Becca Boen started the 100-yard race in the lead, but sophomore Brynn Neumann was right by her side the entire time, out-touching her at the finish with a time of 1:26.18. Boen finished with a 1:26.69.

The Majettes divers continue to show improvement and are out to make a lasting impression on the team this season.

“It’s always nice to have a home meet,” Majettes diving coach Bard McPeak said. “They’re comfortable on their own boards so they all improved quite a bit from the last meet.”

Seniors Adisynn Widdel and Olivia Schoffstall took first and second with scores of 246.35 and 224.05. Legacy’s only diver Paige Davis took third with 212.60.

McPeak was impressed by first-time senior diver Allison Lepp.

“She decided to come out for diving just as something fun to do, her main sport is soccer so she’s got strong legs,” McPeak said. “From last meet to this meet, there’s just a boat load of improvement from her.”

With their first home meet in the books, the Majettes look forward to their next meet on Sept. 8 in Bismarck. The meet begins at 10 a.m. at the Bismarck State College Aquatic & Wellness Center.