Majettes swim & dive defeats Williston in first home meet of season

Jimmy Lafakis/MDN Minot senior Gabbie Bellew swims the 100-yard backstroke against the Williston Coyotes at the Magic City Campus.

The Minot High School swimming and diving rookies sang the national anthem before Tuesday night’s meet against Williston at the Magic City Campus.

After hitting the final notes, the young Majettes helped engineer a 110-73 victory over the Coyotes.

“Williston is a good team,” Minot head coach Emily Jensen said. “Matched up one-to-one, we knew it was going to be tough going in. Our girls swam really well today. I am really impressed with how they stepped up and raced.”


Minot senior Iris Jessen, freshman Elise Altringer, sophomore Jordn Wolsky and junior Brynn Neumann finished in second place in the 200-yard medley relay. The medley relay kicked off the action, and the Majettes quartet posted a final time of 1:59.33.

Jimmy Lafakis/MDN Minot freshman Madilyne Senger swims forward during the 100-yard breaststroke event against the Williston Coyotes. The Majettes won their first home meet of the season, 110-73.

Senior captain Allie Elliott and Altringer finished first and second in the 200 yard freestyle, respectively. Both swimmers qualified for the state meet with times of 2:06.17 and 2:07.12.

“When you have people cheering you on and rooting for you, you know that they’re there,” Elliott said. “Even though you can’t necessarily hear them when you are racing, it really encourages you to do well. Not only for yourself, but for your team.”

Wolsky (2:20.51, first place), Jessen (2:26.02, third place) and Neumann (2:32.04, fourth place) captured three of the top four sports of the 200-yard individual medley.

Once again, three Majettes captured three-quarters of the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Payton Luzardo’s 26.49 qualified her for state and sealed first place.

Senior Brooklyn Filler (28.26, third place) and sophomore Emma Rouse (29.19, fourth place) rounded out the top four freestyle spots.

“I think we were all a little bit nervous,” Luzardo said. “Of course, we have all of our friends and all of the people here cheering for us. I really think we did a good job and we proved ourselves. We’ve just got to keep working hard throughout the season.

Minot sophomore Olivia Peatross qualified for the 100-yard butterfly state event, posting as her 1:06.98 time was good enough for second place. Freshman Erin Kerzmann’s 1:13.40 netted fourth place.

Wolsky (57.44), Luzardo (57.63) and seventh grader Ava Williamson earned the second, third and fourth spots in the 100-yard freestyle. Wolsky and Luzardo qualified for the state meet.

“At this time in the season, we look to just racing and not necessarily what their times are,” Jensen said. “They did really well.”

Elliott and Altringer both qualified for the 500-yard freestyle, posting respective times of 5:41.13 and 5:48.20.

“You may not always swim your best times,” Elliott said. “If you give it your best effort, that’s really what it’s all about.”

Neumann, Elliott, Altringer and Luzardo captured the 200-yard freestyle victory. The group posted a collective time of 1:48.15.

Jessen (1:05.93), Neumann (1:08.06) and Williamson (1:13.63) secured the second, third and fourth spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Jessen and Neumann qualified for state.

Sophomore Juleah Morse earned fourth place in the 100-yard breaststroke. Morse turned in a final time of 1:31.25.

The team of Wolsky, Elliott, Jessen and Luzardo earned the 400-yard freestyle win by nearly eight seconds. The Majettes recorded a 3:52.49, defeating Williston’s final time of 4:00.36.


Minot’s youth infusion helped the Majettes sweep the one-meter diving event’s top three spots. Eighth grader Ella Kesler posted a 203.35, while sophomore Bella Price and seventh grader Haley Conklin posted respective scores of 202.80 and 175.85.

The season is still young, and the Majettes continue to search for their identity.

“You see a lot of the new swimmers come up and really work hard,” Luzardo said. “They’re swimming a lot of really good times. It’s really cool. We lost a lot of our upperclassmen last year, and they were a huge part of our team. It’s really exciting to see these new kids come up and see how well they do.”

Next up, the Majettes will host Mandan on Sept. 21. The meet at the Magic City Campus is set for 11 a.m.

“Even though it’s my last year as a high school student, it’s kind of bittersweet,” Miller said. “I’m excited to go to college, but I’m really going to miss my team because I love it. We did really well today. I’m proud of us.”

Jimmy Lafakis covers Minot High School sports and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JJLII30.


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