Majettes swim and dive finishes second at WDA Meet
The Minot High School swimming and diving team got a taste of what next week’s state tournament will bring. The Majettes finished second at Saturday’s WDA meet in Bismarck, as their score of 314 trailed just Century’s 568 points.
Notably, Minot finished ahead of Dickinson (301.5 points). The Majettes and Midgets were neck-and-neck throughout the entire race.
The Minot team of senior Iris Jessen, freshman Elise Altringer, sophomore Jordn Wolsky and junior Brynn Neumann finished third in the 200-yard medley relay. The Majettes posted a time of 1:59.53.
“Next weekend, the relays will really come into effect,” Minot head coach Emily Jensen said. “If we want to compete in the overall team points, we have to find a way to compete in those relays.”
Altringer (2:06.84) and Elliott (2:07.33) finished in the respective No. 8 and No. 11 spots in the 200-yard freestyle.
In the 200-yard individual medley, Jessen (2:22.33) and Wolsky (2:23.71) earned sixth and seventh place. Neumann (2:28.06) and seventh-grader Ava Williamson (2:30.49) finished in the No. 11 and No. 14 spots, respectively.
Sophomore Payton Luzardo (26.32), senior Brooklyn Filler (26.78), and sophomore Emma Rouse (27.04) all secured top 11 finishes in the 50-yard freestyle. Luzardo nabbed the No. 8 spot, Filler took the No. 10 position and Rouse qualified for state with her eleventh-place finish.
Wolsky (1:04.01) and sophomore Olivia Peatross (1:04.45) took the respective No. 6 and No. 8 spots in the 100-yard butterfly. Wolsky and Peatross were the only Minot swimmers to finish in the event’s top 16 positions.
“Our athletes that tapered and did not qualify seemed to have a very solid meet today,” Jensen said. “Our veteran athletes who have state qualifying times already were hit-and-miss. It’s important to trust our training at this point and follow the plan. The kids will be there next weekend.”
Luzardo (57.99) secured the No. 7 position in the 100-yard freestyle. Rouse also finished under one minute, as her time of 59.66 was good for the No. 13 spot.
Elliott (5:41.56) and Peatross (5:50.77) finished in the respective No. 7 and No. 10 positions in the 500-yard freestyle. Elliott’s first lap time of 30.25 helped her achieve her finish in the distance avent.
The team of Altringer, Filler, Luzardo and Elliott (1:47.82) earned fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Jessen took fourth place in the 100-yard backstroke. Her time of 1:04.39 edged out Legacy senior Becca Pennington (1:04.45).
Altringer (1:15.65) and Williamson (1:18.33) nabbed the respective No. 9 and No. 11 positions in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The Majettes closed the meet on a strong note, finishing third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The group of Jessen, Elliott Wolsky and Luzardo posted a 3:49.72.
“We knew we needed to race well in the last event and have safe exchanges,” Jensen said. “Those four girls stepped up and did exactly what they need to do.
The Majettes’ strong one-meter diving performance boosted their overall total. Seventh-grader Haley Conklin (349.50), eighth-grader Ella Kesler (348.35) and sophomore Bella Price (345.20) respectively earned fourth, fifth and sixth place in the event.
In addition, sophomore Mattie Jacobson (284.60) took the event’s No. 13 position.
“We are thrilled with how diving went today,” Jensen said. “They have all shown tremendous growth from the beginning of the season. There is a lot of potential in the group we have, and I’m excited for their future.”
Minot will return to the BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center on Friday, Nov. 15 for the first day of the two-day state meet.
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