Gearing up for WDAs with MHS swim coach Emily Weeks
This season, the Minot Majettes have finished no lower than second place at any meet. On Saturday, Nov. 7, Minot is scheduled to be in Williston to compete in the Western Dakota Association Conference Championships. In 2019, the MHS girls team took runner up in the WDAs to eventual state champion Bismarck Century.
The Minot Daily News asked Majettes’ head coach Emily Weeks for her thoughts on the upcoming regional competition, what she expects out of the team and how her club can come dethrone Century as conference champs. Here is what Weeks had to say via email.
MDN: Given that Minot swimming has been such a powerhouse program over the years, what are your expectations heading into WDAs?
Weeks: Williston is also a young up and coming team, with a lot of numbers. We havn’t had the opportunity to race in a couple weeks. Our kids are ready to race. Century is obviously the favored team in the west, but we are hoping for a solid finish, with many little successes throughout the meet.
MDN: A year ago, the club took second at regionals. In your opinion, what needs to happen in order for MHS to place first this year?
Weeks: Century has always posted a talented team. They bring a ton of athletes with a lot of talent to the pool. Our kids would need an incredible meet.
MDN: Regarding Jordn Wolsky, what has allowed her to have such a successful season for the Majettes?
Weeks: Jordn trains hard in the off season. She has been a name that has been around for a long time. She has been a talented kid for years, and has always put in the work year round to do what she needed to do.
MDN: Who have been some of your other top performers from this year’s team?
Weeks: I jokingly say all the time these middle school kids drive me crazy. But in all honesty, they have given our team a depth that we havn’t seen in years. These young girls along with our freshmen class have sure risen to the occasion throughout the season. Their future is bright, and it is exciting to think about all the years we have with them, as well as other girls on their way into the program.
MDN: Have there been any major obstacles this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions?
Weeks: Our kids are resilient and I can’t thank them enough for doing what they can to follow the restrictions. There is so much that is out of our control right now, let’s do everything we can in our control to swim and dive every day we have the opportunity. They have truly listened and done a great job of handling the changes.
MDN: Looking beyond regionals, do you have any specific team goals heading into the state tournament?
Weeks: It is interesting this year because we haven’t had the opportunity to see the east teams all season. Along with Century, the West Fargo teams are strong, and although we bring talent and our depth is growing, we will need to swim really well to compete with those top teams at the state meet.
MDN: How many years have you coached at MHS, and what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Weeks: This is my sixth year as head coach. The most rewarding part of the job aside from the athletic success is seeing the young adults these girls turn into as they grow through the sport.