Majettes swim and dive tops Bismarck 146-40
The Minot High Majettes swim and dive team continued their impressive beginning to the fall 2021 slate Tuesday evening, as the squad topped the visiting Bismarck High Demons 146-40 on ‘Future Magi Night,’ marking its third consecutive meet victory.
Middle school-aged girls were in the spotlight prior to the commencement of the meet, as complimentary t-shirts and food were provided to youngsters and their families to help drum up interest in the swim team at Minot High throughout the community.
The team also held a raffle drawing after each event and sent the kids home with goodie bags to top off the evening’s festivities.
“A couple of years ago before COVID, we had an idea to bring in kids from the community who would be future Majettes or Magi and give them a taste of what a high school swim meet and dive meet would look like,” head coach Emily Jensen said. “It was really successful in 2019, and then in 2020 we didn’t do that because we couldn’t have spectators. When we brought it back this year, we’ve had an abundance of support from donors in the community.”
The Majettes cruised through their Tuesday meet, snagging the top spot in each of the 12 events.
Minot has shaken up its training regimen a bit throughout the new season, and it has paid big dividends early on for the team when the clock is ticking.
“We’re doing some different things with the power tower and just trying some new things, and the kids are really buying into everything new that we throw at them,” Jensen continued. “Cohesively, we’re coming together as a team really well, and seeing us more as a group than individual athletes.”
The quartet of Ava Wiliamson, Elise Altringer, Jordn Wolsky and Emily Brugman claimed the top spot in the 200-yard medley relay to kick off the evening’s action with a final 1:56.70 time.
Payton Luzardo’s 2:12.05 mark bested Bismarck’s Natalie Becker in the 200-yard freestyle by over three seconds to win the event, and Sam Vonbokern, Altringer and Wiliamson claimed the top three spots for Minot in the 200-yard IM with respective times of 2:22.02, 2:24.04 and 2:27.12.
Wolsky’s final mark of 26.63 in the 50-yard freestyle narrowly edged out her teammate Brugman’s 26.64 in the 50-yard freestyle, and Vonbokern dominated the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:05.98 mark.
Wolsky, Luzardo and Caelin Flaten snagged the top-three in the 100-yard freestyle with respective times of 56.76, 59.93, and 1:00.59, and Altringer took her first individual win of the evening with a final time of 5:39.98 in the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Ava Neumann’s 5:58.02 in the 500 also netted her a spot at the state meet at the end of the season.
Vonbokern, Reese Goodman, Luzardo and Wolsky put up a 1:46.39 in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and freshman Ellie Schaefer won the 100-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:11.15.
Another freshman, Haili Metzger, won the 100-yard backstroke with a final 1:19.22 time, and Altringer, Vonbokern, Brugman and Wiliamson combined for a 3:50.55 time in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The newest Minot High diving school record-holder, Bella Price, again reigned supreme on the board, as she produced a final 256.00 score on the evening.
“It was a full house with lots of swims,” Jensen added. “It was fun for our younger girls to have an opportunity to shine. Ava is a hard worker with a quiet demeanor, and it was fun to see her excitement.”
The Majettes’ next meet is scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Magic City Campus against Dickinson and West Fargo Sheyenne with a 5 p.m. start time.