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Majettes swim & dive tops Mandan 141-45 in final home meet

Ryan Ladika/MDN Senior Emily Brugman competes in the second heat of the 200-yard IM during the Majettes’ Tuesday evening meet against Mandan.

In an emotional Seniors’ Night send-off, the Minot High Majettes’ swim & dive team claimed the top spot in their final home meet of the fall season over the visiting Mandan Braves by a 141-45 final score.

The meet was briefly halted about halfway through for the Majettes to honor their nine seniors: Heaven Laber, Emily Brugman, Payton Luzardo, Emma Rouse, Olivia Peatross, Jade Stack, Bella Price, Mattie Jacobson and Jordn Wolsky. Each dashed through a tunnel of their peers and were recognized with their parents.

“A lot of us girls, we eat and breathe this sport. It means everything to us,” Luzardo said. “Every single meet we just shine and excel. I’ve never seen anything like it. It really means a lot this year and I’m really glad it’s my senior season.”

The quartet of Wolsky, Ava Wiliamson, Brugman and Elise Altringer kicked off the evening on a high note for Minot with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1:57.39. Rouse and Luzardo would also snag second- and third-place finishes in the meet’s second event, the 200-yard freestyle, with respective times of 2:09.97 and 2:10.77.

In the 200-yard IM, Brugman, Peatross and Havanna Metzger completed a sweep of the top three spots with 2:24.82, 2:28.73 and 2:29.67 final times, respectively, and Sam Vonbokern, Wiliamson and Stack took the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle with 25.29, 26.28 and 27.78 final marks.

Following the ceremony, Wolsky and Luzardo finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly with times of 1:02.24 and 1:03.95, and Vonbokern, Brugman and Bostyn Edwards produced 55.66, 57.41 and 59.19 marks in the 100-yard freestyle to finish first, second and third in the event.

“Every single grade has stepped up,” Luzardo continued. “We have so much depth, so I think that definitely helps a lot. We have a lot of girls who have come out, a lot of these girls really care about the sport that they’re in, so it just makes for a good team.”

Caelin Flaten produced the highest Majettes finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:46.04 final time, good for second place. The second relay of the evening was next, and Altringer, Brugman, Edwards and Vonbokern claimed the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:45.26 mark.

Wolsky finished first in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.98, and Altringer, Metzger and Madison Lyman swept the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke with respective times of 1:13.03, 1:15.10 and 1:22.85.

To round out the swimming action, Wiliamson, Vonbokern, Gabby Osborn and Wolsky finished first in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a 3:53.17 final time, just ahead of their teammates Edwards, Luzardo, Stack and Rouse and their 4:02.79 finish.

Price claimed the top score in the one-meter dive, notching a 282.40 mark. Haley Conklin and Ella Kesler rounded out the top three for the Majettes, earning final scores of 244.45 and 239.40, respectively.

“It’s been quite the ride,” Price said. “There have been so many ups and new people who I met and new friends. It’s been the best time. It’s bittersweet to have our senior night tonight.”

With their regular season behind them, the Majettes now turn their focus to the Western Dakota Association’s Regional Tournament Nov. 6 at Bismarck’s BSC Aquatics and Wellness Center.

“A few of those kids started when they were eighth graders,” head coach Emily Jensen added. “They have just molded our team into what we want it to be and hopefully taught the younger girls some things and created a program and a culture that we want to keep for years to come.”

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