By Lindsey Storm
The Mound Westonka-Holy Family girls swimming and diving team has had an impressive season this year with a record of 9-2, compared to last year’s record of 3-10. The White Hawks have come a long way and are a very strong team, only losing to Hutchinson and Delano this season.
The Wright County Varsity Conference Championship was held Oct. 27 in New Prague. The White Hawks placed third out of nine teams, behind Hutchinson and Delano. Almost all swims at this meet were season’s best times, which is difficult at this time of year, considering workouts are harder, with increased yardage, as the team starts to prepare to taper for the section and state meets.
The MWHF diving team was missing a few girls due to injuries, but they still had impressive performances from junior Emilene Loehr, seventh-grader Phoebe Johnson and junior Laken Smyth – all scoring points for the White Hawks.
The 200 Medley Relay team of junior Annabelle Elsner, ninth-grader Hannah Hall, ninth-grader Annie Springer and eighth-grader Jaylyn Storm made the podium with a fifth-place finish (1.56.92). The team of eighth-graders Kristin Collins and Izzy Sullivan and sophomores Ava Kittleson and Alyssa Bourdon just missed the podium with a ninth-place finish.
There were several MWHF girls that made the podium, which means that they made the Top 8 and were awarded a medal (first and second place) or a ribbon. Senior Ashley Storm had season’s best times in both of her races, placing fourth in the 50 Free (24.74) and second in the 100 Free (53.93). Ashley’s younger sister, Jaylyn Storm, also had season’s best times in both of her races, placing fifth in the 50 Free (25.39) and eighth in the 100 Free (57.84).
Springer placed fourth in the 200 IM (2.20.82) and fifth in the 100 Fly (1.03.14). Kittleson was out-touched from fourth and fifth place by .15 seconds in the 200 IM, placing sixth (2.20.97). She also took fourth place in the 500 Free (5.37.56).
New to the team this year is ninth-grader Ellen Ries, who placed seventh in both the 200 Free (2.04.24) and 500 Free (5.42.25). Also new to the team is Elsner, who placed eighth in the 200 Free (2.06.44) and sixth in the 100 Back (1.03.14). Junior Grace Hanson made the podium with a sixth-place finish in the 500 Free (5.40.89).
The girls 200 Free Relay team of Jaylyn Storm, Bourdon, Ries and Ashley Storm finished with a time of 1.43.91, earning third place. There were two Top-8 finishes in the 400 Free relays. The team of Ries, Springer, Kittleson and Ashley Storm took third place with a time of 3.45.71. The team of Hanson, Elsner, Kristin Collins and ninth-grader Kathryn Collins took seventh place with a time of 3.56.73.
The White Hawks have started to taper for the section meet that will be held in Hutchinson on Thursday, Nov. 8 (preliminaries) and Saturday, Nov. 10 (finals, top 16). Good luck, swimmers and divers! Go White Hawks!