By Lindsey Storm
The Mound Westonka-Holy Family girls swim and dive team celebrated a record-breaking season at the end-of-season banquet hosted at the Lafayette Club on Dec. 1.
Coach Ben Hanson opened the award show with highlights of the season. This was Hanson’s second season as head coach for the White Hawks. Highlights included four new individual varsity records, three new relay records for Mound Westonka and one new Holy Family varsity record in the 400 Free Relay.
The team made some big improvements compared to the year before. The team record this year was nine wins and two losses. Last year the White Hawks’ record was the opposite, 3-10. This year, the White Hawks placed third at the conference championships; last year, sixth. This year, the White Hawks placed third at the section championships; last year, seventh. This year, the team placed 11th at state; last year, 25th.
Coach Hansen said, “We did some research, and we believe that 11th place is the highest that a Mound Westonka-Holy Family team has been at the state meet. We also looked into it, and from what we could tell, it’s the first time a relay ever got the Top 8 at state.”
If you make the Top 8 in any event at the state meet, then you are an All-State swimmer. The White Hawks had two Top-8 relays at the state meet. The All-State swimmers are: senior Ashley Storm, sophomores Ava Kittelson and Alyssa Bourdon, ninth-graders Annie Springer and Ellen Ries and eighth-grader Jaylyn Storm. These swimmers will be honored at the All-State banquet in a few weeks.
The White Hawks had seven athletes that were honored with All-Conference awards this year, compared to two last season. To receive this honor, a swimmer needs to score in the Top 36 in the conference. Having seven athletes earn this honor shows the strength of the 2018 team. All-Conference Award winners were Ashley Storm (10th), Springer (13th), Kittleson (15th), Jaylyn Storm (21st), Ries (tied for 23rd), junior Annabelle Elsner (tied for 23rd) and junior Grace Hanson (29th). Ninth-graders Kathryn Collins and Hannah Hall came close and were honored with All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The team voted Hanson, Elsner and junior Morgan McFadden as next year’s team captains. Other awards the team voted on were:
MVP (swimmer): Ashley Storm
MVP (diver): seventh-grader Phoebe Johnson
Hardest Worker: Kittelson
Most Improved: junior Monique LaCroix, ninth-grader Emily Zhou seventh-grader Maria Krotz and
Spirit Award: Bourdon
The Tim Daly Memorial Award is given each year to a swimmer who represents the traits that Coach Tim Daly had, which include dedication and hard work. Kittleson was honored with this award, and her name will be engraved on the Tim Daly memorial plaque outside of the swimming pool.