Girls Varsity Swimming · White Hawks Girls Swim and Dive Team Ranked Fourth in State


National anthem at the Oct. 1 Marshall meet

By Lindsey Storm

The Mound Westonka-Holy Family girls swim and dive team has been showing some strong performances this season, with a record of six wins and one loss. The only loss of the season was to Hutchinson (ranked second in state) on Sept. 19th. The White Hawks are currently ranked fourth in the Minnesota state single A standings, which is the highest the team has ever been ranked.

The girls had a week of down time after the Hutchinson meet, so the coaches decided to have some fun with it. They hosted an intrasquad meet where the coaches split up the team into two teams: head coach Ben Hanson vs. assistant coach Cheryl Kittleson.  This year, Kittleson’s team took the victory. Later in the week, the girls had more team bonding time and organized a float in the homecoming parade, followed by a team potluck in the cafeteria.

The following week was busy with two dual meets. The team traveled 2.5 hours to Marshall on Oct. 1 and then an hour to New Prague on Oct. 3. Both meets ending again in victory for the White Hawks. 

The White Hawks will host Dassel-Cokato at their last home dual meet on Thursday, Oct. 10. They will be celebrating the seniors and parents at this meet.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the girls will travel back to Hutchinson to participate in their first True Team Section meet. True Team competition is scored differently than regular meets. In regular meets, only the top five individuals (6, 4, 3, 2, 1) and top three relays (8, 4, 2) can score points. True Team competition is based on the idea that every team member’s performance counts toward the team’s score in competition, thus showing the depth of each team.

First place will be worth as many points as the number of possible entries in the event. For example, if there are eight teams entered in the meet, there is a possible 32 entries per event; thus making first place worth 32 points, second place worth 31 points, etc. Relay points are double the value of individual events. Each school can enter up to four individuals and four relay teams per event. Medals and ribbons will be awarded to first through eighth place in individual races and relays. Plaques will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams.

The top scoring team from each section will advance to the True Team State Meet on Saturday, Oct. 26. Additional teams will be given “Wild Card” births into the state meet to complete the field of 12 teams based on their True Team Section Meet performance. Go White Hawks!