Girls Varsity Swimming · MWHF Girls Swim Moves to 3-0

By Kelley Thomes Ries

It’s a 3-0 season for coach Ben Hanson’s Mound Westonka/Holy Family (MWHF) girls swim and dive team. Hosting the Orono Spartans on Sept. 10, the White Hawks pulled out a 177-176 win. MWHF is without divers this season, resulting in all diving points awarded to Orono.

The evening started with a MWHF win in the 200-Yard Medley Relay by the MWHF team of sophomore Kristin Collins, sophomore Kate Johnson, junior Annie Springer and sophomore Jaylyn Storm (1:55:60), followed by Orono’s 1:57:17 second-place finish and a third-place finish by the MWHF team of senior Ava Kittelson, eighth-grader Annemarie Johnson, senior Kacey Clipper and senior Alyssa Bourdon (2:03:43).

Springer took the top spot in the 200 Freestyle with a 2:05:17. Junior Ellen Ries was a close second at 2:05:52. Orono’s Caroline Close finished third (2:06:49) and Kristen Collins was fourth (2:10:23).

Orono won the 200 Individual Medley with Hailey Hall’s 2:21:37. Ninth-grader Abigail Ries (2:2:64) and Bourdon (2:25:35) gave MWHF a 2-3 finish.

A 2018 state qualifier in the 50 Freestyle, Storm never disappoints. Her 25.21 earned her a first-place 50 Freestyle finish, with Orono’s Kaelyn Knutson second (26:42) and MWHF junior Kathryn Collins third (27:02).

In her third of four first-place finishes of the evening, Springer won the 100 Fly with a 1:003:65, followed by Orono’s Mallory Knutson (1:04:90) and Tessa Cordes (1:05:41).

The 100 Freestyle went to Storm (56:34) followed by Orono’s Addie Thalhuber (57.02) and Caroline Close (57.66).

The 500 Freestyle was an unusually close finish, with Orono’s Hailey Ball taking first (5:34:11) and MWHF’s Ellen Ries (5:38:05) out touching Orono’s Mallory Knutson (5:38:06) by just 0:00:01.

MWHF swam 1:44:56 for a first-place finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle Varsity relay. In the final race of her 4/4 first-place finishes, Storm and MWHF teammates Abigail Ries, Bourdon and Ellen Ries bested Orono’s 2-3 finishes of 1:45:23 and 1:48:78.

Kristin Collin’s strong showing (1:05:07) in the 100 Backstroke brought another first place to MWHF, with teammate Kittelson taking second (1:07:99) ahead of Orono’s Haley Holzschuh (1:08:42). Orono took the top two spots in the 100 Breaststroke with close finishes of 1:12:45 and 1:12:69 by Skye Thalhuber and Addie Thalhuber. MWHF’s Kate Johnson (1:13:39), Annemarie Johnson (1:15:79) and Hannah Hall (1:17:30) finished 3-4-5.

The evening concluded with MWHF completing a sweep of the four varsity relay races. The team of Abigail Ries, Springer, Kathryn Collins and Ellen Ries (3:50:68) won the 400 Freestyle Relay handily over Orono’s 4:01:61. Kittelson, junior Hannah Hall, sophomore Izzy Sullivan and Annemarie Johnson took third with 4:07:61.

MWHF girls swim and dive faces Delano at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Waconia at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.