Girls Varsity Swimming · MWHF Girls Swim Defeats New Prague

Ava Kittelson
Mound Westonka senior Ava Kittelson swims in the Freestyle Relay against New Prague Oct. 6.

By K. Thomes

Another win for the Mound Westonka Holy Family girls swim team as they hosted New Prague on Oct. 6.

The Medley Relay team of senior captain Ava Kittelson, sophomore Kate Johnston, senior captain Alyssa Bourdon and ninth-grader Catherine Dueck kicked the evening off with a first-place finish. Then sisters sophomore Kristin Collins and junior Kathryn Collins finished 2/3 in the 200 Freestyle just behind New Prague’s Peyton Schieffer.

MWHF junior Ellen Ries won the 200 Individual Medley, with New Prague’s Riley Stegle taking second, Ava Kittelson third and MWHF eighth-grader Annemarie Johnson in fourth place. A sprinter the team can always count on, junior Annie Springer brought another first-place finish to MWHF in the 50 Freestyle.

New Prague ninth-grader Ella Lund won the 100 Fly with MWHF’s sophomore Jaylyn Storm and ninth-grader Abigail Ries finishing just behind her in the 2/3 spots. A close race with the top 3 swimmers separated by only 0:00:25 seconds.

Alyssa Bourdon swam an impressive 100 Freestyle, just edging out New Prague’s Scheiffer for the win and teammate Kathryn Collins, who finished third. Ellen Ries won her second individual event of the evening in the 500 Freestyle with teammates Annemarie Johnson and Kristin Collins taking second and third places.

Abigail Ries
Holy Family ninth-grader Abigail Ries swims the breaststroke

It was a strong showing in the 100 Backstroke for MWHF, as Ava Kittelson took first place ahead of Alyssa Bourdon and senior Kasey Clipper, who finished 2/3. Abigail Ries won the 100 Breaststroke with MWHF teammate Annie Springer finishing second.

Coach Ben Hanson may have been looking to take advantage of a little sibling rivalry by splitting the Ries and Collins sisters in the 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle relays. His lineups worked, as MWHF finished first and second in both events. The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Kathryn Collins, Abigail Ries, Annie Springer and Catherine Dueck took the top spot ahead of second-place teammates Alyssa Bourdon, Kristin Collins, Ellen Ries and Jaylyn Storm. The evening ended with an impressive first-place finish for the MWHF 400 Freestyle team of Catherine Dueck, Kathryn Collins, Abigail Ries and Ava Kittelson with second place to Kristin Collins, Jaylyn Storm, Annie Springer and Ellen Ries and third place to teammates Annemarie Johnson, Kate Johnston, Kacey Clipper and senior captain Maya Jable.

In this abbreviated season, the team will race in their final regular season meet of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Dassel-Cokato. Though MSHSL will not be hosting a Girls Swim and Dive State Tournament in 2020, Section meets are still planned. MWHF will begin training this week in preparation for Sections at Hutchinson on Oct. 24.