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Holy Family Swimmers Head to State

Mound Westonka – Holy Family Girls Swim and Dive

Section 3A Championships

November 11 and 13, 2021

By: K. Thomes

For high school swim and dive teams, the path to the MSHSL State Tournament begins and ends at the Section Championship meet. This two-day event includes preliminary races on day 1, with the top 16 finishers in each event invited to return for finals races on day 2. Earning a state-qualifying time in a finals event race is the sole opportunity to qualify for the state meet.

The Mound Westonka – Holy Family (MWHF) Girls Swim and Dive team was one of 11 teams competing in the Section 3A Championships in Willmar on November 11 and 13. Coach Ben Hanson’s team finished 5th overall and will send 7 swimmers to the MSHSL State Meet at the University of Minnesota November 19-20.

Holy Family Swimmers Ellen and Abigail Reis are headed to the state tournment.

Hanson pulled together a trio of MSHSL State Tournament qualifying relay teams. The 200 Medley Relay team of Kristin Collins (JR), Kate Johnson (JR), Annie Springer (SR, Captain), and Jaylyn Storm (JR) had a 3rd place finish (1:50:24). The 200 Freestyle Relay also finished 3rd (1.40.77), advancing Johnston, Annemarie Johnson (FR), Ellen Ries (SR, Captain), and Storm to the State Tournament. E. Ries, Johnson, Abigail Ries (SO), and Springer earned their ticket to State with a 5th place finish (3.42.47) in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

Five MWHF swimmers advanced to the State Tournament in individual events; Storm (JR) in the 50 Freestyle (24.47, 2nd place) and the 100 Freestyle (54.26, 5th place), E. Ries in the 500 Freestyle (5.24.44, 4th place); Johnston in the 100 Breaststroke (1.06.51, 2nd place), Johnson in the 100 Breaststroke (1.08.36, 3rd place) and Springer in the 100 Butterfly (59.87, 4th place).

Other individual competitors in the Section 3A event finals included E. Ries in the 200 Freestyle earning a 5th place finish (1.58.82) just 0:00:82 over the state qualifying time. Also, in the 200 Freestyle, Johnson finished 9th (2.02.93), Courtney French (JR) was 10th, and Collins finished 12th (2.09.59). Springer finished 10th in the 200 Individual Medley (2.18.76) with A. Ries 13th (2.24.68). Johnston finished 14th in the 50 Freestyle (25.91), and French placed 13th in the 500 Freestyle (5.44.97). Collins placed 13th in the 100 Backstroke (1.05.08), with Hanna Hall (SR, Captain) finishing the 100 Breaststroke in 12th. Kathryn Collins (SR, Captain) took 15th in the 100 Butterfly (1.03.86).

Sophomore Catherine Dueck withdrew from the competition after the preliminary races due to illness. Dueck’s preliminary races earned her a 3rd place seed in the 200 Individual Medley (2.14.57) and 4th in the 100 Freestyle (54.51). Dueck’s 200 Individual Medley time in the preliminary race met the state qualifying time, though only races swam in Finals allow advancement to the State Meet.

Diver Bailey Monette (7th grade) earned 302.00 points for the 20 dives completed over the two days. Monette placed 5th, just 0.95 points behind the 4th place finisher. The top 4 divers advance to the State Meet.

Here are the results for Holy Family athletes competing in the section championship.

Ellen Ries
500 Freestyle – State Qualifier
200 Freestyle Relay – State Qualifier
400 Freestyle Relay – State Qualifier
200 Freestyle  – 5th place

Abigail Ries
400 Freestyle Relay – State Qualifier
200 Individual Medley – 13th place
100 Breaststroke – 22nd place

Courtney French
200 Freestyle – 10th place
500 Freestyle – 13th place

Cathryn Dueck – withdrew prior to finals due to illness, likely State Qualifier in all events
200 Individual Medley – 3rd place after prelims
100 Freestyle – 4th place after prelims
200 Freestyle Relay– 4th place after prelims
400 Freestyle Relay – would have been on State Qualifying Team

The next meet is MSHSL State Tournament, University of Minnesota Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center: November 18-20