On Saturday, the Minot Majettes women’s swim and diving team achieved something that has eluded the program for the past seven years.
Minot won the Western Dakota Association Championship this weekend at Bismarck. It was the first time since 2014 that the Majettes had won the coveted title. According to Minot head coach Emily Jensen, it was a pretty special day for everyone involved.
“Watching them come together this season and build their self-confidence has been a pleasure to watch as a coach.” Jensen told the Minot Daily News. “This meeting has been so helpful.”
Minot led the eight-team field with a total of 467 team points, 48 points better than runner-up Bismarck Century. Meanwhile, Williston (246), Dickinson (232) and Legacy (229) round out the top five.
Among the Mages’ highlights, senior diver Bella Price took first place in the one-meter diving with a score of 457 for the All-State First Team. Two Minot teammates also landed the top five like Ella Kesler (433.10) and Haley Conklin (423.95) placed second and fourth respectively in this event.
The Majettes also won the 400-yard free relay as the group of Elise Altringer, Emily Brugman, Sam Vonbokern and Jordn Wolsky beat the field with a time of 3: 42.35. As a team, Minot also racked up a further seven second places at the WDAs.
The team of Ava Williamson, Altringer, Wolsky and Brugman represented the Mages as finalists in the 200 QN relay (1: 54.43). Then, in the 200 freestyle, Altringer swam second behind Sarah Dorrheim of Century in 2: 01.06. Meanwhile, Vonbokerm won second place in the 50 and 100 free events with times of 25.22 seconds and 55.27 respectively. Wolsky added to Minot’s success by finishing second in the 100 butterfly (1: 01.76) and the 100 backstroke (1: 02.51).
In the 200 free relay, the quartet of Williamson, Reese Goodman, Bostyn Edwards and Vonbokern swam a second time of 1: 43.94 for the Magi. Individually, Williamson also took third place in the 200 IM in 2: 17.36.
Then, the Majettes plan to compete for the state in Bismarck on November 12 and 13. Like the WDA Championships, it’s also been seven years since the Minot women’s program won a state title in swimming. In order to end this drought, Coach Jensen is focusing on the basics.
“While we’re excited with what we accomplished on Saturday, we want to stay focused on the season plan and continue to prepare for the state,” adds the coach. “Our plan and our end goal is to stay focused on ourselves. It will be an exciting meeting next weekend.