400 free relay wins it for Alex at Moorhead

Alexandria's McKenna Horan swims the freestyle in a meet with Sartell early this season. Horan was part of the 400-freestyle relay team with Jisella Haskamp, Brooklyn Millward and Hattie Galloway that put away a 96-90 win at previously-unbeaten Moorhead on Tuesday. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria swimming and diving team has won five straight dual meets to run its record to 5-1 on the season, and perhaps no win in that stretch was more impressive than Tuesday’s in Moorhead.

The Spuds were undefeated coming into the night, but it was the Cardinals’ depth in the freestyle events that helped them edge Moorhead in a 96-90 final that came down to the last event.

“After being soundly defeated in the last matchup between these two teams, this was a sweet ending to a hard-fought meet,” Alexandria head coach Crysta Krause said.

Both the Moorhead and Alexandria 400 freestyle “A” relay groups were close through the beginning stretch, but Jisella Haskamp, Brooklyn Millward, McKenna Horan and Hattie Galloway pulled away.

“As the anchor legs dove into the water it was apparent within the first 50 yards the Cards would come away with the win as Galloway slowly pulled into the lead,” Krause said. “Galloway with a 54.71 split brought home the 400 free relay in a final time of 3:49.81 – a time that was faster than the Cards’ section prelims time last season.”


Julia Wilmesmeier, Sidney Johnson, Summer Overland and Alaina Guenther finished third in the 400 freestyle relay to help Alexandria put things away.

It was a dramatic dual throughout as the Spuds won seven of the 12 matches, but the Cardinals’ depth persevered.

Hattie Galloway

Galloway has put together quite a season so far, and she was at it again on Tuesday with that strong finish in the final relay and individual wins in the 50 freestyle (25.65) and the 100 freestyle (55.90). She also helped the 200-freestyle relay team win in 1:43.43 alongside Haskamp, Guenther and Wilmesmeier. Lauren Hornstein led the divers with a second-place varsity finish (183.40) and Erica Johnson was a close third (182.25).

Summer Overland got Alexandria’s final individual win as she took the 500 freestyle in 5:45.21.

Alexandria has a few days off from competition before another big meet in its home pool at Discovery Middle School on Sept. 29. Brainerd comes to town for a 6 p.m. start that day.



ALEXANDRIA TOP-FIVE FINISHES - 200-MEDLEY RELAY - Anna Dokter, Emma Bugher, Aleah Dokter, Grace Urke - second, 2:02.52; Chelsey Weigel, Allea Balcome, Zoe Solum, Morgan Stangler - fourth, 2:10.41; 200 FREESTYLE - Summer Overland - second, 2:06.99; Julia Wilmesmeier - fourth, 2:08.74; McKenna Horan - fifth, 2:09.67; 200 IM - Grace Urke - second, 2:22.90; Jisella Haskamp - fourth, 2:25.10; Brooklyn Millward - fifth, 2:26.88; 50 FREESTYLE - Hattie Galloway - first, 25.65; Alaina Guenther - third, 27.55; Sidney Johnson - fourth, 27.69; DIVING - Lauren Hornstein - second, 183.40; Erica Johnson - third, 182.25; Sara Eddy - fifth, 179.80; 100 BUTTERFLY - Aleah Dokter - third, 1:06.74; Guenther - fourth, 1:07.71; Solum - fifth, 1:10.26; 100 FREESTYLE - Galloway - first, 55.90; Haskamp - third, 57.24; Millward - fourth, 58.27; 500 FREESTYLE - Summer Overland - first, 5:45.21; Wilmesmeier - third, 5:48.69; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Haskamp, Guenther, Wilmesmeier, Galloway - first, 1:43.43; S. Johnson, Horan, Millward, Urke - third, 1:47.60; Emma Bugher, Callie Taveirne, Aleah Dokter, Summer Overland - fifth, 1:54.06; 100 BACKSTROKE - S. Johnson - third, 1:05.95; Horan - fourth, 1:06.77; Anna Dokter - fifth, 1:07.78; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Urke - second, 1:13.18; Bugher - fourth, 1:17.71; Balcome - fifth, 1:19.60; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - Haskamp, Millward, Horan, Galloway - first, 3:49.81; Wilmesmeier, S. Johnson, Overland, Guenther - third, 3:57.93; Solum, Anna Dokter, Balcome, Bugher - fifth, 4:11.90

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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