Cardinals have plenty to recognize after breakout season

Guenther, Galloway earn Golden Goggle Award for leading Alexandria to second-place finish at sections to cap off a breakout season.

Alexandria junior Hattie Galloway (pictured) shared the Cardinals' Golden Goggle Award with Alaina Guenther after Galloway was part of four top-10 finishes at the section meet this fall season. That helped the Cardinals wrap up a second-place finish at sections after going 8-1 in duals. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team had a lot of athletes to honor this season after going 8-1 in duals and then taking second at the section meet.

Alaina Guenther

Alaina Guenther and Hattie Galloway were a big part of that success, and both earned the Golden Goggle Award for Alexandria. Guenther was a part of three top-10 finishes for the Cardinals at sections, while Galloway was a part of four, including taking second in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.81 and the 100 freestyle in 54.44.


Miriam Anderson / Spirit Award

Miriam Anderson and Hannah Skillings shared the Spirit Award for the Cardinals, while Caris Pass brought home the Cardinal Award. Diver Erica Johnson and swimmer Jisella Haskamp shared the Rookie of the Year Award, and Regan Tatge and Emma Bugher were named the team’s hardest workers.

The Cardinals also named their 2021 team captains after the season, with Galloway, Julia Wilmesmeier and Sidney Johnson earning that honor heading into next season.

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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