Cardinals too much for Willmar

Alexandria's Summer Overland swims in a meet against Sartell-St. Stephen earlier this season. Overland got a win in the 500 freestyle on Tuesday at Willmar by finishing in a time of 5:45.91. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

After a loss to perennial-power Sartell-St. Stephen in the season opener, the Alexandria swimming and diving team has rattled off three straight wins.

On Tuesday, it was a road contest against Willmar where Alexandria came away with a 103-81 victory.

Hattie Galloway helped highlight the meet with a personal-best time in winning the 200 freestyle in 2:03.66. That was the first of seven wins for Alexandria, with the team depth being a little more than Willmar to help secure the win.

Galloway added to her night with another win in the 50 freestyle (25.86). The diving group also had a nice night with freshman Erica Johnson (207.90 points) winning the varsity competition. She posted the highest point total from an Alexandria diver in more than four years.

All six divers between the junior varsity and varsity meets had personal-best scores as eighth-grader Lauren Hornstein took second in varsity with 179.40 points.


“With so many first-year divers, it was great to see them have such a successful night,” head coach Crysta Krause said.

Aleah Dokter won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.53 as part of three top-four finishes in that event for Alexandria. Summer Overland took the 500 freestyle (5:45.91) and McKenna Horan won the 100 backstroke (1:06.41) to round out Alexandria’s group of individual winners.

The 400-freestyle relay team of Overland, Horan, Galloway and Jisella Haskamp also finished off the meet with a win in a time of 3:55.91.


ALEXANDRIA TOP-FIVE FINISHES - 200-MEDLEY RELAY - McKenna Horan, Zoe Solum, Aleah Dokter, Brooklyn Millward - second, 2:04.55; Anna Dokter, Emma Bugher, Alaina Guenther, Grace Urke - third, 2:07.36; 200 FREESTYLE - Hattie Galloway - first, 2:03.66; Jisella Haskamp - third, 2:08.47; Alaina Guenther - fifth, 2:16.02; 200 IM - Grace Urke - second, 2:24.74; Brooklyn Millward - third, 2:29.21; Summer Overland - fourth, 2:32.24; 50 FREESTYLE - Galloway - first, 25.86; Julia Wilmesmeier - third, 27.31; Sidney Johnson - fourth, 27.39; DIVING - Erica Johnson - first, 207.90; Lauren Hornstein - second, 179.40; Hannah Skillings - fifth, 145.65; 100 BUTTERFLY - Aleah Dokter - first, 1:06.53; Guenther - second, 1:07.54; Solum - fourth, 1:10.39; 100 FREESTYLE - Millward - second, 59.20; S. Johnson - third, 59.49; Bugher - fifth, 1:02.78; 500 FREESTYLE - Summer Overland - first, 5:45.91; Haskamp - third, 5:50.35; Wilmesmeier - fifth, 5:59.54; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - Bugher, Guenther, Summer Overland, Galloway - second, 1:47.43; Millward, S. Johnson, Wilmesmeier, Haskamp - third, 1:48.26; Anna Dokter, Aleah Dokter, Allea Balcome, Morgan Stangler - fifth, 1:58.63; 100 BACKSTROKE - McKenna Horan - first, 1:06.41; Anna Dokter - second, 1:10.75; Rayna Holm - fifth, 1:16.03; 100 BREASTSTROKE - Urke - second, 1:15.49; Bugher - third, 1:19.45; Solum - fourth, 1:25.08; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY - Summer Overland, Horan, Galloway, Haskamp - first, 3:55.91; S. Johnson, Balcome, Urke, Wilmesmeier - third, 4:11.31

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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