Cards recognize another huge season in the pool

Alexandria's Nicolas Welle swims in a dual meet on Jan. 23. Welle was an all-state swimmer in four events (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200-freestyle relay, 400-freestyle relay) for the Cardinals this season and earned the team's High Point Award. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys swimming and diving program had another standout season that included a fifth-place finish at the Class A state meet, and that left a lot of athletes to honor at this year’s postseason banquet.

The Cardinals had a sophomore who earned the team’s High Point Award for racking up the most team points of the season. Nicolas Welle did that as part of a huge season that included being all-state in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200-freestyle relay and 400-freestyle relay. Welle was also All-Central Lakes Conference in all four events and was voted by his teammates as a 2020-2021 captain.

Anthony Hoyt

Anthony Hoyt and Aidan Staples shared the Cardinals’ Hardest Worker Award. Hoyt was a three-time all-state performer this winter in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 400-freestyle relay, along with earning All-CLC finishes in all three events.


Aidan Staples

Alexandria’s Most-Improved Award was shared by Carter Holm and 7th-grader Cooper Running. Holm competed at the state meet and was all-state in the 200-medley relay and 400-freestyle relay, while also being All-CLC in the 400-freestyle relay.

Carter Holm

The final team-voted award went to Jake Porter for Rookie of the Year as the senior joined the sport for his final season and made an impact with the Cardinals.

Cooper Running


Alexandria’s overall success was a result of the team’s depth, and it was evident by the group’s statewide and conference honors.

Jake Porter

In addition to Hoyt, Welle and Holm, other athletes who earned all-state honors for their performance at the state meet were Thomas Williams (200-medley relay), Luca Dauer (200-medley relay, 200-freestyle relay), Jameson Molesworth (200-medley relay, 200-freestyle relay), Logan Tung (200-freestyle relay) and Torrey Olson-Rodel (400-freestyle relay).

All-state honorable-mention award winners were Olson Rodel (200 IM), Caden Kavanagh (diving), Dauer (100 butterfly), Molesworth (100 breaststroke) and Tung (100 breaststroke). Molesworth (200 medley relay, 100 breaststroke, 200-freestyle relay), Dauer (200-medley relay, 100 butterfly, 200-freestyle relay), Thomas Williams (200-medley relay, 100 backstroke), Tung (200 IM, 200-medley relay, 100 breaststroke, 200-freestyle relay) and Olson Rodel (400-freestyle relay) were All-CLC athletes. Holm, Molesworth, Kavanagh, Williams and Tung also earned honorable-mention status in events at the conference meet.

The Cardinals also stood out in the classroom. Gold Academic Award winners with GPAs of 3.6-4.0 were Hoyt, Ethan Johnson, Zachary Timm, Staples, Erik Schabel, Coltan Koehn, Matthew Meyer, Welle, Erik Reineke and Axel Knudsen. Silver Academic Award Winners with GPAs between 3.0-3.59 were Williams, Eli Biggers, Joel Brault, Olson Rodel, Molesworth, Andrew Johnson and Tung.

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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