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Swimming and diving: Cards wrap up season of improvement

Alexandria’s Summer Overland swims during a home meet against Sartell on Sept. 11. Overland, an 8th-grader, shared Rookie of the Year honors with fellow 8th-grader Brooklyn Millward this season. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 6
Lauren Russell2 / 6
Brooklyn Millward3 / 6
Staci Nohl4 / 6
Kaylee Weigel5 / 6
McKenna Horan6 / 6

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team went straight from the state meet into its season-ending awards banquet a few days later.

The Cardinals capped off the season by having the 400-freestyle relay team of McKenna Horan, Jadeya Peterson, Hattie Galloway and Ashtyn Molesworth finish 16th in the Class A meet.

Horan was awarded as Alexandria's top point-getter through the season. Lauren Russell earned the Hardest Worker Award, which was voted on by her teammates. Staci Nohl took home the Top-20 Award. The Best Teammate Award went to Kaylee Weigel, while Summer Overland and Brooklyn Millward shared the Rookie of the Year honor. Jewel Sainz and Kenzie Weigel were also voted as team captains for next season.

Molesworth, Peterson and Horan earned all-conference awards. The Cardinals earned a top honor out of the pool, as well, as Alexandria got the Gold Academic Award with a cumulative GPA of 3.91.

Alexandria started its season with a tie against Melrose before losing five straight. The Cardinals improved from there, winning their next five duals against Little Falls, Rocori, Willmar, Fergus Falls and St. Cloud Apollo.

Peterson, Addison Rodel, Russell, Erin O'Kane, Kaylee Weigel, Nohl, Brinna Murray and Kodi Bunderman were all seniors who will have to be replaced from this team.

The Cardinals had a lot of younger athletes in their varsity lineup this season who all gained valuable experience heading into the offseason.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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