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Winger earns MVP award for swimmers

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team put the finishing touches on its season by handing out its team awards, with senior Madalyn Winger being named the MVP.

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Senior MVP Madalyn Winger swims the 500 freestyle during a meet against St. Cloud Tech on October 14. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls swimming and diving team put the finishing touches on its season by handing out its team awards, with senior Madalyn Winger being named the MVP.

Winger also earned the Hardest Worker Award. She finished fifth in the 500 freestyle at the Section 6A meet and 10th in the 200 freestyle. She also joined the 200 freestyle relay team to take sixth and the 400 freestyle relay team that finished fifth.
Freshman Abby Bartosiewski was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. Sophomore Rachel Kriese took home the Diver of the Year Award after placing sixth at the section meet. Sophomore Mikayla Meece earned the Cardinal Award. Senior Alyssa Welle got the Teammate Award, freshman Cassie Corson was most improved and senior Bailey Serum took home the Leadership Award.
The Cardinals finished the season with a 4-6 dual-meet record behind a relatively young roster. They finished sixth at the Central Lakes Conference meet and then took third as a team at the Section 6A meet in Morris.
The Cardinals were also successful in the classroom where first-year head coach Richard Smith said they finished with a team GPA of 3.64.

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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