From: Chris Mayer, head coach


The Winhawk Girls Swim and Dive program had their last home meet of the season last Tuesday night versus the defending Big 9 and Section 1AA champions, the Rochester Century Panthers. It was a very good meet for our girls, and they left with their chins up after losing the meet to the Panthers, 91 to 87.

It being our last home meet, we decided to honor our seniors and let them do a senior medley relay. We took third in the relay, and that is quite alright. It was awesome to watch them swim this last relay and remember that they began as little girls and have grown up to become amazing women. I am so proud of who they have become. Anna McCormick swam the backstroke leg, Emily swam her normal breaststroke, Anna MacLennan kicked butt in her butterfly swim, and Raquel Castañon brought home a speedy freestyle to finish in 2:13.24 minutes.

Anna Mac hopped out of the relay and joined up with Ava Pike to go second and third in the 200 freestyle, Anna in 2:11.36 minutes and Ava in 2:12.81. 

Abby Williams continues to drop time and crushed the 200 individual medley, winning with a 2:20.85 finish. For reference, that is the ninth fastest time in Winona Senior High history. Grace Nelson improved her swims and took fourth place with her 2:34.70 time. 

The 50 free was a speedy event, and we saw Century’s firepower as we took fourth and fifth. Emily touched fourth with her 27.64-second finish and Maddie Modjeski was fifth with her time of 29.11.

Ayanna continues to stay steady on the board as she picked up a second place finish with her 157.30 performance in diving. Jessica Beguin is improving rapidly and picked up 5th place with her 127.30.

Abby had another great swim in the 100 butterfly, this time taking second with her 1:04.63 finish. Harper Wolner was working on her underwater techniques and swam those perfectly as she took fifth with her 1:09.53 finish.

The 100 free was a strong race as Ava P. took on Century’s number one sprinter and finished second with her 58.92 time. Erica Beckman continues to improve and drop time as she took fourth with 1:02.95.

The 500 was a great race to cheer on our girls as Grace Nelson, who has been inching closer and closer to her personal best, crushed it tonight by a full second with her second place finish of 5:54.54 minutes. McCormick swam her in-season best of 6:17.81, which was a 25 second drop in time from the previous swim, and took fifth place. What an improvement.

The 200 freestyle relay was a very fun and close race to watch. Anna Mac, Emily, Ava P., and Abby took on Century’s top girls and pulled out a win by 0.12 seconds, finishing in 1:46.22 to Century’s 1:46.34. This is the 15th fastest time in Winona Senior High history, and every relay that is ahead of them was swam at the end of the season at sections or the state meet. I am hoping that these girls keep crushing this relay and swim incredibly fast at the end.

By this time, Century had scored enough points to win the meet and went exhibition, and that’s alright as our girls had some great swims and their chins are up high ready for this past weekend’s big True Team meet. Since Century went exhibition, we went 1-2-3 for each event, but I’ll give what their placings would have been.

Anna Mac would have taken second in the 100 back stroke with 1:06.49. Harper would have placed fifth with 1:10.65.

Emily would have taken third in the 100 breaststroke against Century’s top athletes, swimming a 1:16.04. Hannah Benter would have taken fifth with her great swim of 1:31.34.

And the last relay, the 400 freestyle relay, we would have taken second with another new in-season best time of 3:58.16 minutes. That was the team of Pike, Wolner, Modjeski, and Williams.

The last home meet of the season, it’s a bittersweet night. We get to honor the seniors and all they have contributed, but the realization that the season is drawing to a close is nipping at the back of your heel. I hope they all had an emotional and great night and we wish all those seniors the best as they move forward in life.