By PATRICK SLACK
With only one graduate from last year’s squad, the Holdingford girls swimming and diving team returns a much more experienced roster than a year ago as the program continues to grow.
Additionally, the Huskers will join the West Central Conference (WCC) after competing independently last year.
Among the top returning swimmers from a Holdingford team that went 6-6-1 last fall are seniors Alicia Thell (200 IM/backstroke) and Briana DeZurik (50/100 freestyle), juniors Megan Auger (200/500 freestyle) and Jodi Middendorf (diving) and sophomore Gabby Langerud (50 free/100 fly), with Langerud holding the school record in the 100 fly.
New athletes expected to contribute for Holdingford include freshmen Maddie Christensen (50 free/100 fly/100 backstroke), Liz Solarz (200 free/500 free), Meghan Mokhtary (200 IM/breaststroke), Jody Scegura (200 free/500 free) and Haley Auger (200 IM/100 breaststroke) and eighth grader Cassi Schwantz (diving).
Seniors on this year’s team include DeZurik, Abby Schwartz, Tiffany Skwira, Ashley Sobania and Thell.
Graduating from last year’s team was Sam Hellmann.
“I expect our team to continue to grow in numbers and for all swimmers and divers to build upon the success from last year,” head coach April Theis said.
Holdingford opens the season at Sauk Rapids-Rice, Thursday.
The Huskers’ first home meet is against Staples-Motley, Aug. 30.