Top stories of 2013 – No. 8: Majettes reclaim swimming title

Without question, Minot High has the most storied swimming and diving program in the state. In November, the Majettes added another chapter, winning their first state title since 2008 – the 23rd girls title in school history.

The four-year drought was the program’s second-longest dry spell.

“It’s been a long time,” Minot coach Dan Hinton said. “It’s nice to have the title back in the West (Region). It’s nice to have the title back in Minot High’s pool. It means a lot to the program.”

Junior Francesca Walker-Rozo and sophomore Emily Hamel turned in clutch performances to win the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay, and Hamel took the top spot in the 50 freestyle.

Walker-Rozo, Hamel, McKenna Brown, Sarah Bogenrief, Sydney Clark and Devin Scott garnered all-state honors for the winning squad.

“I really wanted these girls, especially the seniors, to understand what it feels like to be a state champion like so many Majette swimmers have,” Hinton said.