Athlete of the Week this week, is Crookston Pirate Girls Swimmer, Kate
MacGregor. The senior captain is advancing to her fifth straight state swim
meet this weekend after she won the 100 backstroke, while breaking her own
school record at the Section 8A Swimming and Diving meet in Grand Rapids on
Kate broke school records in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly and was part of the school record breaking 200 Medley Relay team (Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman, and Elizabeth Erdman) on Saturday. She finished in third place in the 100 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay, and she was part of the fifth place 200 medley relay team. “Kate is a hard worker and a great finesse swimmer and is great in the water technique-wise,” said Pirate Girls Swim Coach Marley Melbye. “It is a huge achievement for Kate, to be able to say she has made it to state five consecutive years in multiple events. That is a great achievement and she has worked her tail off to get where she is.”
As an eighth grader, Kate was part of the 200 Freestyle Relay that competed at state. As a Freshman, she swam in three events at the state swim meet, the 100 Butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 free relay. As a Sophomore she swam in the 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle relays and the 100 backstroke at state. Last year she swam in 400 freestyle relay, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
On Sunday, Kate signed a National Letter of Intent to go to school and swim at Minnesota State Moorhead next year. She is hoping to major in Art Education.
Kate is a member of the Crookston Pirate Dance and track teams and is also involved in the LEO Club, Student Council, plays the cello in the orchestra, National Honor Society, and honor roll.
First started swimming - First grade
Favorite Event - 100 Backstroke
Hardest Event - 200 IM
Favorite Pool - Bemidji
Biggest thrill in your athletic career thus far- Making it to state five times in a row.
Favorite sports team - Minnesota Gophers
Favorite player/athlete - Aly Raisman
Last movie you’ve seen - Thor
Favorite TV program - Gossip Girl
Favorite food - Anything pasta related
Do you have a pre-meet ritual – Head to the blocks early and stretch
What music are you listening to – Pop and oldies
Something about you that people don’t know - I never passed swimming lessons
Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you – Merran Dingmann, Thea Oman, and Elizabeth Erdman
Do you have any plans yet after high school - Go to Minnesota State Moorhead to swim and major in Art Education.
Dad - Scott (American Crystal Sugar Company)
Mom - Kris (School Psychologist for the Area Special Education Cooperative)
Sister – Alex (Junior at MSUM)
Brother - Andrew (Freshman at Crookston High School)
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