ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Century Panthers Girls Swim and Dive team won its first Big 9 Title over the weekend, the first in the school’s 21-year history. Their leading point scorer this year was junior Morgan Kram.
“It meant a lot to us to know that we accomplished that big thing we’ve wanted,” she said.
In addition to being part of two winning relay teams at the Big 9 meet, Kram won the 50 yard free style – earning her the title as the fastest girl in the conference.
“I wasn’t expecting that at all,” Kram said. “I was just going out there and swimming as hard as I could.”
Kram was victorious from the outer lanes, usually reserved for the less fast swimmers. Her victory even shocked Panthers Head Coach Dale Magnuson.
“She surprised all of us coming out of Lane 7 as the 50 [yard] freestyle winner,” he said. “I don’t remember the last time we had a winner in the 50 freestyle at the conference meet. She was not the favorite on Saturday at all, and for her to come out like that was incredible.”
Last year, Kram was an All-Conference swimmer, and made the state meet. This year, she has her eyes on making it to the state finals, where she’s never been before.
“Dale will always say ‘How hard do you want this?'” she said. “How hard can I push myself now to get what I want at the end of the season?”
Morgan is undecided on if she wants to swim at the next level, but her head coach — a former college swimmer himself — says she has what it takes.
“She could easily go on to swim in college. Morgan’s got all the potential in the world to pretty much do what she wants to do, and once she recognizes more of her potential, she’s really going to go far.”
Morgan Krum, the fastest swimmer in the Big 9, is this week’s KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.