Accomplished athletes are not an altogether rare find in small towns such as Hettinger.
By AMY WOLF | For The Record
Accomplished athletes are not an altogether rare find in small towns such as Hettinger. You read about them in this paper on a regular basis. However, it is not every day that you hear about a young girl such as this excelling in a sport that receives little credit or coverage in these rural communities.
Over the weekend, Regan Minh, daughter of Ohnara and Tracy Minh of Hettinger, competed in the North Dakota State Swim Meet in Bismarck. A member of the 10th consecutive state championship team, Aquastorm, she swam in the following events and received the following places in the 11 & 12 year old girl age group: a tie for second in the 50 meter backstroke, fourth in the 100 meter freestyle, fifth in the 50 meter freestyle, fifth in the 100 meter backstroke, sixth in the 50 meter butterfly, seventh in the 200 meter freestyle. She also competed in three relays placing first in the 200 and 400 medley relays, second in the 200 free relay and third in the 400 free relay.
As the current record holder for the second fastest time in the 11 and 12 year old girl’s 50 meter backstroke, Regan has been selected for the North Dakota Zones Team. Her teammates in the same age group come from Bismarck, Williston, Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot and West Fargo. In cities of that size, there are many opportunities provided to them that are not always afforded to those growing up in more rural areas that somewhat make achievements such as this slightly more attainable. However, her small town status never got in Minh’s way.
Even at this young age, she has already been competing for six summers, following closely in the footsteps of her mother. Tracy, a Hettinger native, swam for the Hettinger Stingrays and at the age of 12 was also selected to compete in the North Dakota Zones Team. It is obvious that swimming is in her blood and that she has the same determination and discipline as her mother. But Tracy is only one of the many supporters this young athlete has to back her up. Her father, Ohnara, brother, Parker, grandmother, Delores Galbreth and numerous friends and family members also make up her cheering section.
This year’s North Dakota Zones Team will compete August 7, 8 and 9 at the University of Minnesota. As a part of this team, Minh will be participating in the 50 meter backstroke as well as the relays. This impressive swim meet covers the North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Lake Erie, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Midwestern regions and being named to this team is a huge accomplishment.
Minh and her family are reaching out to the community for your support. It is an amazing opportunity for any athlete to be selected for an advanced team and she is proud to represent Hettinger at this prestigious swim meet.
If you are interested in donating towards Minh’s costs of attending this event, please stop by or call the Hettinger Pool at 701-567-2491. Minh and the staff at the Hettinger Pool will be holding several fundraisers to help Minh in her venture to the next level of swimming competition. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!.