IRON MOUNTAIN - Kingsford, "letting their size and talent shine," swept a high school swim quadrangular Thursday at Northern Lights YMCA.
The Flivver girls, 414, spanked Manistique, 316; Gladstone, 262, and Hancock, 124. Kingsford's boys, 365, swamped Manistique, 215; Gladstone, 40, and Hancock, 29.
"I was a little worried going into the meet because there were a lot of swimmers missing for a special band event and we had just come off of Christmas break where practice attendance had been a little light due to family vacations," Flivver coach Keith Freeman said. "Everyone really pulled together to fill in the gaps in our lineup and put up some outstanding performances.
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Kingsford’s Adam Kuehl (left) and Thomas Hagan (center) along with Gladstone’s Austin Servant hit the water in the 50 freestyle. Kuehl finished in first place with a personal best time of 27.99 while Servant finished second at 28.24.
"With multiple personal bests and many first place finishes, I know that everyone was giving it their all."
Lacey Walsh, 100-yard breastroke winner and part of the 200 medley relay, led the Flivver girls. Olivia Rouleau was a Hancock standout with firsts in 200 IM and 100 butterfly.
Flivvers' Pasha Hammar collected firsts in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly along with the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
200 yard medley relay - Kingsford (Briana Griswold, Lacey Walsh, Maria Pirkola, Catherine Peters), 2:25.34.
200 freestyle - Hannah Heikkinen, H, 2:23.83.
200 IM - Olivia Rouleau, H, 2:23.85.
50 freestyle - Ashley Berthaume, G, 31.69.
100 butterfly - Olivia Rouleau, H, 1:09.88.
100 freestyle - Maria Pirkola, K, 1:01.99.
500 freestyle - Josie Gardner, G, 6:08.49.
200 freestyle relay - Manistique (Genna Rice, Carolyn Mooi, Morgan Kangas, Lily Boudreau), 2:08.72.
100 backstroke - Sam Stoll, M, 1:19.61.
100 breaststroke - Lacey Walsh, K, 1:23.94.
400 freestyle relay - Manisique (Kangas, Mooi, Boudreau, Stoll), 4:54.99.
200-yard medley relay - Kingsford (Tanner Walsh, Keith Holmes, Pasha Hammar, Steve Raboin), 2:10.30.
200 freestyle - Noble Rundman, H, 2:11.63.
200 IM - Hammar, K, 2:32.86.
50 freestyle - Adam Kuehl, K, 27.99.
100 butterfly - Hammar, K, 1:09.59.
100 freestyle - Aaron Pope, K, 1:04.21.
500 freestyle - Walsh, K, 6:15.39.
200 freestyle relay - Kingsford (Pope, Raboin, Holmes, Hammar), 1:50.09.
100 backstroke - Jared Johnson-Helman, M, 1:17.82.
100 breaststroke - Holmes, K, 1:21.34.
400 freestyle relay - Kingsford (Leo Stelmaszek, Kristian Stenvig, Walsh, David Plumley), 4:27.27.
The Gladstone Braves had some success in the first swim meet in program history. The team brought nine girls and two boys.
Ashley Berthaume and Josie Gardner paced the Braves. Berthaume finished first in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle. Gardner raced to a first place finish in the 500 freestyle and was second in the 200 IM. Kayla Wiltzius and Nicolle Trudeau were third and fourth respectively in the 200 freestyle. Trudeau also finished second in the 100 breaststroke. Katie Wyman and Brooke Douglas were second and third respectively in the 100 backstroke.
On the boys side Austin Servant secured second place finishes in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
"The swimmers were nervous and very excited to compete at the high school level for the first time," said Braves coach Tom Desy. "They swam very well. We had a couple more swimmers than Hancock, but both Kingsford and Manistique each had large teams."
Gladstone will swim at the Marquette Splash on Jan. 12