Swim opener a battle
MANISTIQUE – Opening the season against a power house like Marquette, Emerald Swim Coach Beth Aldrich could only be optimistic about the final score. With 40 plus Redmen competitors filling the lanes, the Emerald’s first swim match of the season was out of their reach.
The Emerald boys dropped a 137-36 decision to the visiting swimmers The girls also came up short, losing by the score of 145- 27.
With only nine practices under their belt before officially starting the season, Aldrich was pleased with her team’s performance.
Going into her seventh season as coach, she was thrilled to find out the freshman coming in knew all basic strokes. At this point it is a matter of getting them into the pool and fine-tuning technique, skill level and endurance with laps – more laps and more laps.
With only seven boys on the roster and 14 girls, Aldrich said it will be difficult to fill lanes for all events. In this season’s opener, Aldrich opted not to participate in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter butterfly.
“With only nine practices so far this season, I couldn’t put my new swimmers into these physical events,” she said. “As the season moves on and they become stronger, we will filling these lanes.”
Sophmore Allison Halpin was the lone Emerald swimmer to take a first place finish. Halpin finished the 50-meter free style is a time of 29.13.
The girls’ squad was also the only one to post second place finishes. Morgan Kangas finished the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:15.14. As members of the 200-meter free relay team, Halpin and Kangas, along with Brittany Zellar and Cassidy Garvin finished the eight lap race with a time of 2:15.09.
First place finishes:
Girls: Allison Halpin, 50-meter freestyle, 29.13.
Second place finishes:
Girls: Morgan Kangas, 100-meter freestyle, 1:15.14; Kangas, Brittany Zellar, Cassidy Garvin, Halpin, 200-meter free relay, 2:15.09.
Third place finishes:
Boys: Trevor Ayotte, Caleb Swanson, Robert Ayotte, Ryan Ramey, 200-meter medley relay, 2:30.43; P.J. Birr, 200-meter freestyle, 2:25.49; R. Ayotte, 50-meter freestyle, 28.32; R. Ayotte, 100-meter freestyle, 1:04.53;Ramey, Dan Phillips, T. Ayotte, Birr, 200-meter freestyle relay, 2:14.48; Phillips, 100-meter back stroke, 1:52.57; Swanson, 100-meter breast stroke; 1:55.73; Ramey, Birr, Swanson, R. Ayotte, 400-meter free relay, 4:49.75.
Girls: Zellar, Alycia Stoll, Kangas, Garvin, 200-meter medley relay, 2:48.07; Halpin, 500-meter freestyle, 7:19.80; Jamie Erickson, 100-meter backstroke, 1:32.56; Kangas, Zellar, Brandi Minor, Halpin, 400-meter free relay, 5:18.49.
Fourth place finishes:
Boys: Ramey, 50-meter freestyle, 31.15; Birr, 500-meter freestyle, 6:38.57; T. Ayotte, 100-meter breast stroke, 1:48.74.
Girls: Erickson, Emily Bauman, Minor, Alexandra McKinney, 200-meter medley relay, 2:48.84; Mandy Swayer, 200-meter freestyle, 2:56.60; Callie Ansell, 50-meter freestyle, 37:50; Swayer,
100-meter freestyle, 1:21.30; Stoll, Swayer, Ansell, Minor, 200-meter free relay, 2:35.13; Zellar, 100-meter back stroke, 1:36.18; Stoll, 100-meter breast stroke, 1:48.56.
Fifth place finishes:
Boys: T. Ayotte, 200-meter freestyle, 3:06.58; Swanson 100-meter breast stroke, 1:55.73.
Girls: Garvin, 500-meter freestyle, 8:07.69; Erickson, McKinney, Abigail Schwartz, Bauman, 200-meter free relay, 2:37.48; Ansell, 100-meter breaststroke, 2:02.13; Bauman, Ansell, Erickson, Garvin, 400-meter free relay, 5:55.52
Sixth place finishes:
Boys: Phillips, 50-meter freestyle, 35.50; Phillips, 100-meter freestyle, 1:26.56.
Girls: Bauman, 100-meter freestyle, 1:28.19; Minor, 500-meter freestyle, 8:07.7; McKinney, 100-meter back stroke, 1:47.65; Schwartz, 100-meter breast stroke, 2:07.86.