2013-12-26 / Sports

Swim posts first win


As the lone girl diver Thursday, senior Veronica Norbotten took to the board to take a first place finish for the Emeralds. Her efforts helped secure six points in the 90-78 victory over Ishpeming-Negaunuee. 
Joe LeBlanc photo As the lone girl diver Thursday, senior Veronica Norbotten took to the board to take a first place finish for the Emeralds. Her efforts helped secure six points in the 90-78 victory over Ishpeming-Negaunuee. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – It was a busy schedule last week for the Emerald swim team, who had two meets on the road and concluded the schedule at home on Thursday.

Following two losses for the boys’ and girls’ on the road at the Sault on Dec. 16 and Kingsford on the other end of the Peninsula on Dec. 17, the Emerald girls recorded their first win of the season on Thursday.

The 90-78 win came behind the strong performances of Allison Halpin, Cassidy Garvin, Brandi Minor, Morgan Kangas and Brittany Zellar.

The Emerald boys lost their meet 104-39. Swimmers PJ Birr and Robert Ayotte both posted personal bests at the competition.

As they progress further into the season, Coach Beth Aldrich stated the young teams are still struggling to win meets.


Robert Ayotte takes a breath while competing in the 200 individual medley. Ayotte took first with a time of 2:54:56 
Joe LeBlanc photo Robert Ayotte takes a breath while competing in the 200 individual medley. Ayotte took first with a time of 2:54:56 Joe LeBlanc photo “As the weeks progress, we are still struggling to win meets, although our times are continuing to fall,” said Aldrich.

We have had a very busy December and are looking forward to having more time to train in the next month.

During the break, the Emeralds will travel to Gladstone on Dec. 28.

First place finishes:

Boys: Robert Ayotte, 200-meter individual medley, 2:54.56.

Girls: Allison Halpin, 200-meter individual medley, 3:01.61; Morgan Kangas, 50-meter free style, 31:67; Veronica Norbotten, diving; Brandi Minor, 100-meter butterfly, 1:35.52; Halpin, 100-meter free style, 1:03.40; Kangas, Brittany Zellar, Cassidy Garvin, Halpin, 200-meter free relay, 2:11.26; Kangas, Zellar, Garvin, Halpin, 400-meter free relay, 5:04.52.

Second place finishes:

Boys: P.J. Birr, 200-meter free style, 2:22.05; Trevor Ayotte, 50-meter free style, 32:24; R. Ayotte, 100-meter free style, 1:03.07; Birr, 500-meter free style, 6:29.74; Caleb Swanson, T. Ayotte, Birr, R. Ayotte, 200-meter free relay, 2:05.18; Birr, Swanson, T. Ayotte, R. Ayotte, 400-meter free relay, 4:40.98.

Girls: Zellar, Emily Bauman, Kangas, Garvin, 200-meter medley relay, 2:39.94; Mandy Swayer, 200-meter free style, 2:58.59; Garvin, 500-meter free style, 7:38.93; Zellar, 100-meter back stroke, 1:23.08.

Third place finishes:

Boys: Dan Phillips, 100-meter free style, 1:20.11; Phillips, 100-meter back stroke, 1:52.65; Swanson, 100-meter breast stroke, 1:56.06.

Girls: Jamie Erickson, Ally Stoll, Minor, Calli Ansell, 200-meter medley relay, 2:46.34; Ally McKinney, 200-meter free style, 3:03.21; Erickson, 50-meter free style 35:81; Erickson, 100-meter back stroke, 1:30.47; Bauman 1:44.70; Minor, Ansell, McKinney, Swayer, 400-meter free relay, 5:41.48.

Fourth place finishes:

Girls: Abby Schwartz, 50-meter free style, 40:03; Swayer, 100-meter free style, 1:22.33; Bauman, 500-meter free style, 9:08.20; Ansell, Schwartz, Swayer, Minor, 200-meter free relay, 2:34.65; McKinney, 100-meter back stroke, 1:46; Ally Stoll, 100-meter breast stroke, 1:47.75.

Fifth place finishes:

Girls: Stoll, 200-meter free style, 3:11.22; Erickson, McKinney, Stoll, Bauman, 200-meter free relay, 2:36.94; Ansell, 100-meter breast stroke, 1:48.75.

Sixth place finishes:

Girls: Schwartz, 100-meter free style, 1:30.47.

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