2017-12-07 / Sports

Hoenke and Burns take the lead


The Manistique Emeralds held their first swim meet of the 2017-18 season hosting Marquette Tuesday evening. The girls 200 freestyle relay teams stand on deck waiting further instruction from the referee. 
Pioneer Tribune photo The Manistique Emeralds held their first swim meet of the 2017-18 season hosting Marquette Tuesday evening. The girls 200 freestyle relay teams stand on deck waiting further instruction from the referee. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – It was an exciting night for the Manistique swim team Tuesday. They hosted their first home meet, took direction from a new coaching staff, and were fortunate enough to have years of MHS swim coaching staff participate in the meet from the sidelines.

At the helm of this year’s boys and girls teams are Gwen Hoenke and Jackie Burns. Although they may be new to the coaching scene, they both have valued experience in the pool.

For the newly appointed, their concerns overseeing their first meet was calmed by knowing they had years of experience at their disposal on deck working meet from the sidelines.

Diane Stimac, who coached the girls when the program started at MHS in 1976, was at the score table taking stats, as well as Bonnie Hoedel, who took over the program when Stimac transferred to the athletic director position.


Above, Joe Barr competes in the 100 butterfly. Below, Abby Burnham on the diving board. 
Pioneer Tribune photos Above, Joe Barr competes in the 100 butterfly. Below, Abby Burnham on the diving board. Pioneer Tribune photos Refereeing the meet was longtime coach Barb Landis who filled Hoedels’ shoes after her tenure.

Landis went on to coach the Emeralds through the 2005 season and has returned to ref home meets when her schedule allows.

From 2005-07, the Emeralds were lead by Lindsey Yates.

The final previous coach, also in attendance helping at the score table, was Beth Aldrich who was at the Emerald helm for the last 10 seasons.

Although the squad for the 2017-18 season is small, both Burns and Hoenke agree this will be a growing year for both them and the athletes.

They don’t look to take meets with points collectively as a team, but they are confident they have swimmers who will be posting records as individuals.

For the Emerald boys, they fell to the Redmen 44-93.

Filling every available empty lane on the girls’ side, the Redmen also out-scored the Lady Emeralds 105-68.

Taking first place in the 50 freestyle for the Emeralds was Joe Barr, with a time of 27:30 and 100 butterfly with a time of 1:06:25.

Barr also took a first in the 400 free relay with teammates Darren Hicks, Joey VanDyck, and Darren Mc- Caffrey.

Placing first for the girls was Abby Burnham in the 50 freestyle with a time of 31:95 and in diving with a score of 144.75.

Megan Espinoza took a first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 8:47:23.

The 200 girls freestyle relay team of Burnham, Erica LaBar, Anna VanDyck, and Shelby Misniakiewiczs took first with a time of 2:29:39.

The final first place achieved by the Emeralds in their season opener was by VanDyck in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:30:55.


It may have been Gwen Hoenke and Jackie Burns first home swim meet of the season, but there was plenty of support and past experience on hand to assist. Seated from left are former coaches: Bonnie Hoedel and Diane Stimac. Standing from left are Gwen Hoenke and Jackie Burns, along with former coaches Beth Aldrich and Barb Landis. 
Pioneer Tribune photo It may have been Gwen Hoenke and Jackie Burns first home swim meet of the season, but there was plenty of support and past experience on hand to assist. Seated from left are former coaches: Bonnie Hoedel and Diane Stimac. Standing from left are Gwen Hoenke and Jackie Burns, along with former coaches Beth Aldrich and Barb Landis. Pioneer Tribune photo Second place finishes boys: 200 medley relay, Mc- Caffrey, Barr, Hicks, VanDyck, 2:37:02; 50 freestyle, Joey VanDyck, 40:15; 500 freestyle, Mathers Alceno Matos, 8:36:39; 100 breaststroke, Hicks, 1:28:70.

Second place finishes girls: 200 medley relay, Melanie Jones, Misniakiewicz, Maddie Schwartz, Espinosa, 2:50:21; 100 backstroke, Jones, 1:33:13; 100 breaststroke, Schwartz, 1:38:73.

Third place finishes boys: 100 freestyle, Darren Hicks, 1:12:29.

Third place finishes girls: 200 freestyle, LaBar, 3:11:06; 200 IM, Jones, 3:33:97; 100 free style, LaBar, 1:23:55; 400 free relay, 7:22:78.

Looking forward, the Emeralds are scheduled to compete in Kingsford Dec. 12 and will not return to compete in the pool until after the new year.

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