2018-01-11 / Sports

Coed swim times drop in the start of New Year


The Emeralds were back competing in the pool Monday after the holiday break. The time away from competition was put to good use as many of the athletes are dropping seconds off their times and perfecting their strokes. At top, Darren Hicks competes in the 200 individual medley. Pictured in the middle, Maddie Schwartz waits for Erica LaBar to complete her laps in the 200 medley relay. At right, Bradley Haggerty in the 50 free style. 
Joe LeBlanc photos The Emeralds were back competing in the pool Monday after the holiday break. The time away from competition was put to good use as many of the athletes are dropping seconds off their times and perfecting their strokes. At top, Darren Hicks competes in the 200 individual medley. Pictured in the middle, Maddie Schwartz waits for Erica LaBar to complete her laps in the 200 medley relay. At right, Bradley Haggerty in the 50 free style. Joe LeBlanc photos MANISTIQUE – The Emerald coed swim team is back in competition in the New Year after the holiday break.

The separation from competing seemed to help the Emeralds as they used that time to continue to train and improve their times.

In Monday night’s meet against Ishpeming/ Negaunee, Erica LaBar and Megan Espinoza placed first and second, respectively, in the 200 freestyle, both dropping their times. LaBar swam in 2:58:19, taking 13 seconds off her time. Espinoza posted a 3:02.33, dropping 18 seconds from her last meet.

Maddie Schwartz placed first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:39.64.

Placing first in diving for the girls was Abby Burnham with 162.3.

For the boys, Joe Barr took first in the backstroke with a time of 1:11.62.

Several swimmers had notable achievements. Bradley Haggerty swam in his first relay at a swim meet. Anna VanDyck, Maddie Schwartz, and Darren Hicks all legally swam all four strokes in the 200 individual medley.

The girls ended the meet losing 92-72. With a full slate of swimmers coming up against the light roster Emerald boys, Ishpeming posted a 125 to the Emeralds’ 44.

“Overall, Coach Burns and I are both very proud of all the accomplishments our swimmers have been making this season,” stated Coach Gwen Hoenke. “They have been working hard; their hard work is quite evident when looking at the time drops swimmers have been making at the swim meets.”

The Emeralds were back in the pool at home after press time Wednesday against Gladstone. They are scheduled at home again Jan. 17 against Rudyard/Sault and Kingsford.

First place finishes:

Boys: Darren McCaffrey, Joe Barr, Darren Hicks, Joey Van- Dyck, 200 medley relay, 2:28.23; Barr, 100 backstroke, 1:11.62

Girls: Erica LaBar, 200 freestyle, 2:58.19; Maddie Schwartz, 100 breaststroke, 1:39.64

Second place finishes:

Boys: Hicks, 200 individual medley, 2:55.53; Barr, 100 butterfly, 1:14.98; Hicks, 100 breaststroke, 1:27.04

Girls: Erica LaBar, Maddie Schwartz, Anna VanDyck, Abby Burnham, 200 medley relay, 2:54.19; Meg Espinoza, 200 freestyle, 3:02.33; VanDyck, 200 individual medley, 3:41.19; Melanie Jones, 50 freestyle, 37.14; La- Bar, 500 freestyle, 7:50.8; Shelby Misniakiewicz, Elle Pugh, Espinoza,

Jones, 200 freestyle relay, 2:36.21; VanDyck, 100 backstroke, 1:29.91; Misniakiewicz, 100 breaststroke, 1:43.75; Pugh, Espinoza, Burnham, LaBar, 400 freestyle relay, 5:35.65

Third place finishes:

Boys: McCaffrey, 100 butterfly, 2:26.56; McCaffrey, 500 freestyle, 8:52.06; Matheus Alceno Matos, VanDyck, Bradley Haggerty, McCaffrey, 200 freestyle relay, 2:29.85

Girls: Schwartz, 200 individual medley, 3:43.46; Pugh, 50 freestyle, 39.96; Misniakiewicz, 100 butterfly, 1:59.2; Burnham, 100 freestyle, 1:15.41; Jones, 100 backstroke, 1:31.31; Jones, Van- Dyck, Misniakiewicz, Schwartz, 400 free relay, 6:04.37

Fourth place finishes:

Boys: Haggerty, 50 freestyle, 49.57; VanDyck, diving, 100.7; Haggerty, 100 freestyle, 2:04.55

Fifth place finishes:

Girls: Espinoza, 100 freestyle, 1:23.83

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