Kingsford swim squad has UP Finals experience

Swimming

KINGSFORD — Kingsford graduated three vital members of last year’s swim team.

But the returning swimmers provide hope for a successful season.

Kingsford graduated team captain, MVP and All-UP selection Toni DeMerse along with Kim Glanville and Cameron Mulka.

“All three were an important part of the team,” said Flivver coach Jim Lindstrom. “Kim was a real supportive person on the team and always there for her teammates. Cameron was leadoff man in the 200 medley relay and qualified in the backstroke and butterfly at finals.

“While we will miss them greatly we have some really good swimmers ready to step in for them.”

Junior Emily Bruns returns to the team and Kolbe Raiche is the lone freshman on the co-op squad.

Emily is a really good backstroker and 500 freestyler,” Lindstrom said. “Kolbe is also a very good backstroker who will step in for Cameron in the relay.”

Raiche and sophomore Trinity Kinnunen join the Flivvers from the Northern Lights YMCA team.

“I cannot stress enough how much the Y team contributes to our success,” Lindstrom said. “They have a top notch program that is really growing. I have had a great time working with John Leech and his staff.”

All of Kingsford’s returning letter-winners made the UP Finals team.

Senior captain Hailey Johnson is the team record-holder in three events. Caleb Plumley, another senior captain, won the 500 free and was second in the 100 breaststroke at UP Finals.

For the girls, Lindstrom said juniors Ailie Schoenborn and Tianna Brooks have “looked really sharp in practice.”

“Returning sophomores Kendall Johnson and Emily Nelson have looked good as well,” Lindstrom said. “We have four first-time swimmers in Mackenzie Rundell, Ia Berozashuili, Kelsey Koehler and Morgan Owens that have been picking it up rather quickly.

“For the boys, sophomores John Lundholm, Luke Sturm, junior Shane Brooks and senior Joe Bachand have also been working extra hard this season.”

Two other first-time swimmers are sophomores Sam Bilgreen and Clayton Paradise.

“Sam has been with us since the start of the season and is progressing very well,” Lindstrom said. “Clayton was a late comer to the team but he has displayed some good athletic ability.”

Kingsford starts the season Tuesday, meeting Ishpeming at Northern Lights YMCA.

“While our numbers are up we really could use four more girls and seven more boys to have a full team,” Lindstrom said. “We are still accepting kids to join us.”

Roster follows (* indicates letter-winner):

GIRLS

Sophomores — Kendall Johnson (*), Trinity Kinnunen, Emily Nelson (*), Mackenzie Rundell

Juniors — Ia Berozashuili, Tianna Brooks (*), Emily Bruns (*), Kelsey Koehler, Morgan Owens, Ailie Schoenborn (*)

Senior — Hailey Johnson (*)

BOYS

Freshman — Kolbe Raiche

Sophomores — Sam Bilgreen, John Lundholm (*), Luke Sturm (*), Clayton Paradise

Juniors — Shane Brooks (*)

Seniors — Joe Bachand (*), Caleb Plumley (*)