Flivvers’ one-two punch decks Emeralds, Patriots
MANISTIQUE — One-two finishes propelled Kingsford past Westwood and Manistique in a high school swim meet Thursday.
The Flivver girls, 136, downed Westwood, 82, and Manistique, 68. Kingsford boys, 115; dunked the Patriots, 86, and Emeralds, 56.
“The girls went one-two in the first three events and never looked back,” said Kingsford Coach Jim Lindstrom, noting the team finished one-two in five of the 12 events and won three others.
Medley relay’s Emily Bruns, Hailey Johnson, Kendall Johnson and Ailie Schoenborn took first while Emily Nelson, Trinity Kinnunen, Tiana Brooks and Morgan Owens placed second.
Bruns and Nelson led the 200 free, followed by Hailey Johnson and Schoenborn in the 200 IM.
Kendall Johnson won the 50 free and teamed with Tiana Brooks to go one-two in the 100 fly.
“Team Emily (Bruns and Nelson) did it again going one-two in the 100 back,” Lindstrom said.
Hailey Johnson won the 100 breast.
“Tiana Brooks finished second in the 500 free,” Lindstrom said. “That’s the first time she ever swam it.”
Bruns, Hailey Johnson, Kendall Johnson and Schoenborn won the 400 free relay.
“Four of our first-year swimmers (Kelsey Koehler, Clover Steva, Ia Berozashuili and Morgan Owens) that had absolutely no swimming experience added a third in the 400 free relay,” Lindstrom said. “Our first-year swimmers are really progressing at a rapid pace. It’s nice to see their confidence building.”
For the boys, Kolbe Raiche and Luke Sturm went one-two in the 200 free while Joe Bachand and John Lundholm topped the 200 IM.
All three relays were winners — 200 medley with John Lundholm, Caleb Plumley, Joe Bachand and Shane Brooks; 200 free relay with Sam Bilgreen, Sturm, Raiche and Lundholm; 400 free relay with Brooks, Raiche, Bachand and Plumley.
Double winners were Plumley, 100 fly and 100 back; Raiche, 200 and 500 free; and Brooks, 50 and 100 free.
Bachand added a third in 100 fly and Sam Bilgreen had a third in 100 free.
“Sam has really improved for a first-year swimmer,” Lindstrom said.
Kingsford competes Tuesday in Marquette.
“The boys and girls had a really good day,” Lindstrom said. “It was nice for once to have a tri-meet where we weren’t outnumbered.”