Swimming: Relays help Flivvs sweep Gladstone
IRON MOUNTAIN — Kingsford swam past Gladstone in a high school swim meet Thursday at the Northern Lights YMCA pool.
Peyton Johnson’s firsts in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke propelled the Flivver girls past the Braves 105-60.
“Peyton has been phenomenal all season,” said Kingsford Coach Jim Lindstrom. “No one has been even close to her in any of her races.”
The Flivvers also had firsts from Ailie Schoenborn, 100 free, and Samantha Scott, 500 free.
“We may have not had a lot of individual wins but the girls took all three relays and went one-two in the 400 free relays while taking first and third in the other two,” Lindstrom said. “We were missing a few girls but the first-year swimmers really stepped up and provided the depth we needed.”
Lindstrom cited first-year swimmers Christina Hansen and Emily Curtis for placing third and fourth, respectively, in the 50 free. Free-styler Ailie Schoenborn swam a personal best in the 200 IM (2:45.33).
“This is what makes this group of girls special,” Lindstrom said. “They are willing to do whatever it takes to win without complaining.
Winning relay teams were comprised of Samantha Scott, Tiana Brooks, Sydney Scott and Schoenborn in 200 medley; Emily Bruns, Sydney Scott, Schoenborn and Johnson in 200 free; and Bruns, Brooks, Samantha Scott and Johnson in 400 free.
Kolbe Raiche, Luke Sturm and Shane Brook each had a pair of firsts to lead the Kingsford boys past Gladstone 74-70.
“Kolbe just continues to get better every week,” Lindstrom said of the 200 free and 100 backstroke winner. “He is one of the hardest workers in practice and sets a great example of what it takes to be the best.”
Sturm won the 500 free and 100 breaststroke.
“The 500 and the 100 breast are only one event apart and he went back to back with the 100 breast and 400 free relay,” said Lindstrom, noting Sturm did 700 yards of racing in about 15 minutes.
Brooks captured the 50 and 100 free, and also sparked the 200 medley and 500 free relay to come from behind wins. John Lundholm too the 200 IM.
In the relay wins, Raiche, Sturm, Lundholm and Brooks teamed up in the 200 medley; and Raiche, Sam Bilgreen, Caleb Voss and Brooks won 200 free.
“We were able to put together a third relay in the 400 free,” Lindstrom said. “While they finished second they scored the four points we won by. These boys work hard and it was great to see them get the win tonight.”