KHS swim co-op off to encouraging start

MARQUETTE – The co-operative Kingsford Flivvers swim team opened their season at Marquette Thursday, Dec. 5. Long-time head coach Jim Lindstrom remains at the helm for The Flivvers this season.

“After our heavy graduation losses we now have a very young team that missed an entire week of practice due to the new pool at the YMCA not being ready. They did much better than I expected it was a pretty good start to the season for them,” Lindstrom said.

The girls fell 130-38 against Marquette. Sophomores Samantha and Sydney Scott each had a second and a third to lead the way for the girls. Samantha Scott was second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 Individual Medley, while Sydney Scott took second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 100 breaststroke. Sophomore Anna Lundholm scored a third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 50 free, while sophomore Maggie Menghini had a third in the 200 free.

“With ten sophomores and two freshman, along the help of our senior leadership, the future looks bright for the girl’s team in the very near future,” said Lindstrom.

The boys score was 118-54 in favor of Marquette.

“Our boys did a little better, having four freshman to go with our five seniors and three juniors,” Lindstrom said.

Senior Kolby Raiche lead the way with a win in the 200 IM and a second in the 100 Back. Senior Luke Sturm added two second places in the 200 and 500 free. Fellow senior John Lundholm had a second in the 100 butterfly and a third in the 200 IM. Junior Caleb Voss took a second in the 100 breaststroke.

“Freshman Noah Richman had some really good swims for his first meet Noah scored a second in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free. The boys had some really good races but we are still short of boys, Marquette has 20 we only have 12,” said Lindstrom.

Lindstrom noted that with the boys having a roster of 12 swimmers, against larger teams like Marquette, the Flivvers are behind right from the start, but sees his team making up for that with performance as the season goes along.

The Flivvers Swim Team traveled to Westwood on Saturday for the Westwood relays, which was non-scoring medal meet with medals first through third places.

Kendall Johnson, Maggie Menghini, Samantha Scott and Sydney Scott swam to first in the 200 fly. The Flivvers earned seconds in the 200 Medley, 200 back and 400 medley. On the boy’s side John Lundholm, Kaden Matuszewski, Luke Sturm and Kolbe Raiche notched first in the 400 medley. Flivvers were second in the 400 free.

“We did fairly well with some improvement in our stroke mechanics and timing. Sophomores Samantha Scott, Sydney Scott and senior Kendall Johnson lead the way for the girls with some incredible swims. These girls were so smooth in their races it was fun to watch,” said Lindstrom. “Seniors Kolbe Raiche, Luke Sturm and John Lundholm lead the way for the boys with some really strong performances. Freshmen Noah Richmond and Kaden Matuszewski also had some strong performances. This whole team is showing major improvement for our first week it is very encouraging.”

Kingsford heads to Manistique on Tuesday for a triangular meet, before returning home for their first of three home meets of the season, on Dec. 17 versus Ishpeming. The Flivvers home meets are held at the Dickinson County YMCA in Iron Mountain.