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High School Swimming – KHS swimmers strong vs. Braves, Emeralds

GLADSTONE – The Kingsford swim team dominated on the road against Gladstone and Manistique last Friday, with the girls team scoring 100 points to Gladstone’s 44 and Manistique’s 21.

The boys team totaled 91 to Manistique’s 46 and Gladstone’s 23.

“The girls had a good day,” Flivvers head coach Jim Lindstrom said. “We didn’t have a lot of stellar performances due to very hard practices the three days leading up to the meet. As tired as they were they still managed to win every event.”

The Flivver girls winning started with the 200 medley relay of Samantha Scott, Sydney Scott, Kendall Johnson and Anna Lundholm. Sydney Scott won the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, Samantha Scot won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, and Anna Lundholm won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

Maggie Menghini won the 200 free while Johnson won the 100 backstroke. Lundholm, Mackenzie Gilroy, Johnson and Sydney Scott won the 200 freestyle relay. Menghini, Christina Hanson, Mackenzie Gilroy and Samantha Scott took the 400 freestyle relay.

“The team has been growing in numbers these past few years to the point where the girls can fill every event which played a huge part in our success in this meet. We had no empty lanes while the other two teams did,” Lindstrom said.

Lindstrom noted that first year swimmers like Gilroy and second year swimmers like Hanson and Menghini have really been contributing to the team success these last few meets.

“The boys took every event but two Manistique won the 200 freestyle relay and Gladstone the 500 freestyle. Neither of those two teams have many boys but the ones they have a pretty good, we had some good races with them,” said Lindstrom.

Winners for the boys were 200 medley relay racers Kolbe Raiche, Caleb Voss, John Lundholm and Luke Sturm. Sturm also won both the 200 and 100 freestyle. Raiche won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, while Lundholm took home the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly races. Caleb Voss won the 100 breaststroke, while freshman Noah Richmond added two second places.

“Noah has really stepped up in practice and it is showing in the meets. He has steadily been dropping time. Like the girls, some of our younger and first-year boys had been doing a really good job as of late,” said Lindstrom. “The freshman group of Richmond, Kaden Matuszewski, Andrew Nelson and Zane Cahee are proving to be great building blocks for the future of the boys team as we are losing a lot of very good seniors next year.”

Kingsford competes again Tuesday at the Northern Lights YMCA, hosting Marquette.

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