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Gremlins' senior salute goes swimmingly

February 1, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Houghton honored its swimming seniors with victories over Kingsford in its last home swim meet of the season.

The Gremlin girls outscored the Flivvers 157-80, while the boys bested Kingsford 126-64.

"I was thrilled with the effort by the boys, especially some surprising times by the seniors. At this point in the season to have James DeClerck go 5:14 in the 500 (yard freestyle) and Daniel Shonnard's 21.91 split in the 200 free relay is very encouraging going into taper," Houghton coach Roger Woods said.

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Houghton’s Audrey Knuuttila swims away from the wall after a flip turn in the 100-yard backstroke during Thursday’s swim meet against Kingsford. She won in a time of one minute, 15.44 seconds. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)

DeClerck and Shonnard, both seniors, dominated several events over a wide range, each netting a pair of individual victories and helping two winning relays.

DeClerck was a big winner in the 50 free, touching in 24.55, then churned out the distance pace, posting a 5:14.81 to take the 500.

Shonnard swam a 51.15 to win the 100 free, then switched gears for a win in 1:09.90 in the 100 breast.

Fact Box

GIRLS: Houghton 157, Kingsford 80

200 medley relay - HOUGHTON (Rebecca Jaszczak, Sophie Witting, Annika Wheeler, Ashley Betts), 2:08.40

200 free - Hannah Gundlach, H, 2:18.08

200 IM - Jaszczak, H, 2:31.00

50 free - Maria Pirkola, K, 27.85

1-meter diving - Alina Ryynanen, H, 163.15 pts.

100 fly - Annika Wheeler, H, 1:10.96

100 free - Jill Toorongian, H, 1:00.78

500 free - Gundlach, H, 6:04.42

200 free relay - KINGSFORD (Ashley Berger, Catherine Peters, Shelby Oman, Pirkola), 2:04.50

100 back - Audrey Knuuttila, H, 1:15.44

100 breast - Colleen Toorongian, H, 1:22.43

400 free relay - HOUGHTON (J. Toorongian, Gundlach, Betts, Jaszczak), 4:10.91

BOYS: Houghton 126, Kingsford 64

200 medley relay - HOUGHTON (Armando Moyyad, Daniel Shonnard, James DeClerck, Vladi Kotov), 1:56.49

200 free - Aaron Pope, K, 2:33.64

200 IM - Moyyad, H, 2:16.71

50 free - DeClerck, H, 24.55

1-meter diving - Nikita Velat, H, 150.15 pts.

100 fly - Pasha Hammar, K, 1:07.74

100 free - Shonnard, H, 51.15

500 free - DeClerck, H, 5:14.81

200 free relay - HOUGHTON (Kotov, Torin O'Leary, Col Plumer, Shonnard), 1:49.00

100 back - Velat, H, 1:10.36

100 breast - Shonnard, H, 1:09.90

400 free relay - HOUGHTON (Moyyad, Charlie Laho, Velat, DeClerck), 4:07.61

Shonnard also reeled in a Kingsford swimmer to secure victory for he and teammates Vladi Kotov, Col Plumer and Torin O'Leary in the 200 free relay by just

.89 seconds.

The Gremlins also got a pair of wins from senior Nikita Velat in diving (150.15 points) and the 100 back (1:10.36).

On the girls' side, seniors Rebecca Jaszczak (200 IM) and Jill Toorongian (100 free) posted individual wins.

Jaszczak rolled in with a seven-second win in her event, but Toorongian had to outduel Kingsford's Maria Pirkola, the 50 free winner, 1:00.78 to 1:01.04.

Another senior, Alina Ryynanen was the day's top diver with 163.15 points.

Sophomore Hannah Gundlach doubled up on the distance swims, taking the 200 and 500 free.

"I thought overall the girls had a solid meet, numerous best times and some quality races. As we are getting closer to U.P. Finals times matter more and the girls responded," Woods said.

Houghton's last meet of the regular season is a make-up Monday against GRIMN.

"With the cancelled meet on Tuesday and the reschedule to Monday, I have some tough choices to make for U.P. Finals given the depth on the girls' side and the surprising swims on the boys' side. I am looking forward to some rest for the team and a fast U.P. Finals in two weeks," Woods said.



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