Houghton swim teams open season with victories

HOUGHTON — The Houghton boys and girls swim teams both posted wins in their opening races against Westwood, Wednesday in Houghton. On the girls side, the Gremlins won 134-48 and the boys came away with a 129-46 win. 

The girls won every race, with impressive showings from Wonyoung Choi, who won the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, and Tessa Meyer who was victorious in both the 200 IM and the 100 fly. 

Olivia Witting picked up a win in the 500 freestyle and Mikayla Sage won the 100 breaststroke. 

“It was a great start to the season for a lot of our returning athletes they got to see where they are and what they need to work on,” coach Erik Johnson said. “For our newer athletes, they got to experience a meet and face some real competition. As coaches, it’s exciting to see some of the work they are putting in pay off, and when kids are tired in races, it really gives you a chance to see things that need to be adjusted.”

The boys were led by Cameron Jackson and Leif Odegard, who both won multiple events. Jackson’s came in the 200 freestyle, 100 fly and 100 breaststroke, and Odegard won the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. 

The Gremlins also picked up wins in three other events. Alex Busov won the 50 freestyle, Colton Haataja won the 100 freestyle, and Kevin Beaghan finished first in the 500 freestyle. 

“The team did a great job of supporting each other and the energy was up throughout the whole meet,” Johnson said. “It was a great atmosphere and exciting to watch. The coaching staff was excited to see our athletes shine in front of the home crowd and we are looking forward to getting back to work before heading over to the Eastern UP next weekend to face Rudyard on Friday and the Soo on Saturday.”