Houghton swim team splits with Marquette

MARQUETTE — The Houghton boys swim team managed to top Marquette 92-78, while the girls came up just short, 99-84.

“We have been working very hard this week, so I was pleasantly surprised with how hard they battled,” Houghton coach Erik Johnson said. “This team does a great job of getting prepared for meets and executing the little things we work on. We have a few more adjustments to make moving forward into our last two meets before tapering for U.P. Finals. This is an exciting group to coach, and I look forward to what they will do with the remainder of the season.”

On the girls side, Houghton’s team of Wonyoung Choi, Tessa Meyer, Mikayla Sague and Samantha Olson won the 200 medley (2:06.31). Olson also took first in the 200 freestyle (2:12.29). Meyer was victorious in the 100 butterfly (1:10.23)

Autumn Sanders took first in 1-meter diving (151.45). Sague won the 100 breastroke (1:19.41).

The girls team of Olivia Witting, Justine Ra, Meyer and Olson finished in 4:09.70 to win the event.

“The girls battled hard and had some really good swims, but in the end just came up a little short,” Johnson said. “Tessa did well in the 100 fly and Autumn looked really good on the board for us.

“Sam had a solid swim in both the 200 and 500 free. I was very impressed with Liv today; she had a nice time drop.”

Colton Haataja took first in the 200 freestyle (2:02.85) and was followed by Leo Wheeler. Sam Fang won the 200 IM (2:39.75), and Leif Odegard took first in the 500 freestyle (6:00.04).

Andrew Garland scored a personal best 196.10 on the 1-meter diving to take first.

Houghton’s Haataja, Xavier Tarvainen, Merlin Steffensen and Naum Raskind won the 400 relay (4:53.16).

“I was very impressed with our boys tonight,” Johnson said. “Our distance swimmers swam really well. Leif had a great 500 free and Colton had a great 200 free. Leo Wheeler scored some big points for us in the 200 and 500 free as well. Andrew Garland was very impressive.”