Houghton swim earns sweep

HOUGHTON — The Houghton boys and girls swim teams both secured wins over Ishpeming-Negaunee Tuesday in Houghton. 

The girls won 122-50 and the boys came away with a 104-65 victory.

“I was impressed with how our team supported each other this evening,” coach Erik Johnson said. “We started out the meet a little flat in my opinion but we bounced back very nicely in the second half of the meet after diving. As a coaching staff, we are always talking about picking up your teammates and bringing energy to the pool deck, and you could clearly see a big difference from the first half of the meet to the second. 

“It was great to see that with the increased energy we had a lot of good performances. We always talk about details like strong finishes and good walls because no matter how tired you are you can control those things. I think we did a better job with those details tonight than we have in the past. I was impressed to see a lot of kids burying their heads into finishes and out touching their competitors.”

On the girls side Wonyoung Choi, Tessa Meyer, Mikayla Sague and Samantha Olson won the 200 medley relay finishing in 2:07.04. The boys won their event as well, with Leif Odegard, Samuel Fang, Cameron Jackson and Seth Helman finishing in 2:05.11.

Colton Haataja took first in the boys 200 freestyle in a time of 2:04.87, and Fang won the boys 200 IM, finishing in 2:41.65. 

Autumn Sanders was victorious in girls 1-meter diving, scoring a 157.05, and Andrew Garland won the boys event with a score of 174.55. 

Meyer finished first in the girls 100 butterfly (1:09.63), and Sague won the 100 freestyle (1:02.77). Haataja was first in the boys 100 freestyle, finishing in 54.01 seconds. 

Olson won the girls 500 freestyle in a time of 5:53.77 and Odegard was first on the boys side, finishing in 6:00.15. 

Sague, Choi, Ann Desrochers and Justine Ra took first in the girls 200 freestyle relay (1:54.70), while the boys team of Hleman, Haataja, Kevin Beaghan and Leo Wheeler also took first in their race (1:43.30). 

Meyer was first in the girls 100 backstroke in 1:11.34, and Beaghan won the boys event in 1:06.23. 

Houghton won in the girls and boys 100 breaststroke with Sague finishing in 1:18.52 and Naum Raskind finishing in 1:23.58. 

The Gremlins were also victorious in both 400 freestyle relays. The girls team (Ra, Meyer, Olson and Olivia Witting) finished in 4:12.81, and the boys team (Beaghan, Wheeler, Helman and Haataja) finished in 3:52.37.