Gremlins swim ahead at first home meet

Jamie Glenn/Daliy Mining Gazette Houghton’s Cameron Jackson races in the 100-yard butterfly during a dual meet with Ishpeming Tuesday at the Houghton pool.

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins swim teams beat the visiting Ishpeming Hematites with scores of 115-53 for the girls and 137-37 for the boys Tuesday in the Houghton Pool.

Gremlins coach Erik Johnson was happy to see his team’s hard work pay off in their second meet of the season.

“I thought we had a really strong showing again tonight and was pleased to see so many best times and qualifying times posted, especially since we have been working so hard in practice,” he said.

The Gremlins opened with a win in the girls’ 200-yard medley relay as the team of Irene Ra, Mikayla Sague, Tessa Meyer and Samantha Olson with a final time of 2:10.14.

“On the girls side, Tessa Meyer had a solid meet and so did Samantha Olson,” said Johnson. “Meredith (Raasio) really stepped it up in the backstroke as well. I was very happy for Irene Ra for qualifying the 100 free, leading off our 400 free relay.

“Beyond that we had a really solid meet and lots of kids improved their times from our last meet on Saturday.”

The boys followed suit in the 200-yard medley. The team of Kevin Beaghan, Samuel Fang. Cameron Jackson, and Colton Haataja finished at 2:00.68.

For the boys, Beaghan was impressive in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle, he is really hitting his form early this season.

“Colton did well in the 200 and 100 free and I was pleased to see him really attacking the turns like we have been focused on all week,” Johnson said. “Archer Olson had a solid meet, finishing behind Kevin in the 200 IM and winning the backstroke.

“I think one of the biggest improvements I have seen in one week has come from Xavier Tarvainen. He dropped over 30 seconds off his 500 time in less than a week and just missed the cut in it. He had been really working hard to improve and he made some huge improvements in a short amount of time.”

The girls team of Ra, Katie Jaszczak, Raasio and Witting won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:31.91.

The boys team of Beaghan, Ryszard Olsewski, Fang and Haataja won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:02.72.

“In general we have a few things to clean up, but at this point in the season to have someone qualified in every event is a pretty good place to be,” Johnson said. “I look forward to what we can do as we continue to grow as a team this season.”