Houghton swim team hosted Gremlins Splash Saturday

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Gremlins’ swim teams hosted their annual “Gremlin Splash” Swim meet on Saturday at the Houghton HIgh School Pool.

Not a traditional meet as compared to most of the others the Gremlins compete in throughout the season, the Splash gives swimmers a chance to try different things. Gremlins coach Erik Johnson liked the meet when he competed in it and felt that his team took advantage of the opportunity for fun.

“I was very happy with how the team did after all the long practices we had since our last meet,” he said. “This meet is not a typical meet and with different events so it’s fun to see how the kids take to each event.

“I always enjoyed this meet as a swimmer and it seemed like all the athletes here did as well.

The girls finished sixth in the 200-yard medley relay with a team of Eva Anderson, Lincole Li, Francesca Lundin and Emma Jenkins The team finished with a time of 2:34.48.

Houghton junior Mikayla Sague, finished second in the 50-yard breaststroke event with a time of 35.18, two seconds behind first place swimmer Sydney Herioux of Gwinn.

Sophomore Olivia Witting and Lundin, a senior, finished second and seventh with times of 1:04.39 and 1:19.85 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Irene Ra brought home second place in the 50-yard backstroke with a finish of 36.00. Chloe Neves brought home sixth place with a time of 42.48.

Johnson was happy to see his students supporting each other throughout the day.

“I was impressed with how well our team came together to support each other and all the other athletes as well,” he said. “Every time I looked down at the end of the lane, it was 4-5 kids deep all yelling like crazy, which is something that always brings a smile to my face.”

Houghton junior Colton Haataja finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a final time of 53.85. Freshman Ty Haataja came in sixth with a time of 1:12.65.

The 200-yard butterfly brought in a first and third place finish from junior Cameron Jackson, who had a final time of 2:57.77, and Ryszard Olszewski, who finished with a time of 3:11.16, respectively.

Junior Kevin Beaghan and freshman Conner Holombo finished first and fourth in the 50-yard backstroke with times of 29.21 and 37.79.

The team of Olszewski, Beaghan, Archer Olson and Haataja, finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.94.

“These kids work so hard to do what they do and it’s really rewarding as a coach to see them give as much energy into cheering as they do competing.” said Johnson.

Houghton will host Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday at 11 a.m.