Kingsford swimmers continue progress

NEGAUNEE – Kingsford earned a split against the Ishpeming/Negaunee swimming co-op here Tuesday afternoon.

The Flivvers boys won 95-81, while the girls were edged 89-85.

With a diving board and diving competition, the Ishpeming/Negaunee team was able to gain six point on the Kingsford girls who had no divers, setting up a tie late in the meet. The meet came down to the final relay. Kingsford led until the final 25 yards.

Ishpeming/Negaunee turned it on during the stretch, winning the race 5:08.94 to Kingsford’s 5:11.21.

First-place finishes for the Flivver girls included Lacey Walsh in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley and Toni Demerse in the 50 Freestyle.

For the Flivver boys, diving was not as big of a factor thanks to Thomas Hagan, who pulled out a second-place finish even though it was his first time on a diving board this season.

David Plumley continued his quest for an undefeated season with first place finishes in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Strong finishes by the Flivvers in the last two races provided the separation from what was a close meet, and gave them the solid win of 95 to 81.

First-pace finishes for the Flivver Boys included Plumley in the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley; Pavel Hammar in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly; Tanner Walsh in the 500 Freestyle, Aaron Pope, Plumley, Hammar and Walsh in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay.

“Despite these great swims on both sides, we did have some crucial mistakes on both the boys and girls teams,” Flivvers coach Keith Freeman said. “False starts, poorly completed turns and gliding finishes kept our team from looking as strong as we could have been. These are all easy fixes and will be addressed this week at practice.”

Flivvers who had personal bests were Matthew Bieti (100 Freestyle), Malia Brooks (50 Freestyle), Toni Demerse (50 Freestyle), Dan Fleming (500 Freestyle), Pavel Hammar (50 Freestyle), David Plumley (100 Breast), Aaron Pope (100 Backstroke), Andrea Rake (100 Butterfly), Barbie Slagle (100 Backstroke), Kristian Stenvig (100 Freestyle), Lena Stenvig (100 Freestyle), Tanner Walsh (200 Individual Medley), and Sydney Warren (100 Backstroke).

Kingsford hosts Gladstone and Manistique Tuesday.

“Both these teams are going to present some tough competition and we need to bring our ‘A’ game to the pool,” Freeman noted.