Times continue to improve

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Kingsford Flivvers swim team, back in the pool this evening at Marquette, hosted Gladstone and Manistique in a meet Tuesday at the Northern Lights YMCA.

In boys action, Kingsford (124 points) topped Gladstone (107) and Manistique (53). Gladstone girls, with 143 points, dominated the Flivvers (96) and Emeralds (62).

“The Braves had very strong swimmers on both the boys and girls sides and the Emeralds are a young team with some upcoming talent, but both sides were lacking on depth,” Flivvers coach Keith Freeman said. “Fortunately for the Flivver boys, they were able to take advantage of this and managed to out-point the Braves first-place finishes by taking many second and third place finishes.

A first by Leo Stelmaszek in the 100 butterfly (1:10.15) followed by Pasha Hammar in second, pushed the Flivvers boys to an eight-point lead, and Kingsford continued ot expand its margin from there.

Along with Stelmaszek, wins for the Flivvers boys came from Tanner Walsh in the 500 freestyle (6:02.47) and David Plumley (200 IM, 2:25.04). The Flivvers also won in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Hammar, Aaron Pope, Stelmaszek and Walsh swam the 200 in 1:50.63), while Daniel Fleming, Kristian Stenvig, Michael Jamar and Plumely posted a time of 4:19.48 in the 400.

Lacey Walsh had a win for the Flivvers girls, completing the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.03.

“The lady Braves swimmers have been swimming YMCA for many years and their talent came through,” Freeman said. “The Emerald and Flivver girls had some great swims as well. There were several high finishers and time improvements, but they just could not muster enough points to overtake the Braves.”

Flivvers who posted personal bests in the meet were Fleming (100 free), Lynea Hautamaki (100 free), Jamar (50 free), Matt Johnson (50 free, 500 free), Isaac Pantti (50 free), Plumley (100 breaststroke), Stelmaszek (100 butterfly), Lena Stenvig (50 free), Tanner Walsh (200, 500 free), Sydney Warren (50 free), and Whitney Wender (500 free).

“I am very excited to see how well our swimmers have been improving each meet,” Freeman said. “There are many swimmers who achieved personal bests. When you see swimmers like Tanner Walsh and Matt Johnson dropping over 20 seconds in one race, you know these swimmers are working hard at practice and that they are bringing it to the meets.”

Today’s meet at Marquette is a make-up from Dec. 5.