Bluejays, Hatchets square off in pool duel
The Merrill and Tomahawk swimmers took to the pool for last Tuesday’s dual meet and the host Hatchets pulled out a 101-67 meet.
“The swimmer of the meet for us was Bethany Koshak, swimming 3 of 4 personal records,” THS coach Theresa L’Esperance said.
The Hatchets won 8 of 11 events, but Merrill held a 6-5 edge in 2nd- and 3rd-place finishes.
“It was very difficult to swim in the meet after little pool time and the long weekend after the first week of school,” MHS coach Bethany Preboske said. “However, despite that the girls competed very well and many races were close.”
Merrill went 1-2 in the 50 free with Courtney Kolehouse (:27.48) and Jourdyn Mootz (:29.04), and took the 100 free with Elise Ordemann (1:04.83) and the 400 free relay (Ordemann, Robin Opsahl, Emma Sowieja, Kolehouse, 4:30.65).
The Hatchets swept the 200 IM with Marlee Kiander (2:27.10), Amanda Koshak (2:50.4) and Jamie Sterr (3:00.67), and 100 brea with Kiander (1:11.09), Bethany Koshak (1:25.79) and Sterr (1:29.48). They went 1-2 in the 100 back with Kelsey Maki (1:15.47) and Mary Galloy (1:26.29) and the 100 fly with Sami Kleich (1:21.56) and Megan White (1:21.71). Other 1sts came from White (200 free, 2:27.14); A. Koshak (500 free, 6:37.90); the 200 medley (Maki, Kiander, Kleich, Hannah Schmit, 2:11.82); and the 200 free (White, Kleich, Schmit, Kiander, 1:55.16).
Tomahawk set an important precedent by topping Rhinelander for the first time in school history in Satur