GIRLS SWIMMING: CEC wins at homeThe Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swimming team enjoyed home meet victories over Northeast Range (Babbitt) on Sept. 19, 54-37, and Denfeld on Sept. 26, 52-42. For the Lumberjacks, the victories are important markers as the program continues to resurface under Coach Stacia Grayson.
By: Brady Slater, Pine Journal
The Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swimming team enjoyed home meet victories over Northeast Range (Babbitt) on Sept. 19, 54-37, and Denfeld on Sept. 26, 52-42. For the Lumberjacks, the victories are important markers as the program continues to resurface under Coach Stacia Grayson.
“Overall the girls are swimming great,” Grayson said. “We have almost half our team qualified for sections. They’re working hard and it’s showing in their meets. They’re figuring out the details — faster turns and starts, good strokes, limited breathing. We hope to get a handful more qualified in the next few weeks.”
The swimmers followed up their successes with an eighth-place finish at the nine-team Taconite Invitational in Aurora, Minn., Sept. 28. In between, on Sept. 24, the CEC girls fell to Grand Rapids in a road dual, 61-33.
Leading the way for the local team during its flurry of activity was junior Lexus Wysocki, who nabbed third in a 32-swimmer field in the 100-yard freestyle at the Taconite Invitational. She swam a 1-minute, 0.27-second race. The winner, Alissa Marlow of Duluth East, clocked in at 0:58.11. Wysocki also finished fifth in a 36-swimmer field in the 50 freestyle in 27.6 seconds. Teammate Faith Carlson, a freshman, was close behind in seventh at 27.71.
Duluth East won the meet with 326, followed by Two Harbors-Silver Bay 231, International Falls 203, Mesabi East 165, Eveleth-Gilbert 114.5, Chisholm 112.5, Virginia 86.5, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 66.5 and Northeast Range-Ely 54.
Against Northeast Range, Wysocki won the 50 and 100 freestyles in 27.51 and 1:00.36, respectively. Sophomore Maija Larva won the 200 and 500 freestyles in 2:26.56 and 6:35.74, respectively. Carlson won the 100 butterfly in 1:21.91. Fellow freshman Emma Lenarz won the 100 backstroke in 1:20.15.
Against Denfeld, Wysocki took the 50-100 double in 27.07 and 1:00.28. Senior Chloe Klingaman won the 200 free in 2:24.30. Carlson took the 100 fly in 1:23.28, and the CEC 200 and 400 freestyle relays won with Carlson, Abby Peddle, Rachel Groski and Wysocki taking the 200 relay in 1:56.09, and the same quartet swimming to a winning 4:21.53 in the 400 relay.
Finally, against Grand Rapids, Wysocki and Carlson one-two’d in the 50, finishing in 27.41 and 27.80, respectively. Wysocki also won the 100 butterfly in 1:13.47.