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'Jacks swim to a win over North Shore

GIRLS SWIMMING ****** Led by state champion Makayla Suominen and a host of other state qualifiers from a year ago, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swim team came away with a 98-82 win over North Shore Tuesday night at the new Cloquet Middle School...

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swimmer Maddie Dostal competes in the 200 individual medley during Tuesday's meet against North Shore. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swimmer Maddie Dostal competes in the 200 individual medley during Tuesday's meet against North Shore. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal

GIRLS SWIMMING

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Led by state champion Makayla Suominen and a host of other state qualifiers from a year ago, the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton girls swim team came away with a 98-82 win over North Shore Tuesday night at the new Cloquet Middle School pool.

"We had a great meet considering we are unable to use the starting blocks," said CEC coach Kayla Cotner. "The new starting blocks are illegal and hang too far over the pool, so the girls have been diving from the side of the pool or starting in the water, which is difficult."

Suominen captured the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events with quick times despite the lack of starting blocks. In the 50 freestyle Suominen set a school record with a time of 25:36. She also had an impressive time of 56:03 in the 100 freestyle event. CEC also got a third and fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle from Elizabeth House and Marjorie Larson, respectively. In the 100-yard freestyle CEC's Allie Radovich was third while Larson took fourth.

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CEC won the 200-yard medley relay event with Maddie Dostal, Julia Vilanova, Rachel Gorski and Suominen combining for a time of 2:02.91. The Lumberjacks were also surprised with a runner-up finish from the foursome of Abby Johnson, Kashmir Mercer, Delaney Anderson and Elizabeth House.

Dostal also had an impressive day with a win in the 100 backstroke to go along with the 200-yard medley relay win. Dostal's time of 1:10.55 in the backstroke was nearly eight seconds faster than second place swimmer Abby Johnson's time of 1:18.77. Giulia Piccinini of CEC finished third.

The Lumberjacks have the good fortune of adding two foreign exchange students to the team this year. Vilanova is from Spain and Piccinini is from Italy.

"Vilanova is excelling in the 200 individual medley and in the 100 breaststroke, and it helps to push Rachel Gorski who went to state last year in the breaststroke," said Cotner. "Piccinini is doing very well and we recently found her event (the 100 backstroke)."

North Shore had a strong meet as well. They set two pool records, with Riley Larson swimming to a time of 6:02.16 in the 500-yard freestyle and Kaylee Overby in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Vilanova finished second behind Overby in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Gorski was third for CEC. In the 500-yard freestyle, CEC's Kashmir Mercer and Delaney Anderson finished second and third, respectively, behind Larson's pool record.

"I am excited for Kashmir and Delaney," Cotner said. "They've been working hard in practice and in the off season and it is really paying off. They are strengthening our distance races where we have struggled in the past."

Katarina Hanson of North Shore was the winner of the 100-yard butterfly event with CEC's Gorski taking second and Piccinini and Elise Carlson finishing third and fourth respectively.

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CEC's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Johnson, Hannah Sandman, Vilanova and Larson took a second-place finish behind the North Shore team in a time of 4:27.36.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swimmer Julia Vilanova swims the second leg of the 200 medley during Tuesday night's meet against North Shore. CEC won the event with Maddie Dostal, Vilanova, Rachel Gorski and Suominen combining for a time of 2:02.91. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton swimmer Julia Vilanova swims the second leg of the 200 medley during Tuesday night's meet against North Shore. CEC won the event with Maddie Dostal, Vilanova, Rachel Gorski and Suominen combining for a time of 2:02.91. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal

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