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Swimming and diving preview: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks

With healthy mix of returning and new athletes, 'Jacks look to remain competitive in conference; first meet Aug. 27 at Grand Rapids

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Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior Maddie Dostal practices the backstroke Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Cloquet Middle School. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

Head coach: Rachel Peterson

Assistant coaches: Meredith Romanini (diving), Sheri Herman, Jeff Kalm, Liz Waldorf

Returning swimmers: Seniors Maddie Dostal, Faith Shingledecker, Hannah Zuck, Mikayla Paul. "We have many returning swimmers," head coach Rachel Peterson said. "We currently have 43 in the pool."

New faces to watch: Hannah Sandman, Rylee Demers (diving), Emma Peterson, Megan Chopskie. "They’re not new to the team, but are all eighth- and ninth-graders coming up fast," Peterson said.

Team strengths: Team spirit, sportsmanship

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Biggest challenge: "Getting everyone a great training workout with so many girls in the pool," Peterson said. "It’s absolutely a challenge we enjoy!"

Coach’s assessment: "Our 'Swamily,' as the girls call it, will be supporting each other as we continue to grow and improve our program, our individual skills and our personal best times," Peterson said. "We have an amazing support network of volunteer coaches and parents. We are looking forward to having as many of our swimmers as possible make the top 16 at sections. We anticipate that we will continue to be positive influencers and remain competitive within our conference."

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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