Swimming and diving preview: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjacks

The Lumberjacks have plenty of talent, but COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in a vastly altered 2020 season.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton's Elise Carlson swims the 100-yard butterfly at the 2019 Lake Superior Conference Championships in Superior. (File/Pine Journal)

Head coach: Rachel Peterson

Dive coach: Meredith Romanini

Assistant coaches: Jeff Kalm, Shari Herman

Returning swimmers: Seniors Elise Carlson, Anna Carlson, Bailey Myhrman and Grace Liupakka; and juniors Halle Zuck, Madeline Gorski, Mollie Belich, Emily Vermeersch, Sydney Skutevik, Melody Hietala, Carlee Downs

New faces to watch: Katie Metzer, Eryka Moran, Anika Elsmore, Madison Padgett, Jolie Urie, Shelby Zahn and Allison Ringat


Team strengths: "Young talent and phenomenal team spirit," according to coach Rachel Peterson.

Biggest challenge: Peterson said the Lumberjacks have a number of challenges related to COVID-19-related restrictions including split practices to limit the number of swimmers in the pool; a shortened season and the loss of invitational meets; and fans prevented from attending meets.

Coach's assessment: " COVID created some huge emotional challenges for our young, but talented, team," Peterson said. "We look forward to challenging every team member to set individual goals as a driver for self-awareness in working on both strengths and weaknesses during this highly-modified competitive season. Every day in the water is a gift."

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