Small squad big in heart
The Tomahawk girls swim team swam bigger than its roster in Saturday’s Medford Invite.
“I was extremely proud of how the team performed,” THS coach Theresa L’Esperance said. “We are developing into a team that opposing teams will position their best athletes against us.
“Fielding only 12 events compared to the three competitors fielding 20 events, the Hatchets performed very well. Setting 9 personal records, with Mary Galloy and Sam Schaper leading the team with two apiece, the lady Hatchets did their best to keep a tight score against teams with twice the number of swimmers.”
Tomahawk collected wins in the 100 free relay (Megan White, Amanda Koshak, Jamie Sterr, Marlee Kiander), the 300 fly/back (Sam Schaper, Koshak, Kiander, Kelsey Maki), the 300 back.brea (White, Bethany Koshak, Maki, Kiander) and the 9-10 400 free (Hannah Schmit, Maki, Sami Kleich, Schaper). They placed 3rd in the 9/10 200 free (Kleich, Schmit, Sterr, Schaper) and 4th in the 100 free (Schaper, Galloy, Jade Weinzatl, Kindra Littleton).
The Lumberjills rolled to a 121-49 triumph last Thursday.
“Ladysmith is the defending runner up sectional champion, and they still have a very strong team,” L’Esperance said. “Placing his very best swimmers against a young and inexperienced Hatchet swim team gave us something to believe in. Apparently, the Hatchets are beginning to show signs of emerging talent that requires respect from opposing teams.”
Kiander took the 200 IM (2:25.87) and was a close 2nd in the 100 fly (1:07.97). THS was the runner-up in all 3 relays-200 medley (Maki, Kiander, White, Schmit, 2:09.82), 200 free (Maki, A. Koshak, Schmit, Kleich, 2:01.19), and 400 free (White, A. Koshak, Kleich, Kiander, 4:19.80).
Ranking 3rd were: Kleich (100 free, 1:05.46); A. Koshak (500 free, 6:27.29); and White (100 back, 1:20.96).