2017-12-14 / Sports

3 Bulldogs Swimmers Qualify For U.P. Finals in Dec. 6 Meet

By John Raffel

Rudyard’s swim team had two meets last week, a tri meet on Wednesday, December 6, with Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie. Rudyard beat Manistique and lost to Sault Ste. Marie by a few points. The meet was at Rudyard.

For the boys, with the meet scored as a double dial, Sault Ste. Marie won 89-7. Rudyard has one male swimmer. Manistique won 59-8 over Rudyard.

For the girls, Sault Ste. Marie won 98-72 over Rudyard, which won 95- 60 over Manistique.

Three swimmers qualified for Upper Peninsula finals.

“Wednesday’s meet was our first individual meet of the year,” said Coach Stephen Davis. “It was the first opportunity for some of our kids to swim U.P. qualifying times.”

Qualifiers for the U.P. finals were junior Emilee Curtis in the 200 IM, and 100-yard breaststroke; freshman Desta MacDowell in the 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, and freshman Tory Tremblay in the 200 IM, 100 butterfly, and 100- backstroke.

“Right now, because we have such a young team,” Coach Davis said, “we’re trying to figure out who will play what role on the team, who will be our distance swimmers and who will be our sprinters. It’s such a young group of swimmers [that] trying to figure out their role is the biggest thing. We’re working hard and getting better. Everybody is happy to be there and wants to work hard to get better.”

Elizabeth King won the 500-yard freestyle in 7:25.53. Tremblay won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:19.73. Curtis won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:23.13.

Rudyard lost to Houghton Friday, December 8. The score was not available, Coach Davis said.

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