The Superior High School swimming team wrapped up the regular season on the Iron Range, suffering a 62-40 loss at Virginia and competing in the Hibbing Invitational.
At Virginia on Feb. 3, Mason Ford and George Eisenmann placed 1-2 in the 50 and 100 freestyle races to lead the Spartans in a losing effort against Virginia’s strongest team in the last two decades.
Jake Noonan placed second in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races, with his time in the 200 a personal best.
Scott Kvan joined Ford, Eisenmann and Noonan to comprise a winning 200 freestyle relay and Ian Walker, who has replaced an injured Andrew Eisenmann, continues to improve as a member of the 400 freestyle relay which placed second.
Although placing last as a team in the Hibbing Invite, several Spartans had personal bests. Walker (200 freestyle), Matt Sherwood (butterfly), Joey Bowser (breaststroke) and Mason Morris (diving) each showed notable improvements.
Up next for Superior is the WIAA sectional meet in Hudson. The diving events are tonight and the swimming events are Saturday. The state meet is Feb. 19 in Madison.
“As a team the last two meets were held during a time that most teams avoid competing,” SHS coach George Lehman said. “Swimmers usually takes a step backwards after cutting back the distance while increasing speed in workouts. Judging from recent swims we could be heading for good performances this next week.”