SHS swimmers undefeated in LSC; Heinen breaks another record
The Superior High School girls swimming and diving team took the lead in the Lake Superior Conference with a 55-39 win at Cloquet-Esko-Carleton 55-39 Thursday evening.
Superior’s Kaitlin Heinen swam the 100 butterfly in 1:02.34 to break the SHS record of 1:02.97 held by Ilee Smith since 2003.
Amy and Karen VanOvermeiren each came within tenths of a second of breaking the record during that time before Heinen broke her second Smith family record in less than two weeks. Her time was also a Cloquet pool record by more than three seconds.
Superior started on a positive note with a 1-3 finish in the medley relay won by Tori Johnson, Nikki Hansen, Heinen and Julie Snyder. Next came individual wins by Kjersten Lisak (200 free), Grace Elonen (200 individual medley and 500 free), T. Johnson (50 free and 100 back) and Heinen (butterfly and 100 breast).
One of the best races of the meet was between Spartans’ Hansen and Heinen in the breaststroke. Hansen swam an excellent race losing by a finger length.
Brandishing a waterproof arm cast, Alysha Johnson took second in the 100 back for a 1-2 Spartan finish in that event.
SHS coach George Lehman said swimmers like Britta Bergstrom, who fought from behind to place third in the 200 free, made the meet exciting and fun to watch.
Superior next competes Saturday at the Greyhound Invite to be held at the new Ordean Middle School pool. Diving will start at 9 a.m. with swim scheduled for 1:30 p.m.