Making a big splash

by Tom Coombe

Plenty of depth and a big day from senior Angie Mackie lifted Ely’s high school girls swimming and diving team to a convincing win over Chisholm.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves splashed past the Bluestreaks 60-39 in their first dual meet of the season.<BR><BR>Mackie had a hand in four first-place finishes, including a pair of individual wins and key spots on two victorious Ely relays.<BR><BR>Four other Wolves - Laura Schulze, Ali Schulze, Beth Wilmunen and diver Candice Smrekar - added firsts.<BR><BR>Ely also had a string of second and third-place showings, piling up the points and getting the 2004 season off to a strong start.<BR><BR>“We had a great meet,” said Ely Head Coach Nancy Smrekar. “We got our first meet jitters out of the way and had some great times.”<BR><BR>The all-senior relay of Mackie, Ali Schulze, Kelly Chaudoin and Wilmunen got the meet off to a positive start for the home team. They won the 160 medley in 1:37.58, sparking Ely to a 7-3 lead.<BR><BR>A one-two finish by Laura Schulze (2:27:28) and Amber Adams (2:32.93) in the 200 freestyle added to the lead, and the Wolves were on their way.<BR><BR>Mackie, one of Ely’s top swimmers a year ago, won the 60 freestyle in 22.18 seconds and later captured the 100 freestyle in 1:00.35.<BR><BR>She combined with Meghan Furnstahl, Betsy Guck and Chaudoin to form the winning 400 freestyle relay combination (4:15.34).<BR><BR>Wilmunen started the season with an individual victory, cruising in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:18.16. Her next-closest competitor - teammate Emily Weisinger - was eight seconds behind.<BR><BR>In diving, 2003 state meet competitor Candice Smrekar picked up where she left off, recording 187.9 points to take first.<BR><BR>Ali Schulze raced to a time of 1:17.20 to take the 100 breaststroke.<BR><BR>Adams had a pair of second-place finishes for the Wolves, and in all Ely had seven individual and two relay runner-up performances.<BR><BR>“We have a lot of depth,” said Nancy Smrekar. “We’ve been trying to flip some things around and get everybody in.”<BR><BR>Other point-getters for Ely were:<BR><BR>• 160 medley relay - 3. Weisinger, Maren Gotchnik, Michelle Houle, Katie Berg, 1:48.66;<BR><BR>• 160 individual medley - 2. Ali Schulze, 1:58.06; 3. Guck, 2:12.27;<BR><BR>• 60 freestyle - 3. Furnstahl, 39.82;<BR><BR>• 100 butterfly - 2. Chaudoin, 1:13.63; 3. Guck, 1:19.35;<BR><BR>• 100 freestyle - 2. Furnstahl, 1:03.40;<BR><BR>• 500 freestyle - 2. Adams, 6:37.40; 3. Audrey Kothe, 6:37.40;<BR><BR>• 160 freestyle relay - 2. Wilmunen, Laura Schulze, Adams, Furnstahl, 1:27.89; 3. Weisinger, Gotchnik, Houle, Berg, 1:33.21;<BR><BR>• 100 breaststroke - 2. Gotchnik, 1:22.85;<BR><BR>• 400 freestyle relay - 2. Adams, Laura Schulze, Kothe, Houle, 4:40.45.<BR><BR>Chisholm was led by Julia Kruchoski, who won both the 160 individual medley and 100 butterfly, and was part of the Bluestreaks’ winning 160 freestyle relay.<BR><BR>Chisholm’s Gina Pogue won the 500 freestyle.<BR><BR>The Wolves return to the water Tuesday at Babbitt, when they meet Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower.