Swimmers take 10th in section as times come down

by Tom Coombe -

The Northeast Range/Ely Nighthawks weren’t going to contend for a section title or send swimmers on to the state meet.
But the Section 7A competition, which wrapped up last weekend in Duluth, had its highlights for the Nighthawks, who fielded one of the smallest and youngest teams in the section.
NRE took 10th among 11 teams, surpassing Chisholm in the standings, and had several athletes advance to Saturday’s final round.
Kayla Mellesmoen reached the finals in two events and came home with a seventh-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle.
Three NRE relays also placed and the team, as a whole, showed improvement in the grand finale.
“Overall, I thought we had a fantastic section meet,” said head coach Jason Limp. “Almost all of the girls dropped a ton of time along with the relays. The season went really well and this was a great way to end it all.”
Mellesmoen, who was one of the Nighthawks’ top individual performers all season long, vaulted out of the Nov. 10 preliminaries and advanced to the finals in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
In the 50, the sophomore churned through the water to a time of 26.43 seconds, good enough for seventh place in the championship heat and within a second of third place.
Mellesmoen was in the consolation final in the 100 freestyle and wound up 13th in 1:00.27.
NRE also had three relay teams in the finals.
The 200 medley relay foursome was second in the consolation heat and 10th overall, with Jasmine Johnson, Kirsten Zupancich, Ina Koivisto and Maarja Faltesek combining for a time of 2:24.70.
It was Brooke Pasmick, Laura Pasmick, Shayla Zaverl and Mellesmoen on the NRE 200 freestyle relay. They were 11th in 1:57.32.
In the 400 freestyle relay, the NRE unit topped the Chisholm relay for 10th place in 4:24.22. Both Pasmicks, Zaverl and Mellesmoen were on that relay team as well.