NRE makes a splash in opener

WORKING WITH HIS SWIMMERS was Northeast Range/Ely head coach Jason Limp at Veterans on the Lake during a rare outdoor practice. THANKS TO Veterans on the Lake the Northeast Range/Ely swim team had a place to practice when the pool in Babbitt was being renovated. The pool included a view of Fall Lake. Photo by Nick Wognum.

by Tom Coombe -

The Northeast Range/Ely Nighthawks were in familiar waters for their Sept. 7 high school girls swimming opener.
Most of their practices this season have taken place at Aurora, site of the season debut with host Mesabi East.
The much-deeper Giants had an easy time of it, winning 61-33 and dominating the dual event.
“It was a tough meet,” said NRE Head Coach Jason Limp. “They greatly outnumber us but the NRE swimmers put up a strong fight. We had some really good times, especially with the lack of time in a pool.”
The Nighthawks, who have had at least one practice in the heated pool at Veterans on the Lake Resort, had no first-place finishes in the competitive portion of the meet.
Laura Pasmick (100 yard backstroke), Maarja Faltesek (100 breaststroke) and the 400 freestyle relay unit of Laura Pasmick, Brooke Pasmick, Shayla Zaverl and Kayla Mellesmoen picked up victories in events in which Mesabi East participated only as exhibition.
Earlier, Mellesmoen was involved in one of the closest events of the day, taking second in the 50 freestyle and falling short of the Giants’ Hannah Nygaard by a half-second.
In the 100 freestyle, Mellesomeon was second to Lydia Skelton by 1.6 seconds.
Mellesmoen, Zaverl and both Pasmicks teamed up to take second in 200 freestyle relay in 2:01.31.
Point scorers for NRE were as follows:
• 200 medley relay - 3. Kelly Thompson, Faltesek, Brooke Pasmick, Aili Bee, 2:37.10;
• 200 freestyle - 3. Laura Pasmick, 2:40.41;
• 200 individual medley - 3. Brooke Pasmick, 2:52.12;
• 50 freestyle - 2. Mellesmoen, 27.98;
• 100 freestyle - 2. Mellesmoen, 1:03.22;
• 500 freestyle - 3. Tesla Humphreys, 7:42.27;
• 200 freestyle relay - 2. Laura Pasmick, Mellesmoen, Zaverl, Brooke Pasmick, 2:01.31;
• 100 backstroke - 1. Laura Pasmick, 1:30.73; 2. Thompson, 1:35.26;
• 100 breaststroke - 1. Faltesek, 131.17;
• 400 freestyle relay - 1. Laura Pasmick, Brooke Pasmick, Zaverl, Mellesmoen, 4:38.01.