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Records fall, Wolves win

Three pool records were set Tuesday - two of them by the host Timberwolves - during Tuesday’s high school girls swimming meet between Ely and Mesabi East.Ely won 53-41, but the story of the afternoon were the record-setting performances by Ely’s Ali Schulze and 160 medley relay team, and Mesabi East’s Maggie Rosier.Schulze, after a close loss to Rosier in the 160 individual medley, came back with a vengeance in the 100 breaststroke, blowing away the field in 1:14.12. In the process, she established team and pool records that were previously held by sisters Colleen and Kelly Rogers.“Ali was just touched out in the IM, and she just had her mind set for that breaststroke,” said Ely Head Coach Nancy Smrekar. “I told her she got the record and she didn’t believe me.”Earlier, Schulze was part of the 160 medley relay that also established a new Ely pool standard.It was an all-senior foursome of Schulze, Angie Mackie, Kelly Chaudoin and Meghan Furnstahl that set the record, winning the event in 1:34.10, beating the old mark by .15 seconds.Rosier wouldn’t be outdone, as she won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.08 and got her name on the wall as a record-holder in the Ely pool.The Wolves only won five of 11 events in the meet, but had enough depth to pull out the team victory.“Mesabi East didn’t have one of their key swimmers,” said Smrekar. “I still think it would have come down to the last relay.”Ely wound up winning the final relay event, with Furnstahl, Betsy Guck, Schulze and Mackie combining to win the 400 freestyle in 4:05.68.Mackie also picked off a pair of individual first-place finishes for the Wolves, taking the 60 freestyle in 33.96 seconds and the 100 in 1:00.59.Ely had top-three finishers in the following events:• 160 medley relay - 3. Beth Wilmunen, Maren Gotchnik, Guck, Amber Adams, 1:44.50;• 200 freestyle -2. Marlayna Whiting, 2:17.22; 3. Laura Schulze, 2:23.16;• 160 individual medley - 2. Ali Schulze, 1:54.50; 3. Guck, 2:05.69;• 100 butterfly - 2. Chaudoin, 1:11.52; 3. Guck, 1:14.5;• 100 freestyle - 2. Furnstahl, 1:03.33;• 500 freestyle - 2. Audrey Kothe, 6:15• 160 freestyle relay - 2. Chaudoin, Laura Schulze, Whiting, Adams, 1:28.06; 3. Nicole Charles, Gotchnik, Kothe, Wilmunen, 1:31.14;• 100 backstroke - 2. Wilmunen, 1:17.50; 3. Emily Weisinger, 1:21.12;• 100 breaststroke - 3. Gotchnik, 1:22.14;• 400 freestyle relay - 3. Adams, Charles, Laura Schulze, Whiting, 4:16.07.Wolves 107, Int. Falls 77Ely maintained its perfect standing in dual meets Thursday, taking a convincing win on the road against the Broncos.Mackie (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Ali Schulze (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) were both double-winners for the Wolves.Whiting swam to victory in the 200 freestyle and Kothe was the winner in the 500 freestyle.Furnstahl, Guck, Mackie and Ali Schulze combined for a win in the 400 freestyle relay.Second-place finishers were Laura Schulze (200 freestyle), Chaudoin (100 butterfly), Whiting (500 freestyle), Wilmunen (100 backstroke), the 200 freestyle relay foursome of Chaudoin, Gotchnik, Whiting and Adams, and the 200 medley relay unit of Mackie, Chaudoin, Furnstahl and Ali Schulze.Ely has a dual meet Tuesday at Chisholm.

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