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Livermores, Gulon shine at Laker Pentathlon

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Livermores, Gulon shine at Laker Pentathlon
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DETROIT LAKES — Grace Livermore outswam 137 other swimmers in the backstroke to take the top spot improving on her runner-up performance in last season’s opener and the host Lakers won the team title at the Laker Pentathlon at BTD Aquatics Center Monday afternoon.

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“It's been a few years since we brought home the big hardware and it definitely gave the girls a boost,” Head Coach Carol McCarthy said. “They've been working hard for the first two weeks and they've experienced some of the rewards. That doesn't mean we don't have a lot to work on.”

The season warmup pentathlon is not a typical meet. It features five races: the 50-backstroke, 50-breaststroke, 50-butterfly, 50-freestyle, and 100-Individual Medley.

“It was essentially a sprint meet and gave coaches maybe good look at some prospects for the relay events. The meet was a great opportunity for the new swimmers to experience competition for the first time.”

Livermore was joined by eighth-grader Syd Gulon and sophomore Clara Livermore in the majority of scoring for Detroit Lakes.

The Lakers scored 256 total team points to outscore Crookston (243.5), Fergus Falls (232) and Mid-State Conference rivals Park Rapids Area in fourth place with 211 points.

Fergus Falls’ Emilie Reard had an impressive day winning the 50-backstroke (34.28) and the 100-Individual Medley (1:06.05).

Perham’s Natalie Murphy swam 26.58 to take the 50-freestyle race.

Points are awarded in descending value for the top 20 finishes in each race.

For instance, in the 50-backstroke, Livermore was awarded 24 points for her first place time of 30.51, besting her mark from last year when she swam 31.02. Gulon placed third in a time of 30.84 earning 20 points. Clara Livermore scored 14 points in a ninth place finish in 32.46 for a Laker total of 58 team points between the three swimmers.

The same trio landed in the top five of the 50-breaststroke behind Reard’s 34.28 in first place. Grace Livermore was runner-up (34.36); Gulon placed fourth in 35.58 and Clara Livermore was fifth in 36.03. Addisyn Young swam 38.48 to place 18th adding three points to the Laker total.

Grace Livermore is joined by fellow seniors Sam Hanson and Jocelyn Skoda as this year’s team tri-captains.

“All three have worked hard with their swimming since they began in seventh grade. They are stellar and solid young women.”

Grace Livermore, Gulon and McKenna Krengel all scored for DL in the 50-fly. Livermore was runner-up to Lauren Rossman of Park Rapids in 29.10 to Rossman’s 28.64. Gulon placed fifth in 30.25; Krengel swam 32.37 to finish 16th.

Gulon and Grace Livermore had top 10 performances and Ella Henderson finished 12th to pace the Lakers in freestyle.

More of the same for DL in the 100-I.M. where grace Livermore was second to Reard with a time of 1:06.62. Gulon finished third two-seconds back at 1:08.04 and Clara Livermore placed 12th in a time of 1:13.16.

One group did not get competitive work at the meet, that being the divers. DL has five this year and enter the season without state diving stalwart Kyley Foster, who elected to play soccer her senior season after four trips to the state meet beginning in eighth grade.

Thia Olds returns with state diving experience as an eighth grader after sitting out her freshman year due to a knee injury. Emma Disse is also a returning state-caliber diver. She represented DL in Minneapolis last year. Lexi Ylineimi returns after a strong first season last year. Twins Jackson and Kennedy Hegg will also dive this season.

According to McCarthy, this year’s team can best be described as versatile.

“A lot of the swimmers have swum in the local USA Swimming program throughout the years. The Sunfish program allows them to work on their stroke technique and they get competition experience. So I'd say about 60 percent of the team have been Sunfish.”

DL will travel to Staples-Motley Thursday, Sept. 4 for the Lakers' first dual of the season. The meet begins at 6 p.m.

Laker Pentathlon, Monday, Aug. 25

Team results:              
1. Detroit Lakes 256, 2. Crookston 243.5, 3. Fergus Falls 232, 4. Park Rapids Area 211, 5. Thief River Falls 91, 6 Perham 89, 7. Staples-Motley 36.5, 8. Fosston-Bagley 6.

Laker results:

50-backstroke:

1. Grace Livermore, DL, 30.51; 3. Syd Gulon 30.84; 9. Clara Livermore 32.46; 23. McKenna Krengel 35.36; 25. Abbi Smith 35.43; 29. Jocelyn Skoda 35.89; 34. Maddie Henderson 36.42; 49. Anna Schumacher 37.64; 52. Ella Henderson; 64. Elena Gilbert 38.92; 75. Erika Nelson 40.05; 80. Addisyn Young 40.58; 81. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 40.84; 85. McKenna Ruchti-Westrom 41.22; 88. Beth Friendshuh 41.49; 97. Chelsy Johnson 42.59; 114. Gracie Bellware 44.66; 116. Makehna Beck 45.44; 134. Lauren Krengel 54.84.

50-breaststroke

1. Emilie Reard, Fergus Falls, 34.28; 2. Grace Livermore 34.36; 4. Syd Gulon 35.58; 5. Clara Livermore 36.03; 18. Addisyn Young 38.48; 28. McKenna Krengel 40.02; 33. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 40.47; 34. Ella Henderson 40.59; 38. Jocelyn Skoda 41.45; 39. Erika Nelson 41.83; 45. Chelsy Johnson 42.65; 47. Lucy Steinke 42.76; 56. Maddie Henderson 43.53; 57. Sam Hanson 43.62; 58. Abbi Smith 43.63; 63. Anna Schumacher 43.97; 87. Josie Retz 46.65; 97. Beth Friendshuh 47.71; 114. Grace Bellware 52.91; 116. Makehna Beck 54.08; 117. McKenna Ruchti-Westrom 54.95; 125. Lauren Krengel 1:11.03.

50-butterfly

1. Lauren Rossman, Park Rapids, 28.64; 2. Grace Livermore 29.10; 5. Syd Gulon 30.25; 16. McKenna Krengel 32.37; 23. Clara Livermore 33.40; 25. Jocelyn Skoda 33.72; 33. Abbi Smith 34.92; 35. Josie Retz 35.33; 37. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 35.62; 38. Ella Henderson 35.67; 42. Addisyn Young 36.30; 52. Erika Nelson 37.97; 53. Maddie Henderson 37.99; 64. Elena Gilbert 39.70; 66. Anna Schumacher 39.78; 77. McKenna Ruchti-Westrom 41.12; 78. Beth Friendshuh 41.14; 98. Lucy Steinke 44.92; 104. Chelsy Johnson 46.45.

50-freestyle

1. Natalie Murphy, Perham, 26.58; 4. Syd Gulon 26.74; 8. Grace Livermore 27.55; 12. Ella Henderson 28.19; 23. Clara Livermore 29.26; 28. McKenna Krengel 29.55; 30. Abbi Smith 30.24; 30. Jocelyn Skoda 30.24; 39. Maddie Henderson 30.92; 42. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 31.15; 54. Erika Nelson 31.96; 67. Josie Retz 32.51; 69. Addisyn Young 32.52; 73. Anna Schumacher 32.76; 78. Sam Hanson 33.02; 87. Lucy Steinke 33.57; 94. Chelsy Johnson 34.57; 95. Beth Friendshuh 34.71; 98. Elena Gilbert 35.14; 113. McKenna Ruchti-Westrom 37.43; 121. Gracie Bellware 38.78; 123. Makehna Beck 38.89; 141. Lauren Krengel  49.32.

100-IM

1. Emilie Reard, Fergus Falls, 1:06.05; 2. Grace Livermore 1:06.62; 3. Syd Gulon 1:08.04; 12. Clara Livermore 1:13.16; 23. McKenna Krengel 1:16.95; 24. Abbi Smith 1:17.34; 26. Jocelyn Skoda 1:17.52; 33. Ella Henderson 1:19.82; 40. Maddie Henderson 1:21.46; 46. Berit Ramstad-Skoyles 1:23.18; 55. Addisyn Young 1:24.46; 59. Josie Retz 1:25.75; 60. Erika Nelson 1:26.09; 68. Elena Gilbert 1:28.16; 92. Chelsy Johnson 1:33.57; 93. McKenna Ruchti-Westrom 1:33.62; 96. Beth Friendshuh 1:34.70; 105. Lucy Steinke 1:37.40; 116. Gracie Bellware 1:46.12.

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Robert Williams
Robert is the Sports Editor of Detroit Lakes Newspapers. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 
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