Marquette swimmers dominate at Westwood

ISHPEMING — Led by a half-dozen four-event winners, the Marquette boys and girls each won 11 of the 12 races and events to sweep a high school swimming and diving meet from Westwood on Wednesday.

The Redettes won the girls meet 134-50 while the Redmen boys were 107-48 winners.

Each MSHS team had a trio of four-time winners, though the boys who did this were juniors and seniors while the girls who achieved this were freshmen and sophomores.

In the boys meet, junior Josh Nykanen and seniors Matt Brauer and Ryan Glover each won two individual events while swimming with two victorious relay teams.

Nykanen took the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 14.06 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:09.62; Brauer the 100 butterfly in 1:00.89 and 500 free in 5:54.96; and Glover the 200 individual medley in 2:18.36 and 100 breaststroke in 1:08.73.

In relays, all three were on the 400 free winners with Nykanen and Brauer also with the 200 medley and Glover the 200 free.

Senior teammate Jack Caron also won three events, the 50 free in 25.21 and swimming with the 200 free and 400 free relays.

Westwood’s lone winner was Brock Sundberg in the diving with 185.50 points, just 1.2 points ahead of teammate Joey Boburka. Boburka was a runner-up in four events, including the 100 breast and two relays.

For the girls, Marquette’s four-time winners were sophomore Jayme Winn and freshmen Lexi LaCombe and Erin VanderSchaaf and Lexi LaCombe.

Winn won the 100 fly in 1:12.91 and 100 back in 1:09.43; LaCombe the 500 free in 6:01.57 and 100 breast in 1:25.89; and VanderSchaaf the 50 free in 27.71.

VanderSchaaf was a member of all three winning relay teams, while LaCombe was on the 200 medley and 200 free and Winn the 200 medley and 400 free.

Two teammates were each three-time winners — sophomore Taryn Aho in the 200 IM in 2:28.91 and sophomore Paige Whaley in the 100 free in 1:01.46, adding two relay wins for each, too.

The Patriots’ lone girls winner was also in diving as Bethany Laakso posted 169.25 points for a nearly 30-point victory.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is