Andrew Innerebner Sets Pair of Records at Michigan Upper Peninsula State Championships

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The 2019 Michigan Upper Peninsula State Swimming and Diving Championships took place at Marquette Senior High School on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Sault Area junior Andrew Innerebner highlighted the meet by setting two Upper Peninsula records in the 100 free and 200 free. Marquette used their depth to secure the girls’ team title with 352 points while Houghton did the same on the boys’ side with a final score of 313.

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Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Marquette- 352
2. Kingsford- 217
3. Houghton – 185
4. Sault Area – 155
5. Gladstone – 131

Marquette began their winning ways as the 4×50 medley relay, consisting of Lexi LaCombe (29.87), Kelsey Glover (33.34), Erin Vanderschaaf (28.65) and Mollie Kilpela (25.34), earned gold with a final time of 1:57.20. Vanderschaaf later earned an individual gold in the 500, winning by over 30 seconds with a final time of 5:14.14.

Taryn Aho of Marquette cruised to first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:02.01. Kali McDonough gave Marquette another victory by diving to first on the 1-meter board with a total score of 163.90.

Last year’s 100 fly winner, Aliah Robertson of Kingsford, took first in the 200 IM this year with a time of 2:10.02. She also was victorious in the 100 fly, stopping the clock in 59.40.

Freshman Joanne Arbic of Sault Area took first in the 50 free, sprinting her way to the wall with a time of 25.35. She then continued her success in the sprint events by winning the 100 free in a quick 56.21.

Members of Kingsford’s 4×50 free relay Emily Bruns (26.99), Sydney Scott (26.25), Allie Schoenborn (26.34), and Peyton Johnson (23.93) led their team to an Upper Peninsula record and first-place finish with a final time of 1:43.51.

Kingsford High’s Peyton Johnson took gold in the 100 back over eight seconds before second-place finisher LaCombe with a time of 56.71. Sydney Herioux of Gladstone was the only 100 breastroker to break 1:10, doing so with a time of 1:08.95.

Marquette finished off the girl’s events on a high note to secure their team title with a win in the 4×100 free relay. Paige Whaley (57.56), Delaney Marchiol (58.36), Jayme Winn (57.58),and Vanderschaaf (55.06) defeated Kingsford’s relay by exactly one second, finishing at 3:58.56.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Houghton – 313
2. Marquette – 203
3. Gladstone – 203
4. Kingsford – 168
5. Sault Area – 117

Houghton started the boys’ meet strong with a win in the 4×50 medley relay as the squad consisting of Kevin Beaghan (28.29), Davin Evans (32.57), Cameron Jackson (28.41) and Colton Haataja (23.34) won the opening event in 1:52.61.

Innerebner earned an Upper Peninsula record in the 200 free with a time of 1:44.02 – 24 seconds ahead of the runner-up – to break his own mark of 1:46.36 set in 2017.He then scored another Upper Peninsula record and state title in the 100 free with a time of 48.27, eclipsing Leevi Olson’s mark of 48.55 set last season.

Beaghan earned an individual gold in the 200 IM with a time of 2:15.67, followed closely by Kolbe Raiche of Kingsford with a time of 2:17.03. Later on, he also earned another piece of hardware in the 100 back with a winning time of 1:01.18.

Josh Nykanen of Marquette took first in the 50 free, splashing-and-dashing to the wall in 23.08 seconds. Haataja followed in second, touching the wall at 23.28. Nykanen also won the 100 breast, getting his hands to the wall first in 1:07.37.

Westwood’s Brock Sundberg won 1-meter diving with a final score of 190.25. Isaac Berthaume of Gladstone won the 100 fly, stopping the clock in 1:05.02 while Josh Lundholm of Kinsford followed closely behind with a time of 1:05.83. Raiche won the 500 with a time of 5:32.83, nearly 20 seconds ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Luke Sturm (5:52.52).

Nicholas LeClaire (25.37), Peter Noblet (26.42), Berthaume (24.73) and Tyler Barteld led Gladstone to a first-place finish in the 4×50 free relay, combining for a final time of 1:41.48. Marquette won the final relay: Robert Bell (54.55), Wyatt Clement (58.59), Bobby Caron (1:01.44) and Nykanen (51.83) finished the 4×100 free in a time of 3:46.41.

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