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M-P, MG come up short against Mt. Vernon

Marysville Getchell senior captain Austyn Galang competes in the backstroke. - Brandon Adam
Marysville Getchell senior captain Austyn Galang competes in the backstroke.
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MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell lost to Mount Vernon on Jan. 14, but had some individual success.

MG lost 92-87, and M-P lost 99-68.

M-P and MG Head Coach Meredith Jenks said her roster wasn’t completely healthy. “We had several athletes out for this meet,” Jenks said. “So we didn’t have the numbers to fill all our varsity spots.”

The effort from both schools was competitive, with MG only losing by five points.

Jenks believed if her roster was healthier, M-P and MG would’ve had better results.

“I think MG could have beaten Mount Vernon, and M-P would have given them a stronger fight, which may have turned in our favor,” she said.

Jenks said MG’s strongest events were the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle and M-P’s was the 200 IM and the 200-yard freestyle relay. “We had strong swims and scored well in those events,” she said.

Coming off of winter break training, several swimmers from both Marysville schools broke records and qualified for Districts.

MG’s sophomore Connor DeMarco, freshman John Snider and senior Taylor Dalton all made Districts in the 200-yard freestyle.

DeMarco placed second in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 2:01.30.

“He is developing some great racing strategies and they are working well for him,” she said.

Snider placed third,  with a time of 2:08.17, and Taylor placed fourth, with a time of 2:08.97.

M-P’s sophomore Jaeson Wykes placed third in the 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 6:39.57. “Last year, he joined us as a new swimmer and struggled to swim 100 yards,” Jenks said. “He attacked the 500 for the first time, and was only 24 seconds away from qualifying for Districts.”

Both Marysville schools scored well in the dives.

Sophomore Tyler Dukleth placed first, compiling a diving score of 129.35 for MG. “Our divers are improving tremendously,” she said.

MG sophomore Za Bre Sewell, a first-year diver, placed third out of the four MG divers. “He’s a first-year diver, but he is doing pretty darn well,” Jenks said. “Our divers are preparing for a District qualifier Jan. 18, and looking to do very well there.”

Jenks credits dive coach Shauna Kopischka for the divers’ development. “She is new to our program and has a lot of good experience,” she said. “She’s been doing a good job overall.

With the tremendous strides Jenks’ swimmers and divers are making, she hopes the successes will translate into future meets. “We already have a handful of athletes qualified for Districts,” she said. “But we are looking to qualify as many as we can before we get to our JV championship meet.”

As of Jan. 18, both M-P and MG are 1-5 in conference.

 

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