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Marysville swim teams pick up speed
MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck’s swim team has only two seniors, while Marysville Getchell’s oldest swimmers are just sophomores. Both teams had a single objective when they hosted Wesco 3-A opponent Shorecrest as a combo team in Marysville on Oct. 18 — get faster.
And did they ever, as four different Marysville swimmers took first place in individual events and five registered district tournament-qualifying individual performances.
M-P’s A-squad of Melody Coleman, Rosemary Mohr, Karoline Schaufler and Madison Pfeil finished second at 2:14.11 in the 200-yard medley relay to lead the four Marysville teams that finished in the event’s top six. Getchell’s A squad took fourth, followed by M-P’s B- and C-squads in fifth and sixth.
Marysville coach Jaci LeGore Hodgins praised Getchell sophomore Jordan Kercheval’s 2:34.21 performance in the 200-meter freestyle.
“Every week Jordan swims that event and every week she gets faster,” LeGore Hodgins said. “She consistently keeps dropping time in the 200 and 400 freestyle. She’ll swim the 200-freestyle and the 100-fly at Districts.”
Mohr followed her team’s win by qualifying for the 4-A District Tournament with a time of 2:28.59 in the 200-yard freestyle.
“Rosemary’s been working so hard, and for her to qualify for Districts in the 200-free and the 100-fly speaks volumes,” LeGore Hodgins said. “She definitely had two of her best swims in this meet.”
Coleman won the 200-yard individual medley and made 3-A Districts with a total time of 2:21.43, as did Getchell’s Rachel Hartmeyer in second place at 2:22.83.
Schaufler won the 50-yard freestyle and made 3-A Districts at 28.15. She made 4-A Districts in the 100-yard fly with a first-place time of 1:04.04.
Mohr also qualified for 4-A, finishing third in the 100-fly at 1:15.00.
Getchell’s Lia Mullen-Gaffney split first place with Shorecrest’s Brittney Hahn in the 100-yard freestyle at 1:05.30.
Hartmeyer won the 500-yard freestyle and qualified for 3-A Districts with a total time of 5:33.83.
Coleman won the 100-yard backstroke and qualified for 4-A Districts at 1:05.62. Mullen-Gaffney qualified for 3-A and took third at 1:15.33 in her first-ever backstroke race.
M-P’s A team finished the meet by taking first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay at 4:24.35.
“The cool thing about speed sports like swimming and track is that first place is good, but time is the greatest victory if you know you’re getting faster,” LeGore Hodgins said. “We as coaches are so happy to see these kids starting to groove — when it happens, it’s a great reward for everybody.”