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Tommies, Chargers face off against Lake Stevens in the pool | SLIDESHOW
M-P found what it was looking for as they beat Lake Stevens 104-82 with first-place finishes in eight events. MG recorded two second-place and three third-place finishes but fell to the Vikings 131-51.
“For this meet we put our lineup together based on our swimmers’ best events to match up with Lake Stevens’,” M-P and MG head coach Meredith Jenks said. “A lot of swimming is individual. You as a person have to decide, ‘What are your goals and what do you want?’”
The Tomahawk A team of junior Jacob Blomberg (29.91 seconds), seniors Jon Ell (30.65) and Justin Cram (28.76) and junior Ryan Carr (28.12) took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a total time of 1:57.44. Getchell’s A team of seniors Matt Knowlton (30.93) and David Fugate (34.45), sophomore Taylor Dalton (28.30) and junior Kevin Korte (25.37) took third at 1:59.05.
M-P’s B team of seniors Casey Mills (34.69) and Corey Coombs (32.83), sophomore Owin Ell (31.69) and senior Connor Zurcher (28.74) finished fifth.
Tomahawk junior Colin Willis (1:53.22), senior Andrew Winquist (1:56.32) and sophomore Jonathan Pusateri (2:10.55) placed first, second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. All three qualified for Districts.
“We worked hard through winter practice,” assistant coach Cully Preston said. “We had been working on distance and stroke work before, but now we’ll start to work on speed. We were missing (Tomahawk) Josh Estella in the 100 fly and 100 dash because of tendonitis, but he’ll be back in the pool any week.”
Blomberg (2:23.50 for first place) and Cram (2:30.14 for second) recorded Districts times in the 200-yard individual medley. Owin Ell (2:36.96 for fifth) qualified for 3A Districts. Dalton (2:36.89 for fourth) made 3A Districts as well.
Knowlton (24.85 for second) qualified for 4A Districts in the 50-yard freestyle. Korte took fourth at 0:26.12. Jon Ell (25:05 for third) also made 4A Districts.
M-P senior Tyler Russell took second in the 1-meter dive with 174.10 points. Tomahawk Deshawn Lee took fifth with 90.75.
Cram (1:06.49) won the 100-yard butterfly and made 4A Districts. Dalton (1:08.45) took second. Sophomore Grant Baker (1:12.36) took third.
Willis (51.83) won the 100-yard freestyle to make Districts. Blomberg (58.38) made 3A Districts in third. Pusateri (58.94) took fourth. Korte (59.43) finished fifth.
Winquist won the 500-yard freestyle and made Districts at 5:17.38. Getchell junior Michael Cozart took fourth at 6:42.77.
M-P’s A relay team (1:39.85) won the 200-yard free relay. The B team (1:50.95) took third. MG’s A team (1:50.96) took fourth.
Tomahawk junior Thomas Durand (1:08.56) made Districts at second place in the 100-yard backstroke. Knowlton (1:08.72) made 4A Districts as well in third.
Jon Ell (1:10.13) took second in the 100-yard breaststroke and made 3A Districts. Coombs (1:12.88) took third and qualified as well. Getchell junior Daniel Swanson (1:18.98) took third and M-P sophomore Mark Carr finished fifth at 1:25.02.
The Tomahawk A relay team completed the three-event sweep by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay at 3:46.14. The B team finished fourth at 4:33.62. Getchell’s A team took fifth at 4:36.13.
“We came out of winter break and got back into swimming hard,” Jenks said. “There was some fatigue, but we’re looking forward to the (Jan. 14) Kentridge meet.”