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Marysville swimmers qualify for districts, state | SLIDESHOW
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell swim teams competed against Everett High School at the Forest Park Pool in Everett on Oct. 2, a contest that ended with several district and state qualifying times.
Marysville-Pilchuck won the meet against Everett with a 102-67 victory, while Everett topped Marysville Getchell 107-55.
“Hannah Taylor left with a state qualifying time in the 200-meter relay,” said Jaci LeGore Hodgins, head coach of both teams. “That was really something because there was no diving off at this meet, and she finished with a 2:00.47.”
Taylor also qualified for state in the 100-meter breast stroke with a final time of 1:10.53.
M-P also won the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 2:11.85. The relay team included Melody Coleman, Hannah Taylor, Rebekah Pusateri and Ashlee Richmond.
Coleman won the 50-meter freestyle with a 28.33 and Rebekah Pusateri won the 100-meter butterfly with a final time of 1:24.39.
“That was really a big deal because she hadn’t done that race before,” said LeGore Hodgins of Pusateri, who also won the 100-meter backstroke with a final time of 1:16.90.
The 200-meter freestyle relay was won by M-P swimmers Lydia Strough, Elana Wharton, Serena Corbett and Coleman. The 400-meter relay was also a winning event for M-P, as Coleman, Richmond, Pusateri and Taylor finished with a final time of 4:14.67.
“Getchell has yet to win a meet,” said LeGore Hodgins. “That is simply due to a lack of womanpower. In this situation [at Everett], there was no diving, which was tough because MG has such great divers.”
MG swim team captain Courtney Moss is one of the divers who have found success in the 2012 season, having qualified for the 3A 11-dive state championships after breaking her own diving score on both skill and degree of difficulty. Another MG diver who is finding success this season is Roma Cancio, who has scored consistently high in the first half of this season.
For the Everett meet, several MG swimmers still emerged victorious over the Seagulls. Lia Mullen-Gaffney won the 100-meter butterfly with a final time of 1:18.58, a district qualifying time.
“Again, to do that in this pool is a big deal,” said Hodgins. Mullen-Gaffney competed in the following event, the 100-meter freestyle, and won that event as well with a final time of 1:06.78.
The relay team also found success, with a victory in the 200-meter relay by Mullen-Gaffney, Amanda Tabler, Emma Beauchamp and Jordan Kercheval, who finished with a time of 2:10.16.
The next meet for the Chargers and Tomahawks swimmers is set for the Marysville-Pilchuck pool against the Stanwood Spartans on Oct. 11 at 2:45 p.m.