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Swimmers, divers compete at state
FEDERAL WAY — The Marysville Getchell and Marysville-Pilchuck boys swimmers and divers competed at the WIAA State Swim and Dive Meet at the Federal Way Aquatic Center on Feb. 15-16.
“The Marysville Getchell 200-yard medley relay team got a wildcard in the district tournament to advance to state,” said M-P and MG head coach Meredith Jenks.
The 200-yard medley relay team consisted of Kevin Korte, Daniel Swanson, Taylor Dalton and Connor DeMarco, who finished with a 1:51.82 in preliminaries. They entered in 24th place and finished in 21st place.
“They swam very well. They entered districts at 1:51 and did that again at state, which is really great for them because they dropped a bunch of time at districts to get to 1:51.”
Also from Marysville Getchell were divers Dominique Gray and Brisen Williams.
“Dominique had qualified for state at districts with his score and Brisen got a wildcard,” said Jenks. “Dominique made it into the finals and finished 14th overall.”
For Marysville-Pilchuck, two athletes qualified for the state meet — diver Taner Husby and swimmer Colin Willis.
“Taner dove really well and made it into the diving finals,” said Jenks. “He finished in 13th place, just above Dominique.”
Willis was the only individual state swim qualifier from either team.
“Colin Willis qualified for the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke and he swam exceptionally well,” said Jenks.
Willis finished his 100-yard butterfly in 53.31 seconds.
“In the 100 fly prelims he dropped a half-second from his district times and when he made it into finals he dropped another tenth of a second. He finished sixth, which was really great,” said Jenks.
His best performance may have been the 100-yard backstroke, where Willis finished with a time of 53.78.
“He swam exceptionally well at districts and dropped 2.5 seconds off his time and had a 53.24 in prelims,” said Jenks. “In finals he held steady at 53 seconds and took sixth place overall. That was by far his most amazing swim in the meet. He was happy and we were really happy with him and with all of the swimmers and divers who made it to state this year.”