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JV swimmers close season at home

Teammates cheer on Julia Turner near the starting block as Turner competes in the 200 individual medley. -
Teammates cheer on Julia Turner near the starting block as Turner competes in the 200 individual medley.
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MARYSVILLE For every three girls who compete in a varsity event at a swim meet, there are about a half dozen more swimming the same events junior varsity, trying to qualify for districts alongside the girls a little faster than them.
On Oct. 25, most of them swam their last meet of the season. But a handful of Tomahawks extended their season another week, qualifying for districts in individual events.
Freshmen Mallory Hanson and Melody Travis each made the cut for the 100 butterfly, while senior Sandra Todd qualified in the 100 breaststroke. Travis had already qualified for districts with her time in the 100 backstroke.
The meet was a moving event for M-P coach Jaci Legore Hodgins.
Everyone felt so cheered for, and they could feel the love from their teammates. Thats what defines being on a great team, when you can feel that. I was so inspired that I couldnt even go to sleep that night and they said the same thing, she said. It was this energy that was just so positive and so full of love and dedication to their teammates. It was just the coolest, most beautiful thing to witness as a coach.
Another highlight for her was to see one of the teams six seniors extend her season another week. Todds district time in the breaststroke means shell swim against the best from District 1 in her favorite event. Shell have the added advantage of swimming in her home pool, as M-P hosts the district meet Nov. 1.
The Tomahawks lone victory of the meet came from junior Addie Dittenber, who won the diving competition, but the Tommies took second place overall to Snohomish. The JV team avenged their varsity counterparts, defeating the Jackson JV squad after Jackson varsity had beat M-P varsity a week earlier.
Several young swimmers showed dramatic improvement.
Freshman Deana Fuller cut nine seconds off her time in the 50 freestyle and seven seconds from her previous best in the 100 backstroke.
Another was freshman Chandler Forsythe, whose 500 freestyle time was 14 seconds better than shed ever recorded.
Her entire team was at the end of the lane, and she swam a race that was so incredibly athletic and strong and displayed what good of shape she was in, that she really showed us that there is a lot of potential there, Legore Hodgins said.
It just is one of those things where youre like, wow. That would be my reaction to this meet in one word, is wow, she added.

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