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Individuals shine in loss to Snohomish
MARYSVILLE The diving trio of Sarah Clark, Kalyn Thomas and Liz Kuljis swept the top three spots, but M-P was unable to pull off the upset of Wesco North swimming sovereigns Snohomish Sept. 20.
The Panthers won the meet, 99-87.
M-P swim coach Jaci Legore Hodgins could barely contain her happiness with the diving performances.
Starting with our divers, they went 1-2-3 again. That is 13 points for the team, she said. For Snohomish to not even break into our top three with their divers was a major accomplishment.
Kuljis, the third M-P diver, earned 153.3 points on the diving board, edging Snohomishs Olivia Gaffney by nine-tenths of a point. Sophomore Clark dived her way to a 178.75 score for first place and Thomas had 160.35 points.
The Tomahawk team had several strong individual and relay performances. Junior captain Kami Girard won the 100-yard backstroke in a nail-biter over Snohomishs Sarah Shawback, finishing in a state-qualifying time of 1:02.38. Girard more handily won the 100 freestyle in a district time of 57.06.
Another squeaker victory came courtesy freshman Jewel LeValley. In a district-qualifying 2:07.86, LeValley beat Panther Jasmine Labitzke by less than a second in the 200 freestyle.
Junior Melinda Blomberg edged her younger teammate in the 500 freestyle. LeValley finished about 10 seconds behind Blomberg with a 5:54.76 performance and the two combined to provide the team another 10 points for the event.
LeValley, Blomberg, Girard and freshman Amy Renslo completed the 400-freestyle relay just a hair under four minutes. The time was good for second place and about eight seconds of state eligibility.
Renslos 100 butterfly was also tantalizingly close to a state time. Her 1:02.81 was district-eligible and seven-tenths of a second from state.
Among other top finishes: sophomore Leah Gordon finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.15 and Renslo and LeValley swam a second-place 200-freestyle relay with senior Michaela Caldwell and junior Amanda Vincelette.
We had 44 personal improvements. That is a tremendous feat and gets us very excited for our meets to come. We have a big one this Saturday down at the Weyerhauser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Legore Hodgins said. We are very excited to see how our divers and swimmers perform in the state pool and on the state diving board.