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Clark wins district diving competition
M-P sophomore Sarah Clark continued to shine brightly for the Tomahawk dive team.
Clark won the District One diving meet at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Oct. 20, doing so by throwing 11 dives with the highest degree of difficulty of the 10 divers in competition.
Clarks state-qualifying score of 356.35 gave her the top spot over a pair of freshmen from Kamiak. Dives by third-place finisher Erika McClung rivaled Clark for difficulty, but ultimately not for score. While both threw dives with rates of difficulty in excess of 13, Clark edged McClung by 45 points.
Fellow Tomahawk divers Liz Kuljis, Marysa Eastman and Kalyn Thomas finished sixth through eighth respectively.
Just eyeballing this, we dominate. We had four divers, and its pretty impressive when they score top 10, or top eight, said M-P swim and dive coach Jaci Legore Hodgins.
The dive teams performance was a nice rebound from a difficult meet against Jackson High School Oct. 18. At the Mill Creek pool, Jackson defeated the Tomahawks 120-50.
M-P competed without junior Melinda Blomberg, which Legore Hodgins said caused the team to adjust their goals for the meet. With a six-win season, the Tommies had originally hoped to surprise and topple an undefeated Jackson squad.
Without Blomberg or their diving team Jacksons pool lacks a diving board the Tomahawks won only one of 11 varsity events. The 200 freestyle relay of Megan Shoemaker, Emily Reinig, Leah Gordon and Jewel LeValley won after the winning Jackson team was disqualified.
But despite the box score, M-P had some victories, Legore Hodgins said.
Even though the score was deadly, it had some very good things that happened. For losing like we did, it was not a bad meet by any means, she said.
Freshman LeValley swam some of her best personal times in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, and swam her fastest-ever split in the winning 200 relay, according to her coach.
As host of the district prelims and finals, M-P will be swimming at home until the state swim and dive meet Nov. 9-10.