School swim record falls at Marysville

MARYSVILLE — While the Tomahawk swim team no longer boasts a perfect record, they can boast a new record.

A school record, that is.

Though the girls fell 95-88 to Snohomish in an Oct. 9 dual meet against the Panthers and Glacier Peak, a 12-year-old swimming mark came down off the wall as the 400 freestyle relay of Kami Girard, Megan Shoemaker, Jewel LeValley and Kendall Vincelette swam a 3:47.89. The previous record was set in 1996 by Emily Hutson, Richelle Little, Sarah Imholt and Tracie Valentine.

Following their fourth state time in the longer relay, the girls are also within a second of a state time and school record in 200 freestyle relay.

The Tomahawks had no other new state times, although Vincelette swam another state-qualifying time in the 100 butterfly.

“We had a flat first half and then we woke up,” said M-P swim coach Jaci Legore Hodgins, calling the meet a kick in the rear. “I really really think this is good for us.”

Marysville swimmers won five events in the 12-event three-team meet, defeating Glacier Peak 125-61.

LeValley won the 200 freestyle, while senior Melinda Blomberg won the 500 freestyle and Girard won the 100 backstroke. Divers Sarah Clark and Liz Kuljis went 1-2 in the meter dive, while the 200 freestyle relay edged a state-qualifying Glacier Peak team to win that event.

The divers enjoyed success again two days later at the district 1 diving meet at Kamiak Oct. 11. Clark, Kuljis and sophomore Marysa Eastman finished 2-3-4 out of 19 divers at the meet. Clark had her second state-qualifying performance at Kamiak, following a late September meet when she and Eastman both scored high enough at the 11-dive meet. (Divers only throw six dives at dual meets and cannot qualify there for state.)

The Tomahawk swimmers face what may be their biggest challenge yet this season as they visit Jackson Oct. 16. The next zone diving meet takes place at the M-P pool Oct. 25.

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