M-P swim and dive plow past Cascade

EVERETT — Tomahawk swim and dive overwhelmed Cascade at the Bruins’ site at Forest Park Pool in Everett.

The boys defeated the small Cascade squad, 140-45 on Dec. 16. Going against a handful of swimmers, the meet flew by and more than one M-P swimmer tried out a different event against the Bruins.

There were only two new state-qualifying times for Marysville in the meet. Swimming the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle for the first time this season, senior Trevor LeValley easily earned state berths for the events in which he placed third at last year’s state swim meet. He swam a 1:59.61 in the 200 IM and 4:52.80 in the longer event.

Marysville won every event except the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay.

Joining LeValley in twin victories was senior Gabe Lopez, winner of the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle in 54.20 and 1:56.92 respectively. Junior Oliver Durand did it too, taking the 50 freestyle in 24.31 and the 100 butterfly in 57.53.

Senior Zach Russell has continued to lead M-P diving this season after the departure of Taylor Gibson. Against Cascade, Russell took first, breaking the 200-point barrier for a 216.5 score.

Sophomore Spencer Girard won the 100 breaststroke and contributed to the team’s 200 medley relay win, swimming the same stroke of the relay’s second leg. Senior Nathan Schaffer swam the freestyle leg of the same winning relay as well as the Tomahawks’ winning 200 freestyle relay.

Like Russell, senior Brody Coleman won an individual event, taking the 100 backstroke in 1:01.12.

The win something of a foregone conclusion, M-P coach Scott Knowles was a man of few words.

“We had some good times,” he said.

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