Marysville-Pilchuck Tommies remain undefeated

Brandon Caldwell on his way to winning the 100-yard breaststroke race. - Travis Sherer
Brandon Caldwell on his way to winning the 100-yard breaststroke race.
— image credit: Travis Sherer

LAKE STEVENS — The Tomahawks blew the Vikings out of the water Dec. 17 with a 119-66 Wesco Conference win.

Marysville-Pilchuck came away with nine top finishers in the 12 events en route to maintaining its perfect (5-0) record. M-P’s five meets have come in two weeks, leaving the team, and coach Scott Knowles, tired.

“I think it wears me out more than it wears them out,” said Knowles, whose voice was noticeably hoarse.

If his swimmers were tired, however, they didn’t let it show. The Tomahawks came away with winners in both the 200-medly relay (1:44.47) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.44).

Senior Oliver Durand, a member of both winning relay teams, recorded wins in both the 50-yard freestyle (23.30) and the 100-freestyle (49.54).

Junior Spencer Girard had a particularly notably match, as a member of the 400-free relay team, and winning the 200 freestyle (1:54.01) and the 500 freestyle (5:09.18).

“We had a number of great races,” Knowles said. “But Spencer broke the two-minute mark in the 200 (freestyle). That is a big deal in a swimmer’s development. It’s a big deal for a guy to swim the 100 in one minute.”

Joining Durand in the 200 medley relay was Brandon Caldwell, Josh Estella and Jason Pusateri, while Durand and Girard were teamed up with Pusateri and Andrew Winquist in the 400-freestyle relay.

Other individual winners for the Tomahawks were Zach Russell in diving with a score of 197.70, and Caldwell touched the sensor first in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:07.54.

Knowles singled out freshman Colin Willis’ fifth-place time in the 100 free as an exceptional step. With a time of 56.81, Willis earned a trip to the District 1 meet.

This is the time that Knowles said he has time to push his swimmers.

“No school means more time and a lot more swimming,” he said. “More yards. We build a yardage base first and taper from there.”

Now that the Tommies have survived a surge of meets to begin the winter season, they take a break from competition until Jan. 6 at Sehome.

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