Lady Monarch swimmers will be strong; boys in rebuilding mode

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Members of the Marysville High School swimming program are from left, front row, Leah Hardy, Mikayla Seman, Emily Rodenhausen, Karlie Marlatt, Diana Jimenez, Morgan Grawe and Rachel Poling; second row, Emma Myers, Emma Menge, Abby Hemker, Remini Roush, Riley Sherick, Shane Hothem, Ethan Turk, Hank Luther, Emma Lowe and Jacob Markert; back row, Cori Lee, Aron Moledor, Sophie Taracko, Jacob Meyer, Margaret Hakola, Cassi Van Dyke, Maddie Irving, Adam Platt, Maddie Watts, David Bonczak, Kye Longbrake, Madelyn Murphy, Olivia Thallman and Jenny Larsen.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
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The girls’ side of the Marysville High School swimming ledger will be strong during the 2018-19 season.
On the other hand, the Monarch boys will still be in a rebuilding mode.
“This year’s girls team will be the strongest team I have coached in the past six years, ” said Craig Faircloth. “We have two returning individual event team record holders in Rachel Poling (100 freestyle) and Morgan Grawe (100 butterfly) who are looking to improve on last year’s record-breaking swims.
“They also have the potential to break additional individual and relay records this season.”
Diana Jimenez and Mikayla Seman joined Poling and Grawe to shatter the school’s 400 freestyle relay record last year.  The quartet will be looking to break that relay record again and also have the potential to break additional records.
Poling leads a strong list of returning lettermen. She will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle, along with the 100 breastroke.
Other lettermen for the Lady Monarchs are:
-Jimenez: 50 and 100 freestyle;
-Maddie Murphy: 100 butterfly, 50 and 100 freestyle;
-Seman: 100 backstroke, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle;
-Grawe: 100 butterfly, 50 and 100 freestyle;
-Remini Roush: 100 backstroke, 200 and 500 freestyle.
With only nine athletes on the roster, the Monarch boys will have to endure another rebuilding campaign.
“We have five boys with many years of competitive swimming experience (three as varsity lettermen) to draw from and four boys for whom this year is their first competitive swimming experience,” said Faircloth. “Fortunately, we have several versatile swimmers and that should allow us to cover all events contested with one or more swimmers in each individual event.”
Marysville’s boys lettermen are Aron Moledor, 100 breastroke, 200 IM; Ethan Turk: 100 butterfly, 50 and 100 freestyle; and Hank Luther, 100 breaststroke, 50 and 100 freestyle, 200 IM.
“We will be relying on the boys with previous swim team experience to mentor the boys who are new to the team and competitive swimming in order to step-up with quality efforts this season,” said Faircloth. “The boys have the potential this year of qualifying one or more individual swimmers and one or more relays into the Central District championships.”
Additional swimmers include:
-Jacob Markert: 200 and 500 freestyle;
-Adam Platt: 100 breastroke, 50 and 100 freestyle;
-Kyle Longbrake: 100 breastroke, 50 freestyle;
-David Bonczak: 50 and 100 freestyle;
-Shane Hothem: 50 and 100 freestyle;
-Jenny Larsen: (Norwegian exchange student): 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke;
-Sophie Taracko: 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke;
-Emma Myers: 100 backstroke, 200 and 500 freestyle;
-Emma Menge: 200 & 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 100 butterfly;
-Riley Sherick: 50, 100 and 200 freestyle.



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