Marysville High School’s swimming teams set records and advanced athletes to district competition during Saturday’s Division I sectional at Thomas Worthington High School.
The girls 200 medley relay team of Mikayla Seman, Rachel Poling, Morgan Grawe and Diana Jiminez advanced to the district with a third-place time of 1:55.71.
The same girls qualified for the district with a sixth-place effort in the 400 freestyle relay. Their time of 3:53.49 set a new school mark.
The boys 200 freestyle relay team of Hank Luther, Ethan Turk, Aron Moledor and Hunter Lowe placed eighth in 1:40.95. That qualified them for the district.
MHS will also send athletes to the district in three individual events.
Poling placed fifth in the 100 breastroke with a time of 1:07.74 and was eighth in the 100 freestyle with a new school record of 54.50.
Grawe will compete in the district on Saturday at Ohio University in the 100 butterfly. She was sixth in 1:01.35.
“Both our boys and girls teams swam extremely well at Sectionals,” said coach Craig Faircloth. “Rachel Poling showed tremendous mental and physical toughness after suffering from the effects of a virus for the past two weeks to record huge time drops in both of her individual events.
“Her 100 freestyle time of 54.50 smashed the old record held by Miranda Hampton of 55.69 set in 2010.
“I’m very proud of the effort our swimmers gave in each swim,” he said. “They truly left their effort in the pool with no regrets that they could have gone faster. The vast majority of our swimmers swam lifetime best times in their individual events, which is our goal every year.”
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