Monarch swimmers have new coach


Members of the Marysville High School girls and boys swimming teams are from left, front row, Molly Gregory, Maddie Murphy, Diana Jimenez, MaddieIrving, Emilia Jost, Morgan Grawe and Emma Menge; second row, Blake Counts, Adam Platt, Cannon Moser, Phillip Baker, Jacob Market, Danny Dougherty, Grant Turk, Abby Hemker, Emma Lowe and Remini Roush; third row, Aron Moledor, Kye Longbrake; Hank Luther, Max Miller-Brown, David Bonczak, Shane Hothem, Joey Hazelbaker, Nathan Moledor, Alekah Daniels, Leah Hardy, Lillian Blakesley and Riley Sherick; fourth row, Carly Amrine, Mikayla Seman and Ethan Turk. (Photo submitted)

Marysville High School’s swimming program is under new leadership this season.
Beth Seaman takes over the program from Craig Faircloth, who stepped down after the 2018-19 campaign.
Seaman welcomes a number of returning lettermen to the girls’ squad.
They include:
-Morgan Grawe: 100 butterfly and 50-100 freestyles; 
-Diana Jimenez: 50-100 freestyles;
-Emma Lowe: 100 backstroke;
-Emma Menge: 100 breastroke, 200 freestyle;
-Maddie Murphy: 100 butterfly and 50-100 freestyles;
-Remini Roush: 200-500 freestyles;
-Mikayla Seman: 200-500 freestyles;
-Riley Sherick: 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle.
The boys will be led by a trio of veterans.
They are Hank Luther, 100 breastroke and 100-50 freestyles; Aron Moledor, 200 IM and 500 freestyle; and Ethan Turk, 100 butterfly and 100-50 freestyles.
Newcomers to the Lady Monarchs are:
-Molly Gregory: 200 IM, 100 breastroke and 100 butterfly. She will also be a key member of relay teams, replacing the graduated Rachel Poling;
-Alekah Daniels: 50-100 freestyles and relay teams;
-Carly Amrine: 50-100 freestyles.
Newer members of the boys’ squad include:
-Joey Hazelbaker: 50-100 freestyles, 100 butterfly, 200 IM and relay teams;
-David Bonczak: 50-100 freestyles;
-Shane Hothem: 50-100 freestyles.
“David and Shane were new to swimming last year and both really stepped up and were an integral part of the boys’ relays teams last year at the district tournament,” said Seaman.
-Jacob Markert: 100 breastroke, 200 freestyle;
-Blake Counts: 200 IM and 100 butterfly.
“We are really looking forward to a great season,” said Seaman. “We have really changed things up for the team and had them step outside of their comfort zone a bit during preseason practice.”
The coach has implemented new training sets she said are pushing both teams, which each have 16 on the roster.
That is a huge jump for the boys, who numbered only nine a year ago.
“This really gives us a lot of options when it comes to relays,” said Seaman. “The addition of Joey Hazelbaker is really going to give the boys a great boost this year.
“Hank Luther is on course to break the 100 butterfly record and actually did so at a non-high school meet,” she said. “I am excited to see what he can accomplish this year.
“Aron Moledor and Ethan Turk are returning captains who have stepped up and been great role models to our younger swimmers.”
Grawe holds the girls’ record in the 100 butterfly and will be shooting for the 50 freestyle mark this winter.
She and the younger Seman were individual qualifiers to the Division I district meet last season.
Seaman qualified in the 500 freestyle and with a pair of relay teams.
The girls’ team is looking forward to the additions of Molly Gregory and Alekah Daniels, both freshmen with many years of club experience, according to the coach.

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