Monarch swimmers open season with second-place finishes during tri meets

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Jacob Meyer is shown during competition in Worthington on Tuesday. The Monarch squads placed second during triangular action against Worthington Kilbourne and Bloom Carroll.
(Journal-Tribune photos by Tim Miller)
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The 2017-18 swimming season opened for Marysville High School on Tuesday with triangular meets in Worthington.
Worthington Kilbourne hosted the competition that included the Monarchs and Bloom Carroll.
Kilbourne won the boys competition with a score of 112, while MHS tallied 47 and Bloom Carroll came up with eight.
Kilbourne notched 85 points during the girls meet, followed by Marysville-70 and BC-seven.
First-place finishes for the Monarchs were as follows:
Boys
-200 IM: Aron Moledor, 2:18.73;
-100 breaststroke: Hank Luther, 1:07.19.
Girls
-100 butterfly: Morgan Grawe, 1:02.19;
-100 freestyle: Rachel Poling, 57.70;
-200 freestyle relay: (Morgan Grawe, Mikayla Seman, Diana Jimenez, Poling), 1:49.57;
-100 backstroke: Seman, 1:08.83;
-100 breaststroke: Poling, 1:13.28.
“I was very pleased to see how well and competitive both the boys and girls teams swam during their first meet of the season,” said coach Craig Faircloth. “It was exciting to see how many swimmers achieved personal best times so early in the season.
“The girls won five out of the 11 total events, which helped us have our best and closest finish in the past five years against traditional dual-meet opener Worthington Kilbourne.
“Our boys are definitely in a rebuilding phase this year after graduating so much depth and talent over the past few years,” he said. “Although they won just two out of the 11 events, I’m very pleased to see the level of effort and competitiveness they showed.
“It was exciting to see two freshman swimmers, Morgan Grawe and Hank Luther, both easily win one of their individual events. Our goal each year is to prepare each swimmer and relay to achieve their best times at the end of the season during the OCC, sectional, district and state championship meet progression.”



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