Monarch swimmers post personal best times; still waiting on other team results from virtual meets


Mallory Seaman (above) and Joey Hazelbaker (below) of Marysville compete during Monday’s virtual meet against Benjamin Logan. The Raiders will compete in their portion of the meet today. (Journal-Tribune photos by Tim Miller)

The Marysville High School swimming season can be described at best as a bit unusual due to COVID-19.
The Monarchs have competed in virtual meets against their opponents.
The competing teams swim at their own home location, with a certified official in attendance.
After teams finish each meet, times are compared to declare a winner.
“Virtual meets are a bit tricky and we are at the mercy of the other team and when they send in their results,” said MHS coach Beth Seman. “On Friday, in our virtual meet against Dublin Jerome we had some great swims, but we don’t yet know all the places or scores.”
Danny Dougherty had a solid meet as he dropped 2.5 seconds in his 200 freestyle event.
His new best time is 2:26.40.
“Danny has really improved and found his niche with the middle distance events,” said Seman. “Nathan Moledor has been working incredibly hard in practice and it’s paying off. He had a 2:28.14, which is over a 13-second time drop in the 200 IM over his best time last season.”
Joey Hazelbaker swam well and is inching closer to several personal goals. He dropped almost a second in his 100 butterfly with a new best time of 1:01.68.
Emma Menge dropped .22 seconds off her 200 IM with a new personal record of 2:43.91.
JV swimmer Abby Hemker competed in the 100 backstroke and wiped outmore than 14 seconds from her best time last season. Her new time is 1:40.12.
Another solid JV performance came from first-year swimmer Paige Thallman. She dropped four seconds for a new 100 freestyle time of 1:24.73
The Monarchs competed in their portion of a virtual meet against Benjamin Logan on Monday.
The Raiders will swim their portion of the meet today.
Notable swims included Max Miller-Brown, whose new 200 freestyle time of 2:23.75 is five seconds faster than his best time from last week.
Jacob Markert swam his best-ever 100 freestyle with a new time of 58.46. That is more than a four-second time difference.
Eva Taracko tackled the 200 freestyle and finished with her fastest swim since the previous club season.
She erased more than four seconds for a time of 2:32.94.
“Remini Roush is pushing herself hard this season and it’s showing,” said Seaman. “She dropped more than a second in the 200 IM (2:39.72).
“Katheryn Mager is coming into her own and in getting her new best 50 freestyle time of 30.40, is inching ever closer to that sub-30 mark.
“All-in-all, I’m very pleased with how well the kids are swimming right now,” said the coach. “We have a ton of meets coming up that normally wouldn’t be so close together.
“However, due to Covid and rescheduling, there wasn’t much choice.”

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