WATERWORKS: Tiger swimmers finish second at MLK Invitational
Monday marked the only home meet the Marietta High swim team will have this season, the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, and the Tigers represented it well, finishing second overall.
“Our team did really well,” said Marietta head coach Walt Teer. “We were second overall, boys and girls. We had some good efforts. We had some kids drop in time.”
The Tri Valley Scotties took home first prize, while the Williamstown girls team finished third.
Marietta was led by several strong individual performances.
In the first event, the 200 yard medley relay, the team of Julie Fobes, Haley Varnadoe, Lucia Picciano and Amanda Ferguson finished second with a time of 2:16.36. That same group, with Katie Rauch replacing Varnadoe, would end up winning the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 2:00.48.
Varnadoe, a sophomore, later finished second in the 200 yard individual medley (2:48.15) and third in the 500 yard freestyle (6:36.59), respectively.
Picciano, a freshman, claimed victories in the 50 yard freestyle (28.81) and the 100 yard butterfly (1:17.57). Fellow freshman Arianna Lannigan finished third in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:28.58) while senior Amelia Gulick finished fourth (1:33.26) in the same event.
Fobes, a senior, notched second place finishes in the 50 yard freestyle (29.38) and the 100 yard backstroke (1:14.93) while Rauch had a third place finish in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 1:10.13.
On the boys’ side, the relay team of Joe Roberts, Jon Cremeans, Jack Halliday and Nathan McVicar was victorious in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:25.05 and also finished in second place in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:13.15.
Halliday, a freshman, contributed a pair of second place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle (2:18.34) and the 500 yard freestyle (6:28.42). Fellow freshman McVicar grabbed first place in the 50 yard freestyle (25.88) and second place in the 100 yard freestyle (57.29).
Cremeans, a senior, timed 1:23.37 in the 100 yard breaststroke to place fourth.
Marietta was led by the performances of six freshmen and several inexperienced upperclassmen.
“We have a lot of first year swimmers,” Teer said. “We are definitely in a rebuilding year. Going forward, we’re looking to have probably the strongest girls’ team we’ve ever had.”
The Williamstown girls were led by first place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle (2:19.46) and the 500 yard freestyle (6:14.96) by Kristianna Weppler. Weppler, along with Sarah DeBolt, Savannha Dedrick and Shealee Mossor, finished second in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:45.35.
As for the meet, it did not attract the number of schools it usually does.
“We had a smaller turnout than usual,” Teer said. “The meet went by really fast, which some people liked.
“Next year we’re gonna try to get some rewards and promote it more.”
Up next for the Tigers will be the sectional tournament at Ohio University on Feb. 9.