Martin Luther King Jr. Invite set for Monday

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Marietta High’s Alex Temesvary competes in an event during a high school swimming match against Parkersburg High earlier this season at the Parkersburg YMCA.

Marietta High will have the “home pool” advantage Monday at noon when it hosts the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational at the Marietta Family YMCA on 7th Street.

After a 2016 first-place MLK finish, the Tiger swimmers were third last year in the combined team scores to first-place New Philadelphia and runner-up Martins Ferry.

Both the Quakers and Purple Riders are back as are John Glenn, Philo, Bishop Rosecrans, and Maysville. This year’s field will also be featuring Athens and Watkins Memorial.

“Athens and New Philly have a lot of depth,” said sixth-year MHS co-head swim coach Courtenay Halliday.

The Tigers’ other coach is Walt Teer, who will be in his eighth year at the swim helm.

Marietta competed last Saturday in the Southeast Ohio Swim League meet at the Muskingum Recreation Center in Zanesville. There, the Tiger girls finished third, one point behind runner-up Baltimore Liberty Union (103-102).

The Athens’ girls took team honors with 133 points; John Glenn was fifth with 41; Rosecrans eighth with 15; and Maysville 11th with five.

The orange and black roster included Maggie Gottfried, Aryn Robinson, Madison Gault, Riley Hearing, Alicen Teer, Allison Hiser, Samantha Zumwalde, Bailey Young, Caitlyn Corpman, Ashley Stewart, Carly Getter, Maddi McKitrick, Audrey Hearing, Logan Pollard, Carley Hines, Piper Halliday, Reagan Loeber, and Rachel Weekley.

Courtenay Halliday believes that Stewart in the 100 butterfly, Loeber in the 100 backstroke, and Teer in the 50 and 100 freestyle bear watching at the MLK event.

Last year, Teer scored an individual double with wins in both events. She also was on the 400 freestyle relay team.

At the SEOSL meet, the MHS boys were seventh with 26 points. AHS was the winner with 108; and John Glenn fourth with 42. On the Tiger roster are Austin Offenberger, Max Garrison, Hayden Reed, Garrett Herb, Alex Temesvary, Jackson Macatol, Sam Gottfried, and Gabe Villarrueta

“Garett Herb has been coming on strong in the sprint free events,” Halliday said.

Also, look for Garrison in the IM (individual medley) and Macatol in the backstroke.

On of the standouts at the SEOSL event, who is scheduled to compete at MLK is John Glenn’s Tara Curtis, a double winner in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

After MLK, Marietta is slated to swim at the River View Invitational on Saturday.