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Local swimmers compete at District meet

 

Andrew Hines

John Snider flies down his lane during the 100 yard butterfly at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, on Feb. 11.

The Wesco 3A boys District finals was held on Feb. 11 at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell entered the finals with a combined total of 22 athletes. Throughout the competition Marysville Getchell showed up in a big way as they qualified multiple boys to State.

Marysville Getchell finished with a total score of 115 and placed ninth.

Marysille-Pilchuck finished with a total score of 53 and placed 11th out of 13 teams.

"We are going to mix things up with some strategies, techniques on where to tighten up and the mental mindset heading into State. As coaches we can work on hard sets and technique, but it comes down to one thing - can you have yourself mentally ready? It's all about how they deal with the emotions and anxiety. We're going to focus on mental training and making sure they have the confidence to do what we want and hit the goals that we have been looking at all year," said Marysville Head Coach Meredith Jenks.

Andrew Hines

Marysville Getchell's Zack Scharbach gets up high for his first dive of the finals at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, on Feb. 11.

John Snider has been a huge leader for the Marysville team. As a senior, and one of the best performers in the water, he has stepped up in a big way to move the team forward. Snider also performed well at the District meet as he recorded 54.95 seconds in the 100 yard butterfly. This earned him a third-place finish and qualified him for State.

Another Marysville senior, Zack Scharbach, also qualified for State in diving. He scored approximately 120 points higher from his prelim scores to end with a total of 392.30, which also earned him the second-place finish.

Finally, Nathaniel Ludwig finished with a fourth-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle, recording a time of 23.06 seconds. Coach Jenks is currently hoping for a wildcard spot to open for Ludwig so he has a chance to compete at the State level.

If you want to attend the State Swim/Dive Championships they will be held at the King County Aquatics Center from Feb. 17-18.

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