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M'ville swimmer, divers compete at State


November 15, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Marysville Getchell's Bindi Pederson races the butterfly leg of the 200 Individual Medley during semis at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Nov. 10.

The Marysville girls swim and dive team from Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell high schools competed during the State Swim and Dive meet on Nov. 10-11.

With 35 teams competing at State, Marysville sent three athletes, one from Marysville-Pilchuck and two from Marysville Getchell. With only one diver, the Tomahawks still managed to score nine points and finished 27th overall. The Chargers had one swimmer and one diver as they combined for 37 points and the 19th place finish.

Marysville-Pilchuck entered one athlete into the State competition, senior diver Lauren Carson. Carson entered the prelims as one of the better divers competing as she made it into semifinals sitting at 9th place out of 24, with a score of 152.05. She continued her impressive performance with another 9th-place finish in the semis, 223.70. Carson maintained a consistent performance as she finished with a score of 303.50 and the 9th-place finish out of the final 16.

"We haven't had someone come through this program who wants to dive in college and Lauren is the first to pursue that. She's just starting to grow her resume as a diver and has made huge improvements," said Marysville Head Coach Jaci Legore-Hodgins.

Marysville Getchell entered a pair of juniors to compete, Lexi Kilbourn, diver, and Bindi Pederson, swimmer. Kilbourn kept a level head as she put together a 12th-place finish in the prelims with a score of 141.70. In the semifinals, she had a slight slip as she fell down two places to finish 14th, 210.45. In the finals, Kilbourn put together her best set of dives on the year as she finished with a score of 300.00 and 11th place.

"Considering it was Bindi's first State, I think for her to finish second and to hold the district record that was set previously in 1998, is exceptional. As a junior, it was the perfect State because she shined in the prelims and then had a finals that left her hungry for more," said Coach Legore-Hodgins.

Andrew Hines

Lexi Kilbourn gets up high for the Chargers as she dives during the State Semis at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Nov. 10.

Pederson took on two events as she competed in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. She came out with a hot start in the 200 IM as she grabbed the first-place finish in the prelims, 2:07.17. Going into the finals she went in with extreme confidence and kept it close, as she just barely missed a State title with a second-place finish and a time of 2:07.35. Pederson also competed for a top finish in the 100 breaststroke as she had a strong start with a fifth-place spot in the prelims with a time of 1:06.77. In the finals, she secured that fifth-place spot with a final time of 1:06.51.

Marysville Getchell's program is looking bright for this next season as they have two returning state competitors and a strong junior class. The Chargers also broke a school record this year in the 200-yard medley relay, 2:08.00, with the team led by Pederson as well as Emma Savage, Isabella Bennett and Adrien Penny.


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