High school swimmers from Marysville are wrapping up their regular season and getting ready for the postseason.
The teams from Marysville Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell will head to WEST Coast Aquatics in Mill Creek on Oct. 20 to compete against Archbishop Murphy and give the swimmers another chance to qualify for the postseason.
“We have a lot of new people on our team this year,” coach Meredith Jenks said, adding there’s strong veterans on the team too. The two girls teams, which have a combined roster of 35 swimmers, practice together and compete at the same meets together.
Nanako Kempma, a junior at Marysville Getchell, is an all-around swimmer, Jenks said.
“Her sprint free style has really been blossoming this year,” Jenks said.
On Sept. 22 against Mariner, Kempma broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle. Then, during a meet against Glacier Peak Oct. 13, she was on the team that broke the school record in the 400-yard freestyle. Also on Marysville Getchell’s relay team was senior Lorelei Pringle, freshman Natalie Benett and freshman Milee Yanagida.
Kempma has qualified for district in every event, but Jenks said Kempma will be able to compete in two individual events and on two relay teams. Jenks said Kempma isn’t sure yet on the events she’ll choose.
Jenks also complimented the efforts of Pringle at Marysville Getchell, who is also the team captain. “She’s an amazing athlete and leader.”
Marysville Pilchuck has several swimmers hoping to qualify for districts before the end of the season. Jenks said Marysville Pilchuck’s junior Bri Zander, sophomore Madison Cook, sophomore Maddie Chabot and sophomore Kenzie Collins hope to earn a spot to district.
The two school’s dive teams are brand new. They have a new coach, Lauren Carson, and a new group of divers. “She’s teaching the basics,” Jenks said of Carson.
Zia Murry, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck, has learned six dives, but she needs to learn 11 dives to qualify for district.
After the regular season, the junior varsity championships take place Oct. 27. Wesco 3A districts take place Nov. 2, Nov. 4, and Nov. 5. Girls swim state championships take place Nov. 10 through Nov. 12.