MG swimmers start off season

The MG swim team competed in their first meet of the season Saturday at the Marion Y against Colonel Crawford, Marion Pleasant and Bucyrus. The boys team finished in second place, while the girls were 3rd.

The final score did not reflect how well the swimmers competed, however, since the team’s smaller size dictates how many events can be filled and points scored. The team had a number of first place finishes, including the boys 200 medley relay, made up of Eric Mowery, Tyler Knight, Joel Conrad and Michael Snopik. Eric also came in first in the 500 free, Michael won both the 50 and 100 free, and Joel won the 200 free and 100 back, breaking his own school records in the process. Eric, Joel and Michael also teamed up with Mason Kidwell to win the 400 free relay. Emily Hanft won the 500 free for the girls, as well, and earned a spot in the top 5 for that event.

Cole Hershner, Hayden McClelland, Luke Fraizer, and Kamry Grandstaff all competed in their first high school meet and scored points for varsity, while Seamus Walsh, Ella Fraizer and Abby Kincaid were able to compete in the JV heats. Walsh also earned varsity points in a relay.

Several swimmers earned personal bests or came really close at their first meet of the season, including Taylor Robinson, Adriana Tinch, Michaela McGill, Kidwell and Mowery.

According to coach Dina Snow, “They have been training well and we have incorporated several new drills into our practices. Considering how little time we have had in the water due to cross country, quarantines and injuries, I think the swimmers have done a phenomenal job. This was also a meet in which spectators weren’t allowed, so that can have an impact mentally when parents and friends can’t be there.”

Next up for the Indians is a home meet against Upper Sandusky and Marion Harding on Dec. 16 at the Marion Y.