By Nick Beversdorf
On Thursday, the Hatchet swimmers faced off against Lakeland Union, defeating them with a final team score of 92-73. Tomahawk held the lead in most events, however a few key losses coupled with Lakeland taking second and third in almost all events put them in the running with the Hatchets the whole way.
For the varsity 200-yard medley relay, the Hatchet A-Team consisting of Megan Marcks, Kirstin Marcks, Katy Volz and Shelby Benaszeski placed first with a combined time of 1:58.57.
Kylee Theiler placed first in the varsity 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.6 with Rachel Dallman right behing her at 2:10.04, good for second. Kaylie Svacina placed first in the varsity 200-yard IM with a time of 2:31.46 and Kirstin Marcks was right behind her to take second with a time of 2:38.4.
In the JV 50-yard freestyle, Annie Begotka placed first with a time of 34.87 seconds. In the varsity event, Benaszeski placed first with a time of 26.95 seconds.
In the varsity 100-yard butterfly, Volz took first with a time of 1:03.8 and Megan Marcks took second with a time 1:09.21. In the varsity 100-yard freestyle, Dallman took first with a time of 57.5 seconds and Svacina took second with a time of 1:00.33.
Kylee Theiler blitzed the varsity 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:50.27, more than a half minute quicker than Garcia Georgia of Lakeland who placed second with a time of 6:20.46. Benaszeski placed third in the event with a time of 6:32 flat.
In the varsity 200-yard freestyle relay, the Hatchet A-Team consisting of Dallman, Svacina, Benaszeski and Theiler placed first with a combined time of 1:48.95. The Hatchet B-Team conisting of Kirstin Marcks, Allyson Carstensen, Viana Johnson and Savanah Ristau placed second with a time of 2:04.43.
Begotka placed first in the JV 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:29.02 and Volz placed first in the varsity event with a time of 1:04.55. Coming in hot at second was Megan Marcks with a time of 1:06.19.
“Some good times by new swimmers, personal bests by Freshmen Hanke, Begotka, Ristau and Carstenson with two personal bests,” comments head coach Theresa L’Esperance. “New sophomores, Zehner and Johnson also had personal bests. Sophomores Katie Volz and Megan Marcks keep challenging each other to swim their best. They both had personal bests in the butterfly.”
The Hatchet swimmers will travel to Medford on Thursday, Sept. 15 for a meet at 5:30 p.m. The next day they will travel to Lawrence University for a two-day meet.
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