Marquette boys swimmers hold off Houghton, Sault Ste. Marie; Redettes a close 2nd

MARQUETTE — Colin VanderSchaaf and Liam McFarren each won four events as Marquette dominated the boys portion of a high school swimming and diving meet held at the MSHS pool on Saturday.

The Redmen scored 149 points in the triangular meet to 93 for Houghton and 81 for Sault Ste. Marie. Marquette won seven of 12 events with the Soo taking three and the Gremlins two.

The Blue Devils edged out the Redettes for the girls title, 136-133, as Houghton scored 55. MSHS won five events, with the Soo taking seven.

These three schools, along with the recent entry of Gladstone, have traditionally been the strongest swimming schools in the Upper Peninsula.

VanderSchaaf and McFarren each swam a leg of the winning 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays and added two individual wins each — VanderSchaaf the 200 individual medley and 500 free, while McFarren took the 200 free and 100 butterfly.

Teammate Maverick Baldwin was a three-time winner, also swimming in the same two relays while annexing a victory in the 100 free.

In addition, teammate Quinn Kerekes swam a leg in the winning 200 medley relay and Bobby Caron a leg of the fastest 200 free relay.

In the girls meet, Hannah Winn, Lexi LaCombe, Grace Sobczak and Delaney Marchiol swam on the Redettes’ victorious 400 free relay.

Winn also won the 200 free, LaCombe the 200 IM and Sobczak the 500 free.

In addition, Marquette’s Kelsey Glover won the 100 breaststroke.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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