Making some waves: Marquette boys, girls swimmers, divers cruise past Westwood

Jake Elzinga of Marquette makes his winning swim in the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke during a high school dual swimming and diving meet against Westwood at the MSHS pool on Wednesday. (Journal photo by Travis Nelson)

Up next: Marquette, Westwood, along with other U.P. swim teams take part in the Splash-n-Dash sprints meet at MSHS, 10 a.m. Saturday


MARQUETTE — Liam McFarren, Colin VanderSchaaf and Delaney Marchiol each won four events for the Marquette boys and girls swimming and diving teams in a dominant dual meet win over Westwood on Wednesday afternoon.

The boys took a 140-20 victory over the Patriots, sweeping all 12 events, while the girls won by a margin of 129-51 and took home 10 victories.

“They’ve been working hard and (I) wasn’t expecting a whole lot of great swims with the amount of yards that they’ve been putting in, but (I’m) pleasantly surprised,” Marquette coach Nathan McFarren said. “(I’m) thankful that Westwood could make it, and keep (Upper Peninsula) swimming alive. That’s kind of the thing that I always preach is good swims, but I’m more impressed that we’re able to keep swimming going in the U.P.”

Hannah Winn of Marquette shows off her winning form during the girls' 100-yard backstroke during a high school dual swimming and diving meet against Westwood at the MSHS pool on Wednesday. (Journal photo by Travis Nelson)

McFarren and VanderSchaaf each won two individual events and were part of two relay victories in the boys meet as both were on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team in the meet’s final event.

McFarren also got first in the 50 free, 500 free and as part of the 200 medley relay, while VanderSchaaf won the 100 free, 200 free and 200 free relay.

Marchiol also won two individual and two relay events in the girls meet with wins in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.

The Marquette boys also had three swimmers with three victories apiece — Sevi Voigt, Alex Gooch and Maverick Baldwin. All three were a part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, joining McFarren in the 200 medley relay and VanderSchaaf in the 200 free relay.

Voigt won the 200 individual medley, Gooch the 100 butterfly and Baldwin was a leg in the 400 free relay winners with McFarren, VanderSchaaf and Liam Boland.

The other individual wins for the MSHS boys included Ben Flynn in the one-meter diving, Andon Buyarski in the 100 backstroke and Jake Elzinga in the 100 breaststroke.

On the girls side, Marquette also had three athletes each earn three victories. Ella Whalen won the 200 IM and 100 breast, Grace Sobczak took home the 200 free and was with the 200 free relay winners, and Hannah Winn won the 100 back and was part of the 200 medley relay. All three along with Maddie Wood were victorious in the 400 free relay to round out the afternoon.

Kelsey Glover and Elena Henry joined Marchiol and Winn to win the 200 medley relay, and Henry got first in the 500 free.

The Patriots got their two victories in individual events in the girls meet from Baylie LaVign

e and Faith Spiroff. LaVigne won the 100 fly and Spiroff set the school record in the diving with 191.45 points.

“Faith came to us, this is her first year back, she’s been gone for awhile doing gymnastics and she decided to come back to us and dive instead,” Westwood assistant coach Brooke Ollanketo said. “She’s an amazing diver, she puts a lot of time and effort into her diving, and we’re really proud of her.”

Both teams are next scheduled to participate in Marquette’s Splash-n-Dash Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Travis Nelson can be reached by email at tnelson@miningjournal.net.


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