Young Mariner squad continuing to make waves | Boys swimming

Jan 23, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Matthew Meisner competes in the 500-yard freestyle during a Wesco South double dual meet against Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds-Woodway Thursday, Jan. 17, at Lynnwood Pool

Mariner again showed that its boys swimming program is on the upswing.

The Marauders came up a few point short against Mountlake Terrace, falling 89-81 in a Wesco South dual meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at Lynnwood Pool.

“A lot of young guys are learning how to race,” Mariner coach Jennifer Parker-Angelos said. “They’re learning how to race instead of just swimming.”

The Marauders are 0-8 in the league but are 2-8 overall with nonconference victories over Monroe (95-90) and Everett (91-86) this season.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. We’ve had some injuries,” Parker-Angelos said. “But we’ve have a lot of younger kids, a lot of freshmen doing really well. … We’ve got a lot of kids who’ve never been on sports teams before. So there’s been a kind of a large learning curve.”

The top finishers for Mariner included Zach Graham (second in 100 breaststroke), James Smith (third in 200 freestyle, third in 100 backstroke), Jonathan Stacey (third in 100 freestyle, fourth in 50 freestyle) and Gunnar Steen (third in 100 butterfly, fifth in the 200 individual medley). Thursday’s double dual meet also featured Edmonds-Woodway, which defeated Mariner 130-40. The Warriors return a number of state participants.

Mariner’s 200 medley relay team of Smith, Graham, Steen and Vitaly Krutiy placed third as did the 200 freestyle relay squad of Graham, Sahiz Saran, Krutiy and Stacey. The 400 freestyle relay team of Krutiy, Smith, Steen and Stacey also placed third.

“I’m hoping that our relays are more competitive than they have been,” Parker-Angelos said. “I think that they will be. I’m hoping to get our numbers up to qualify for districts.”

Stacey, Graham, and Smith all have district qualifying times in a number of events.

Mariner is scheduled to wrap up the regular season with dual meets against Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville-Getchell (3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School) and against Cascade (3:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at Kamiak High School). The Last Chance meet is set for 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 at Snohomish Aquatic Center.

The district meet will be Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 9 at Snohomish Aquatic Center.

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