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Marquette swims, dives to victory in the annual Marquette Relays

Marquette_relayschampMarquette annually hosts one of the first big meets of the high school boys swimming season in the Marquette Relays.

Now for the first time since 2007, the host Mustangs have won their own event. The divers and the swimmers combined to give Marquette 252 points.

“They performed very well,” Marquette coach Joe Schoedel said about his team. “We had two freshman divers, Cole Gross and Jake Venegoni, along with senior Ben Strate that started us off great inthe morning, taking second place.

“From there, the swimmers took over. Our depth really showed when we finished in the top six in every single event. We had no off events. Every swimmer put up a solid time, and they really pulled together as a team.”

St. Louis University High was a distant second with 234 points. The other team scores were: 3 Parkway West Parkway West 212. 4. Parkway Central 198. 5. Rock Bridge 188. 6. Lafayette 180. 7. Chaminade 130. 8. Cape Girardeau Central 106. 8. Parkway South 106. 10. Fort Zumwalt West 100. 11. Hickman 50. 12. Battle 8.

“Everyone had fun, and had an opportunity to put up some good times and get some state cuts against some fast competition,” Schoedel said. “So I’d call the weekend a success for everyone.”

It was a success for Marquette. The team won three relays en route to claiming the meet championship.

The Mustangs won the 400 yard in 3 minutes, 30.37 seconds. Boys on the relay team were senior Michael Clark, junior Ryan Esser, junior Adam Brzyski and sophomore Trevin Zweifel.

“They’ve all swam the event before, but this is the first time this particular combination has swam together,” Schoedel said. “I knew based on the seed times, we would have a shot at winning the event, but each one of them surpassed my expectations and swam very well. It was clear by the third leg when Adam put up a personal best split that we were going to run away with it.”

The Mustangs also won the 3 X 100 backstroke relay in 2:52.50. Swimming on the relay were senior Colin McHugh, junior Adam Brzyski and senior Sam Marlow.

“Kids always like this event because the backstrokers get to dive in and flip over which makes for very fast times,” Schoedel said. “I knew going in that we had the most talent in this particular race, and they went out and showed it. It’s nice to be anchored by Sam, who is one of the fastest backstrokers in the state.

Marquette also won the 3 x 100 breaststroke. The winning time was 3:22.19. Competing on the relay were junior Mitchell Lee, junior Andrew Parasch and senior Michael Clark.

“This one was a little more of a surprise,” Schoedel said. “Rock Bridge was seeded ahead of us, but all three guys put together solid races, including a personal best by Andrew. This one was more of a nailbiter, but they held off the competition to win it.”

The other Mustangs who competed also impressed Schoedel.

“I can proudly say that no one had bad swims,” Schoedel said. “Everyone was either right on, or better than their personal bests.”

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