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Marquette again wins Suburban West Conference

Marquette swimmers celebrate their second consecutive Suburban West title.

Marquette swimmers celebrate their second consecutive Suburban West title.

The Marquette Mustangs won their second consecutive Suburban West Conference swim meet and set a record doing it.

The event was held at Lindbergh. The Mustangs finished first with 539 points. That set a school record for points scored in the conference meet.

Eureka was second with 390 points. Lafayette placed third with 359 and Parkway South came in fifth with 187.

The conference title capped a season to remember for Marquette. The Mustangs finished 11-0 in duals. The team also was the Marquette Relay champion and the Lindbergh Invitational champion.

“I’ve been particularly proud to coach this group of boys,” coach Joe Schoedel said.

Marquette’s only other undefeated season was in 2007. Those Mustangs scored 515 points in the conference meet.

“At the beginning of the season, we knew this team was particularly deep, so we set goals for ourselves to go undefeated and win conference,” Schoedel said. “After winning conference last year, the only way to improve was to break our school record for points scored, which we knew would be a fun challenge. They stepped up and every boy entered in the meet scored, most in the top eight. It was fun to watch.”

It was Marquette’s fifth conference championship.

“Most of the guys scored in the Top 8 and we got to see a lot of time drop all around,” Schoedel said. “We got a new school record from senior Sam Marlow in the 100 backstroke. Even though this is their second conference win in a row, they were just as excited, as it meant completing our goals we had set at the beginning of the season. Records are always fun to set.

“I ended up in the pool, so that’s always a great feeling as a coach. Having a prefect season is rare. Winning conference last year showed that we were the team to beat this year, and the boys stepped up all year whenever they had stiff competition. They defended their title in the best way possible, and that shows the potential for this team for years to come.”


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