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Marquette’s Jake Elzinga makes his winning dive in the boys’ 100-meter breaststroke in a high school double swim and dive competition against Westwood at the MSHS pool on Wednesday. (Journal photo by Travis Nelson)

Following : Marquette, Westwood, along with other UP swim teams take part in Splash-n-Dash sprints meeting at MSHS, Saturday at 10am


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 double encounter win over Westwood on Wednesday afternoon.

The boys took a 140-20 win over the Patriots, winning all 12 events, while the girls won by a 129-51 margin, taking home 10 wins.

“They worked hard and (I) didn’t expect many great swims with the number of yards they put in, but (I’m) pleasantly surprised,” Marquette coach Nathan McFarren said. “(I am) thankful that Westwood was able to make it and keep (Upper Peninsula) alive. That’s something I always preach, swim well, but I’m more impressed that we can keep swimming in the UP”

Marquette’s Hannah Winn shows off her winning form in the girls’ 100m backstroke during a high school double swim and dive competition against Westwood at the MSHS pool on Wednesday. (Journal photo by Travis Nelson)

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

McFarren also took 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’ meeting with victories in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 medley and 200 free relay.

The Marquette boys also had three swimmers with three wins each – Sevi Voigt, Alex Gooch and Maverick Baldwin. All three were part of the winning teams of 200 medley and 200 free relay, 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 were Ben Flynn in the one meter dive, Andon Buyarski in the 100 backstroke and Jake Elzinga in the 100 breaststroke.

On the girls side, Marquette also had three athletes who took three wins each. Ella Whalen won the 200 IM and 100 breast, Grace Sobczak took home the 200 free and was among the 200 free relay winners, and Hannah Winn won the 100 back and was part of the 200 medley. All three won alongside Maddie Wood 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 took first in the 500 free.

The Patriots earned their two individual event victories in Baylie LaVign .’s Girls’ Meeting

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

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

Both teams will then participate in Marquette’s Splash-n-Dash Meet at 10:00 AM on Saturday.

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