MARSHALL - With the regular season winding down, the Marshall girls' swimming and diving team took advantage of its second-to-last home meet, scoring several more section cut times as well as personal best swims in a 111-72 win over Montevideo.
"We had nine new section cuts tonight. That's a pretty big night for us," said Marshall head coach Nicole Peterson. "I'm extremely proud of them tonight. They swam faster than I would have expected, to be honest.
"We had a lot of girls that were trying for section cuts, trying to get personal bests, and they went out and attacked it."
Photo by Alex Oey
Marshall’s Elizabeth Roseland swims the final leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay for her team during Tuesday’s dual against Montevideo at Southwest Minnesota State University.
It wasn't only the varsity squad that was seeing success on Tuesday night in Marshall. Four section cut times were made in the junior varsity meet - two by Kelsey Appel and two by Kelsey Pieschke.
"Some of our younger kids, like Kelsey Appel, qualified for the first time, a few other girls that had maybe made one section cut, tonight made another one or two," Peterson said. "It was really exciting."
On varsity, the Tigers were strong all night, finishing first in every event except two and taking the top two spots in seven events.
Cassundra Krogen hit PR finishes in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle for Marshall.
"We've been working really hard at practice the past few weeks trying to get up our yardage before sections," Krogen said. "Meets like this, it is good to get out there and try and swim your best."
Kylie Vermeire also had a pair of first-place finishes on the night, capturing the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
"I usually swim the longer distances, so I was really excited with the time (in the 50 freestyle). I'm excited going into sections," said Vermeire. (The 100 backstroke) is a personal best, so I was super excited after that."
McKenzie Vermeire also came away with a pair of top finishes in the 200 individual Medley and the 100 breaststroke. Blythe Bell captured the final individual first-place finish in the 500 Freestyle.
The Tigers came away with wins in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. In the 400 freestyle relay, Marshall swam as exhibition, but came away with the two fastest times in the meet.
The Tigers hope to build off the momentum going into their final dual and home meet of the season, next Friday against St. Peter, and get ready for sections.
"The girls really played into the wins, were very supportive, cheering each other on, getting excited for each other," Peterson said. "It just builds momentum for the next meet."
Marshall 111, Montevideo 72
MARSHALL TOP FINISHERS
200 Medley-1. McKenzie Vermeire, Abby Surprenant, Ashley Dunn, Kylie Vermeire 1:59.81; 4. Kelsey Pieschke, Kaylie Ginocchio, Sabrina Perrault, Tori Arzdorf 2:25.56.
200 Freestyle-1. Cassundra Krogen 2:11.64; 2. Abby Blanchette 2:13.73; Ashley Schotzko 2:21.19.
200 Individual Medley-1. M. Vermeire 2:16.44; 2. Dunn 2:23.98; 3. Surprenant 2:26.75.
50 Freestyle-1. K. Vermeire 26.25; 2. Laura Mitlyng 28.01; 4. Elizabeth Roseland 28.39.
Diving-4. Marissa Wood 88.10; 5. Libby Stoutland 83.75.
100 Butterfly-3. Perrault 1:26.17; 4. Juilie Brunnschweiler 1:35.92.
100 Freestyle-1. Krogen 1:00.27; 2. Blanchette 1:01.51; 4. Blythe Bell 1:02.21.
500 Freestyle-1. Bell 5:55.33; 2. Mitlyng 6:11.57; 3. Surprenant 6:17.54.
200 Freestyle Relay-1. Kelsey Appel, Bell, Krogen, Elizabeth Roseland 1:52.15; 2. Blanchette, Pieschke, Schotzko, Mitlyng 1:56.79; 5. Sameh Hedlin, Heather Sawchak, Janae Wood, Tori Arzdorf 2:19.54.
100 Backstroke-1. K. Vermeire 1:03.91; 2. Dunn 1:05.34; 3. Schotzko 1:17.46.
100 Breaststroke-1. M. Vermeire 1:15.13; 4. Arzdorf 1:24.36.
400 Freestyle Relay-Ex. Surprenant, Mitlyng, Cassundra Krogen, M. Vermeire 3:57.55; Ex. Blanchette, Bell, Dunn, K. Vermeire 4:03.20; Ex. Schotzko, Roseland, Perrault, Hedlin 4:36.16.