Girls swimming: Masuk downs Barlow

Becky Young swims the 500 in Masuk’s victory over Barlow. — Andy Hutchison photo

As the season moves past the midpoint and closes in on the stretch run toward the postseason, Masuk High’s girls swimming and diving team continues to push it in practices and perform well in meets.

The Panthers defeated visiting Joel Barlow of Redding 93-88, exhibitioning the final event, on Tuesday.

Masuk improved to 4-2 this fall.

“They’re training hard and their times are getting faster. The girls are swimming tired and it takes the will to win races. They’re not giving up the last 10 yards. They’re going all the way to the wall,” Masuk coach Mark McKee said.

Masuk’s 200-yard medley relay team of Liz Stoezel, Makenna Nicholas, Margaret Didio and Zoe Helmke was first in a time of 2:06.63, beating Barlow’s second-place squad by more than three seconds.

The 200 freestyle had a close finish, with Barlow’s Rebecca Lee edging Masuk’s Erika Stone for first. Lee finished in 2:12.44 and Stone was second in 2:13.63.

Nicholas won the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:26.49.

Stoelzel was tops in the 50, sprinting to the finish in 25.86.

Barlow’s Alana Foodman won the diving competition with a score of 212.30. Masuk took home the second through fifth placements led by Grace Stephens with a runner-up diving score of 211.05.

Out of the diving break, Masuk’s Margaret Didio led the way in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:08.33.

Barlow had the top two spots in the 100 free. Stone was third, narrowly missing second. Barlow’s Danae O’Dean won the 100 in 58.91. Dierdre Grob was second in 1:01.18, and Stone was next in 1:01.70.

In another down-to-the-wire finish, Barlow’s Lee won the 500 in 5:56.21, getting to the wall just before Becky Young, who made up a lot of ground in the final few laps before finishing with a time of 5:45.84.

Masuk’s 200 free relay of Delaney McGunnigle, Zoe Helmke, Didio and Stone was first in 1:54.19.

Stoelzel was first in the 100 yard backstroke race, making her final touch in 1:05.11, seven seconds faster than the next finisher.

Masuk finished one-two in the 100 breaststroke to lock up the team victory. Nicholas was first in 1:13.23 and Young came in second in 1:18.32, just beating Barlow’s Marissa Schrade (1:18.90).

Barlow won the 400 free by virtue of the exhibition, but Masuk’s team of Stone, Young, Nicholas and Stoelzel had the fastest time, clocking in at 4:06.40.

Masuk hosts Weston on Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 o’clock. There are three meets to go before the postseason kicks off with the South-West Conference championships, at Masuk’s pool on Saturday, Oct. 27.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done but they’re moving in the right direction. If they keep swimming like this it’s going to be a nice end to the season,” McKee said.

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