The Marshall County swim team wrapped up the first half of the 2013-14 season by placing third among five teams in the Tiger-Laker Invitational, hosted by Murray and Calloway County Saturday at the Bauernfeind Student Recreation & Wellness Center on the Murray State campus.
On Dec. 10, the Marshals and Lady Marshals won one and lost one in a split dual match against Madisonville-North Hopkins and Hopkins County Central.
At Madisonville, Grant Park set a school record with a 2-minute, 20.40-second time in the 200 individual medley.
At Murray, the MCHS swimmers were third overall and in boys team standings and fourth in girls standings. Murray won overall honors with 216 points to McCracken County’s 205. The Marshall teams totaled 67 to handily defeat Calloway County (30) and Paducah Tilghman (5).
McCracken took the boys win, 125-85 over Murray. Marshall County had 39 points.
Murray took a big win in girls competition, with the Lady Tigers garnering 131 points to McCracken County’s 80. Calloway nipped Marshall for third, 30-28.
Top-three finishes were logged by Austin Gordon, second in the 200 individual medley and third in the 100 backstroke; and in four relay events.
Gordon teamed with Jacob Rushing, Isaac Bayer and Coleton Jones for a second in the 200 medley relay and the quartet of John David Whirley, Ethan Delaney, Cameron Armstrong and Wyatt Moshure took third in the 400 freestyle.
On the Lady Marshals’ side, Shelbi Spencer, Allie Pearson, Alicia Miller and Madelyn Travis were third in two events, the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay.
At Madisonville last week, Marshall County competed in separate dual competitions against the two Hopkins County schools, taking a 191-49 victory over Hopkins County Central and dropping a 196-112 decision to Madisonville-North Hopkins at the Hopkins County Family YMCA.
The Marshals rolled to a 102-10 win in boys standings and the Lady Marshals prevailed 89-39.
In individual and relay events, Grant’s record time was good for the victory over teammate Gordon.
Park had another victory in the 100 backstroke and Gordon had a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
Other medal finishes included:
Second-place efforts by Isaac Bayer, 200 free; Allie Pearson, 50 free; Karson Johnson, 100 free; Emelia Andersson and Jacob Rushing, 500 free; and Wyatt Moshure, 100 breaststroke;
Third-place finishes went to Madelyn Travis, 200 individual medley; Alicia Miller, 50 free; John David Whirley, 50 free and 100 butterfly; Rachel Rushing, 100 free; and Allie Pearson, 100 breaststroke.
The MCHS swimmers also performed well in relays, with four seconds and a third.
Runner-up finishes went to Austin Gordon, Isaac Bayer, Grant Park, Jacob Rushing in the 200 medley and 200 free; Ethan Delaney, Kyle Hall, Cameron Armstrong and Wyatt Moshure in the 400 free; and Shelbi Spencer, Allie Pearson, Alicia Miller and Madelyn Travis in the 200 medley.
Karson Johnson, Greta Handke, Carson Morris and Rachel Rushing were third in the 200 free relay.
The events concluded the season for Greta Handke, an exchange student from Germany who will be going home after the end of the semester.
The season resumes for the MCHS swimmers on Jan. 9, again at Madisonville.