Marion finishes swimming season undefeated for second straight year

For the second straight year, the Marion swim team finished its season undefeated after winning the Mid Kansas League meet Saturday in Hesston.

Marion rolled up 432 points to finish ahead of Lindsborg (315.5), Hillsboro (232) and Peabody (181).

Marion won 13 individual gold medals and 10 relay races. Hillsboro won 11 individual gold medals and three relays. Peabody won seven individual gold medals and two relays.

Leading the MKL champs was a swimmer from each Marion County team. Marion 8-year-old Luke Lanning tied with Hillsboro 10-year-old Braden Vogt and 16-year-old female Embry Hodges from Peabody with four individual gold medals.

Lanning won the 8-&-under boys? 25-yard fly, freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. Vogt won the age 9-10 boys? 100-yard individual medley and freestyle and the 25-yard fly and breaststroke. Hodges took gold in the age 15-18 girls? 100-yard individual medley and freestyle and fly.

Hillsboro?s Harry Faber finished first three times, winning the boys? age 13-14 100-yard individual medley and freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle.

Also winning multiple gold medals was Marion?s Grace Neal. The 9-year-old won the 100- and 25-yard freestyle races.

Nine athletes won gold for the Marion team. Other gold medal winners were Kennedy Fahey (girls? 8-&-under 25-yard fly), Cooper Garman (boys? 9-10 25-yard backstroke), Janson Garman (boys? 9-10 25-yard freestyle), Adam Kjellin (boys? 11-12 50-yard breaststroke), Kristen Herzet (girls? 11-12 50-yard backstroke), Zac Lewman (boys? 13-14 50-yard breaststroke) and Jay Dee Schafer (girls 15-18 50-yard backstroke).

Winning gold medals for Hillsboro were Ashley Brazil (girls? 9-10 25-yard breaststroke), Sonja Jost (girls? 9-10 25-yard backstroke), Maddie Duerkson (girls? 13-14 50-yard backstroke), Taylor Thiessen (girls? 13-14 50-yard fly).

Peabody?s first-place finishes were Katie Benson (girls? 11-12 50-yard fly), MacKenzie Young (girls? 50-yard breaststroke) and Michaela Methvin (girls? 15-18 50-yard breaststroke).

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