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It was a historic night for South’s Macguire McDuff, as he led the Patriot boys to a 46-27 win over the second place Tigers. A win in the 200 relay with Landon Fowler, Nick Murphy and Noah Richardson (1:50.21) got them off to a hot start, and McDuff wasn’t finished.
He won the 400 relay with Murphy, Fowler and Ben Haught in 3:48.08 to end the meet, but McDuff saw major success in individual events. Winning the 100 backstroke in 55.48, he just came off setting a new school record in the 500 free. His time of 5:03.33 bested the field by more than a minute. Following his last individual event he had, McDuff shared his thoughts on breaking the record.
“It was exciting. I’m trying to break all the school records this year. That was one I got out of the way,” he said. “It’s going to be hard. It’s more of a matter of focusing on one event at a time, so the focus this week was on the 500.”
South’s control on relay races was further displayed with a win in the 200 by the team of Murphy, Richardson, Haught and John Kinnaird. Haught and Murphy had their own individual successes, as Murphy’s 1:04.28 bested teammate Mikey Meyer in the 100 butterfly. Haught won the 100 free over Adam Solc in 55.25, as he won by two seconds. Haught’s earlier attempt at victory was thwarted by Marietta’s Nathan Johnson (24.56) in the 50 free. In the 200 individual medley, Fowler got his solo win (2:26.45) against PHS’s Carty Ramsay. The Tigers had two more wins, as Owen Zundell’s 200 free time of 2:07.59 bested the Big Reds’ Lucian Baumgartner. The 100 breaststroke belonged to MHS’s Jackson Macatol, as he won over Parkersburg’s Ian Sasyn with a time of 1:15.29.
It was a good meet for the Patriots, as they outscored the Tigers and Big Reds on the night, and head coach Ryan Radcliffe was happy with his team’s resolve.
“Our kids are really tired right now. They’ve been putting in a lot of work in practice, and we ask them to go out of their comfort zone,” he said. “You can find out a lot about your team by how they respond being put in certain situations. We talk to them about that to keep them upbeat, and so far, they’ve responded really well.”
PHS head coach Emily Martin was pleased with her team’s effort, as they gear up for big meets in the future.
“Obviously, on the girls side we’re glad we got the win. We saw a lot of good races from the boys and the girls,” she said. “We saw some individual best times, and doing that in this pool is really rare and a big accomplishment. It was an exciting meet.”
Marietta’s two runner-up team finishes meant consistent swimming for head coach Walt Teer’s Tiger swimmers. They accomplished that even through some tough times and logistical issues for the team.
“We had a good meet. It seemed like we were more competitive in years past. Most of them were close to their best times, and some of them were off, but their working hard,” he said. “That’s what you would expect right now. We’re in the middle of the season, and we’re displaced. We don’t have our pool, and South’s been kind enough to let us use their pool.”
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