by Mike Stirling
Tri-Valley swimmers, once again, put their goggles on and opened the doors of the MVFY to three neighboring high school swim squads last Saturday, February 6. Scottie swimmers were able to “out point” Newark, Lancaster as well as Belmont Union in the effort.
Both girls and boys relay teams helped the Dawgs jump off to an early lead by finishing in first place in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. A team of Larissa Lynch, Clare Waggle, Seryna Mann and Emma Pratt improved their ‘seed’ time by over five seconds and touched the wall over four seconds ahead of their closest competitor. For the boys, the team of Mason McDaniel, Cyrus Dittmar, Hansel Holmes and Blaine Cox finished eleven seconds ahead of their competition and bettered their ‘seed’ time by over eight seconds.
Following closely for the girls was the team of Avery Dunn, Mazie Mallett, Abri Mallett and Mia Fuhriman who came in third as well as the team of Anna Thomas, Katie Davis, Rhiannon Shaw and Annika Lindsey. Finishing in fourth place for the boys was the foursome of Isaac Lanning, Arpen Parekh, Jonathan Barker and Gabe Lentz.
Events Three and Four were the Girls and Boys 200 Freestyle. Emma Pratt and Annika Lindsey were top finishers for Tri-Valley in the girls swim while Ethan Ankrom and Schawn McDonald represented the boys finishing less than two seconds apart from each other.
Larissa Lynch captured second place for the Scotties in the Girls 200 Yard Individual Medley followed by teammate Avery Dunn. Cyrus Dittmar was the lone entrant for the boys in the Individual IM where he finished second and was well ahead of his third-place competition.
A total of 10 girls swam the Girls 50 Free. In a quick race, the Scottie girls finished in the top six positions with Freshman Jesi Fuhriman capturing first in a time of 27.71. Following Fuhrimam were Seryna Mann, Abri Mallett, Mia Fuhriman, Emma Pratt and Allie Norman. Very close behind were teammates Ava Harris, Mazie Mallett, Rhiannon Shaw and Avery Dunn. Sophomore Hansel Holmes finished first for the boys followed by Mason McDaniel (second), Ethan Ankrom (third), Blaine Cox (fourth) and Schawn McDonald (sixth).
Events Nine and Ten were the Girls and Boys 100 Yard Butterfly. Hansel Holmes locked down first for the boys defeating his competition by over 13 seconds as Clare Waggle and Abri Mallett finished second and third in the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly.
Senior Larissa Lynch was the first-place finisher in the Girls 100 Yard Free followed in second and third by the Fuhriman sisters (Jesi and Mia) both of whom bettered their ‘seed’ time in the event. Following closely were Scotties Emma Lewis, Katie Davis, Rhiannon Shaw and Anna Thomas. Gabe Lentz and Arpen Parekh represented the Scottie boys in the 100 Free.
Seryna Mann and Allie Norman came in third and fourth for the girls in the marathon 500 Free. On the boys side, Blaine Cox captured first place as he improved his ‘seed’ time by nearly 10 seconds. Cox was followed by Jonathan Barker (third) and Isaac Lanning,
Girls 200 Yard Relay came next with Tri-Valley making their presence felt. A team of Jesi Furhiman, Mia Fuhriman, Emma Pratt and Clare Waggle finished first, followed by teammates Ava Harris, Avery Dunn, Emma Lewis and Allie Norman who came in third with the team of Rhiannon Shaw, Annika Lindsey, Anna Thomas and Katie Davis finishing fifth.
Winning by nearly four seconds, the boys team of Mason McDaniel, Schawn McDonald, Ethan Ankrom and Hansel Holmes came in first for the boys as the squad of Gabe Lentz, Isaac Lanning, Arpen Parekh and Jonathan Barker finished fourth.
Sophomore Emma Lewis touched the pads in second place in the Girls 100 Backstroke followed by Katie Davis, Ava Harris, Anna Thomas and Annika Lindsey. In the Boys 100 Backstroke, Mason McDaniel and Cyrus Dittmar finished first and second followed by fellow Scotty Isaac Lanning.
Senior Clare Waggle nailed down first place in the Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke just ahead of teammate Mazie Mallett while Jonathan Barker finished second for the boys followed by Gabe Lentz.
Final events were the Girls and Boys 400 Yard Free Relay. A foursome of Seryna Mann, Abri Mallett, Jesi Fuhriman and Larissa Lynch defeated all competition by over 40 seconds to finish first. They were followed by teammates Mazie Mallett, Ava Harris Emma Lewis and Allie Norman.
Scottie boys put together a team consisting of Cyrus Dittmar, Schawn McDonald, Blaine Cox and Ethan Ankrom who finished second just 2 seconds out of first place.
All-in-all the Scotties swam well as they continue to progress and improve.
Way to go, Scottie senior swimmers!
Pictured below are the six TVHS Scottie senior swimmers – (top center, then clockwise are:) Cyrus Dittmar, Mason McDaniel, Schawan McDonald, Clare Waggle, Larissa Lynch, and Rhiannon Shaw.