Killer Whales members qualify for state

MARQUETTE – More YMCA Marquette County Killer Whales qualified for state championship competition at the Marinette-Menominee Swim Invitational on Jan. 26.

Paige Whaley, 10, made her first state cut en route to winning the girls’ 9-10 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:10.98. Whaley was also runner-up in the 50 butterfly in 42.42.

Twin 7-year-old brothers Carson and Colin Vanderschaaf added more state championship qualifying times to their resume.

Colin made the cuts in the 25 backstroke (21.48, third), 50 backstroke (46.59, fourth) and 100 IM (1:41.75, ninth in age 12 & under).

Carson knocked nearly three seconds off his best time to get the 50 breaststroke state cut with a 52.78, placing fourth in the 9-10 age group race.

The YMCA state championship meet is March 15-17 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Delaney Marchiol qualified in the 25 freestyle Jan. 26, placing second with a time of 17.32.

Event winners for the Marquette YMCA were: Ryan Glover (11-12 50 breaststroke, 42.38); Nathan Rotundo (Open 1000 free, 11:16.76); and Lyndsey Welch (13-14 200 IM, 2:31.13).

Medalists (top three finish) were: Taryn Aho, Lauren Clement, Matthew Kurin, Ben Luke, Delaney Marchiol, Rachel Schouten, Erin Vanderschaaf, Hannah Winn and Jayme Winn.

Overall, the Killer Whales, participating with only 27 swimmers, finished fourth at the invite behind Northern Lights YMCA, Menominee and Door County.

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