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Great season gives Marquette high hopes heading into state swimming and diving meet

The Marquette Mustangs have had a season to remember and they would like to cap it off with a memorable state meet.

The Missouri High School Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships begin Friday (Nov. 7) and end Saturday at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Marquette finished with an 11-0 dual record. The Mustangs also won the Marquette Relays and the Lindbergh Invitational as well as the Suburban West Conference meet. Marquette set a school record for points scored in the conference meet.

“I’ve been particularly proud to coach this group of boys,” Marquette coach Joe Schoedel said.  “At the beginning of the season, we knew this team was particularly deep, so we set goals for ourselves to go undefeated and win conference.”

Now Schoedel has two more days to lead them this season.

Marquette has 18 entries this year. The Mustangs will have three relay teams, nine individual swimmers, and three divers competing.

Here are the Mustangs who will be at the state meet:

* 200 Medley Relay – Senior Sam Marrow, junior Mitchell Lee, junior Matt Retire and senior Colin McHugh.

* 200 Freestyle – Junior Jake Jesielowski, sophomore Trevin Zweifel, junior Adam Brzyski.

* 200 IM – Marlow.

* Diving – Freshman Cole Gross, freshman Jake Venegoni, senior Ben Strate.

* 100 Fly – Jesielowski.

* 100 Free – Zweifel.

* 500 Free – Nathan Hicker.

* 200 Free Relay – McHugh, junior Ryan Esser, Jesielowski, Zweifel.

* 100 Back – Marlow, Brzyski, McHugh.* 100 Breast – Senior Michael Clark, Lee.* 400 Free Relay – Zweifel, Brzyski, Jesielowski, Marlow.

Schoedel is looking forward to the state meet.

“We have a lot of entries, so I’ll have a busy Friday,” Schoedel said. “Our goal will be to return as many as possible for finals on Saturday. As a team, I’d like to get all three relays back. Our top individual performer should be Sam Marlow, who is ranked second in the state in the 200 IM and third in the 100 back. Sam set our school record last weekend at the conference meet with a time of 52.18. Hopefully, at state he’ll break his own record.”

Rockhurst has had a stranglehold on the team championship at state. That likely won’t chance, Schoedel said.

“Rockhurst is the favorite,” Schoedel said. “They’ve won the last decade and don’t show any signs of slowing down.”

Marquette has one championship (1988) in the program’s history.

While Schoedel is not expecting a state championship, he is hopefull all his Mustangs do well at state.

“At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t sure what our team would be capable of at state,” Schoedel said. “I knew Sam would score, but our relays and other individual performers have really stepped up throughout the season and dropped a lot of time. I’m excited who will continue to drop and where we’ll end up.”

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