HOUGHTON - It went down to the wall, but the Marquette girls out-touched Houghton on the scoreboard Thursday, winning their dual meet 97-89.
Houghton carried the lead into the last individual event, the 100-yard breaststroke, where the Redettes finished 1-2-3 led by double winner Katy Beckstrom. Beckstrom then anchored Marquette to a comfortable win in the 400 free relay to seal the victory. Even then, had Houghton, anchored by double winner Rebecca Jaszczak, won the final relay, the result would have been a tie.
"Marquette is always such a tough team, the talent, the depth, to swim them so close on the girl's side was amazing. We had some girls swimming in the A relays or in events that they typically don't swim and they really stepped up and raced," Houghton coach Roger Woods said.
Houghton’s Alina Ryynanen spots her entry point during the diving portion of Thursday’s meet against Marquette. She won diving with 154.8 points. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)
Jaszczak swam to comfortable victories in the 50 free (27.27 seconds) and 100 back (1:10.33). She was joined in the winner's circle by diver Alina Ryynanen (154.8 pts.), Annika Wheeler (1:13.67 in the 100 fly) and two relay teams.
On the boys' side, Houghton won a majority of the races, but Marquette's superior depth carried it to a 109-76 decision.
"The boys really lacked the depth tonight to compete with a talented Marquette boys team. We did see some improvements in times and the boys doing a better job at the little things that will make a huge difference later in the season," Woods said.
GIRLS: Marquette 97, Houghton 89
200 medley relay - HOUGHTON (Rebecca Jaszczak, Annika Wheeler, Hannah Gundlach, Ashley Betts), 2:09.48
200 free - Katy Beckstrom, M, 2:12.68
200 IM - Janelle Carroll, M, 2:35.20
50 free - Jaszczak, H, 27.27
1-meter diving - Alina Ryynanen, H, 154.8 pts.
100 fly - Wheeler, H, 1:13.67
100 free - Gwen Hoenke, M, 1:02.33
500 free - Carroll, M, 6:00.27
200 free relay - HOUGHTON (Molly Mauno, Lauren Jackson, Samantha Verran, Betts), 2:00.77
100 back - Jaszczak, H, 1:10.33
100 breast - Beckstrom, M, 1:16.87
400 free relay - MARQUETTE (Carroll, Hoenke, Paige Gilbert, Beckstrom), 4:09.76
BOYS: Marquette 109, Houghton 76
200 medley relay - MARQUETTE (Luke Sides, Nathan Rotundo, Sam Williams, Tony Lackey), 1:52.81
200 free - Drew Meyer, H, 2:01.88
200 IM - Rotundo, M, 2:12.95
50 free - Daniel Shonnard, H, 23.99
1-meter diving - Nikita Velat, H, 178.80 pts.
100 fly - Meyer, H, 1:00.06
100 free - Shonnard, H, 52.41
500 free - James DeClerck, H, 5:23.54
200 free relay - HOUGHTON (Velat, Torin O'Leary, Meyer, Shonnard), 1:42.45
100 back - Williams, M, 1:09.37
100 breast - Rotundo, M, 1:07.21
400 free relay - MARQUETTE (Sides, Colin McCommons, Williams, Rotundo), 3:49.89
Daniel Shonnard swept the freestyle sprints for the Gremlins, taking the 50 in 23.99 and the 100 in 52.41. Other winners included Drew Meyer (2:01.88 in the 200 free), Nikita Velat (178.8 pts., diving), James DeClerck (5:23.54 in the 500 free) and the 200 free relay team.
"Overall I was pleased with where we are at this point in the season, we have a couple busy weeks, but this loss should give the team some additional motivation," Woods said.
Houghton swims again at the Houghton Splash Saturday.