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Marino nabs top seed in District 200 free
Marino, who won four L-L gold medals, goes into Districts as the top seed in the 200 free (1:54.09) and is seeded fourth in the 100 back (58.95) while swimming anchor for a pair of Cocalico relays that are seeded fifth (400 free relay) and sixth (200 free relay) respectively.
She won a pair of bronze medals at Districts a year ago.
Cocalico Coach Matt Woods, who will send a total of eight swimmers to Districts, talked about his feelings on Marino being ranked among the top swimmers heading into the meet.
“I know Sam is experienced enough to look at the one seed in the 200 free as a challenge and not a guarantee,” Woods said Monday. “There are so many fast swimmers at this meet, in every event, nothing is guaranteed. WIth that being said, it is an excellent opportunity for her. One I know she is excited for, and I’m sure she’ll make the best of it. I’m very excited for her 100 back. The league meet was the first meet this season she was under a minute, and swimming well between the flags. She’ll have girls pushing her the last 25, so it should be exciting to see what she can do.”
While Marino is Cocalico’s lone top seed, several others should be in the mix for a medal.
Junior Sidney Evans, who earned sixth and seventh place medals a year ago at Districts, is seeded fifth in the 500 free (5:09.29) and sixth in the 200 I.M. (2:10.15).
She will be a tough out in both events said Woods..
“Absolutely, Sid is right there in perfect position to do some damage,” Woods said. “Sid has the ability to move up in both events. She does a great job preparing herself, she works hard and has a great mental approach to these meets.”
Freshman Morgan Haines makes her District debut seeded 15th in the 100 free (54.75) and 19th in the 50 free (25.35). She is also joined by sophomore Lydia Bearinger, Evans and Marino on both the 200 and 400 relays.
“I think Morgan, individually, has the ability to medal in at least one of her two events,” Woods said. “Again with those sprints she needs to hit a start and some turns. Our girls relays also have a great chance to medal. Sid had about 2½ minutes between the 500 and the 200 free relay at leagues so you know her split will be better there, and I think they are all capable of dropping time from their splits in the 400 free relay at leagues. Those relays should be fun.”
On the boys’ side, senior Collin Haines leads a group of four who will take the pool for the Eagles.
Haines will be looking to medal in both the 50 free, where he is seeded sixth (22.35), and the 100 free, where he is seeded 10th (48.58).
Woods believes Haines has a chance to close out his senior season with a bang.
“Collin has had such a great mindset this season,” Woods said. “If he hits a start and a turn at the District Meet, he could be a dark horse in the 50 to knock some kids off. He has done a lot for this team over the last four years, and I really hope he has some great swims and gives himself an opportunity to swim at States.”
In addition to his individual swims, Haines will take the anchor slot on the 400 free relay team from Cocalico, which is seeded 15th (3:25.01) and also includes Jake Ilgenfritz, Jake Keifer and Eric Guthridge. Keifer also has qualified for the 50 free where he is seeded 28th (23.19).
Action in the AAA Meet begins at Cumberland Valley Friday with boys action going from 4 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. The girls follow from 7:30 p.m. to around 9:15 p.m.
Swimming then resumes Saturday with the boys’ session running from 3 p.m. to around 4:30 p.m. The girls will follow from 5:30 p.m. until everything wraps up by 7:15 p.m.
The following are the seedings of the Cocalico swimmers who will compete at the District Three Meet Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School:
1. Samantha Marino, 1:54.09.
6. Sidney Evans, 2:10.15.
19. Morgan Haines, 25.35.
200 Freestyle Relay
6. Cocalico (L. Bearinger, Evans, Haines, Marino), 1:41.56.
15. Morgan Haines, 54.75.
5. Sidney Evans, 5:09.29.
4. Samantha Marino, 58.95.
400 Freestyle Relay
5. Cocalico (L. Bearinger, Evans, Haines, Marino), 3:41.17.
6. Collin Haines, 22.35; 28. Jake Keifer, 23.19.
10. Collin Haines, 48.58.
400 Freestyle Relay
15. Cocalico (J. Ilgenfritz, Keifer, Guthridge, Haines), 3:25.01.