Midlakes title in dispute

By Matt Phelps

The Edgebrook Club narrowly defeated the Mercerwood Shore Club 357-355 in one of the closest Midlakes swim meets in recent memory. However, the decision may not stand.

Controversy over the third-place finish of the girls 11- and 12-year-old freestyle relay will be ruled on Thursday night at a Midlakes board meeting. That decision could determine who takes home the 2005 regular season Midlakes title.

``This was our toughest meet,'' said Mercerwood Shore Club head coach Alice Godfred. ``The outcome of this meet will determine the division title.''

The Shore Club tied for the league title with Newport Hills last year.

The tentative results of the race in question had Mercerwood's Ellie Bjornstad, Hailey Gullstad, Kelly Finan and Kelly Herman finishing the competition in a time of 2:12.33, just 0.13 seconds behind the Edgebrook team.

If the board changes the result, the Shore Club will receive the two points for the third-place finish and Edgebrook would lose those two points to give Mercerwood the meet victory.

Both clubs were undefeated prior to the meet. With just one meet left for each before the end of the regular season the ruling will have a huge impact on the regular-season title.

The Mercerwood Shore Club Manta Rays were led during the meet by 16 different swimmers earning individual first-place finishes. Rachel Godfred earned the most with first-place finishes in the girls 13-and-14 year old 100-yard individual medley (1:03.77), the 50-yard freestyle (26.43) and the 50-yard butterfly (28.56).

``This year I am a bit faster and the meets seem more exciting,'' said Rachel Godfred, who has broken multiple records this season, some of which were her own. ``I just try to do my best every time I get in the pool and help our team.''

Islander swimmers Quinn Sterling, Katie Schaeffer, Mia Chasen, Murray Longbotham, Hannah Godfred and Alex Seidel all had two individual victories during the meet.

``We have a lot of fast individual kids,'' said coach Godfred.

All together, the Shore Club had 27 first-place finishes out of the meet's 68 events.

The girls 8-and-under relay team of Seidel, Angela Riggins, Chasen, Lacy Herman won the 100-yard freestyle relay (1:19.34) and the 100-yard medley relay (1:12.56).

``We have a lot of depth,'' said coach Godfred. ``We are really strong in the 8-and-under. We just want them to know what it feels like to compete and just to have fun.''

The Manta Rays' boys 13- and 14-year-old relay team of Freddie Crothamel, Kevin Goodwin, Kyle Schaeffer and Longbotham took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.14) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:56.04).

``There are a lot of cool kids on the team that make it fun,'' said Crothamel. ``I don't like getting up early for practices, but they make it worth it.''

The Shore Club's Schaeffer, Jenny Mohler, Tracy Vojik and Hannah Godfred also helped to put some big points in the scoreboard with first-place finishes in the girls 15-and-over 200-yard freestyle relay (1:49.89) and the 200-yard medley relay (2:05.10).

The Manta Rays have had a record-setting year with 13 all-time marks set this season.

The Mercerwood Shore Club defeated the Mercer Island Country Club in a B level dive meet 107-18. But the Country Club earned the victory during the A level meet 28-17. The Mercer Island Country Club swim team continues to improve but lost this week to Fairwood 394-285.

The Mercerwood Shore Club will face Newport Hills on Thursday in its final regular season meet at 5:30 p.m. and the Country Club takes on Edgebrook at 5:30 p.m.

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