Marshall swimmers compete at championship meets

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
University of Iowa sophomore Tyler Nichols, a two-time all-American for Marshall, reached the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Central Region Section VIII Championships. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

Allison Weber reached the finals in six events last weekend during the Missouri Valley Swimming Long Course Championships at Wichita, Kan.

Weber, the only Heart of America Swim Club member from Marshall to qualify for the meet, recorded a pair of second-place finishes in the 13- and 14-year-old age group: in the 400-meter individual medley (5:27.26) and 200 IM (2:34.68), achieving zone-qualifying standards in both.

She also placed eighth in the 200 breaststroke (3:05.53), ninth in the 100 butterfly (1:11.69), 11th in the 200 backstroke (2:36.19) and 15th in the 100 back (1:16.40).

Another HASC swimmer, Sedalia's Makayla Swigert, won three events in the 11- and 12-year-old division.

A week earlier, during the MVC East District Championships in Kansas City, Marshall's Hannah Bruntzel raced in four events.

Meanwhile, former Marshall all-American and state champion Tyler Nichols made it into the finals of the USA Swimming Central Section Region VIII Championships in the University of Missouri Aquatics Center at Columbia.

After placing 15th out of 88 entries in the 100-yard breast preliminaries (1:08.53), Nichols came in 14th in the finals (1:08.72).

Nichols was also 23rd in a field of 114 in the 100 fly (58.57 seconds), 33rd in the 200 breast (2:34.28), 36th in the 100 freestyle (54.42) and 43rd in the 200 free (2:00.83).

A 2012 MHS grad, Nichols recently completed a promising freshman season at the University of Iowa, finishing in the top five three times and competing in three events during the Big 10 Championships.

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