Corkill advances at COMO meet

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

COLUMBIA -- Marshall freshman Jesse Corkill set personal records in both of his individual events and made the cut for the C finals Saturday in the COMO Invitational boys' swim meet at Columbia.

Corkill knocked 1:19 off his best time in the 200-yard backstroke (1:04.45) to finish 27th in a field of 69 swimmers, missing the cut-off for the finals by a mere .29 seconds.

He did better in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke (1:10.87), placing 18th out of 71 entries by lowering his mark by 1.89 seconds. Corkill improved another .12 seconds in the finals (1:10.75), also coming in 18th.

Corkill also anchored the Owls' 200 freestyle relay team (2:05.48) -- behind junior Ben Corkill, sophomore Wathal Kays and freshman Seth Layton -- which finished 18th.

Kays (26.68 seconds) came in 57th out of 86 swimmers in the 50 free, while Layton (32.81) lowered his personal record by 1.02 seconds in the same event.

The meet in the Mizzou Aquatic Center brought in many of the state's powers, including defending champion Rockhurst of Kansas City and Parkway Central of St. Louis -- which took home the team trophy.

Marshall will compete today in a meet hosted by Blue Springs South.

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