Anchor Bay did it again.
Unfortunately for Marysville, it happened at the Vikings’ expense again.
Just like last year, the Tars and Vikings met in the last league meet of the season for a winner-take-all meet to see who would finish the MAC Blue season at 5-0 and with the league title.
After winning 11 of the 12 events, Anchor Bay took the meet 103-77.
“I’m glad they’re upset about it, they dug their heels in and went after it,” first-year Marysville head coach Steve Rogers said. “As a coach, that’s what you want. They gave it their best … and Anchor Bay is a formidable opponent, and they got the best of us. I applaud their efforts.”
The night started with a win for Anchor Bay as the team of Brendan Foster, Nathan Marr, Connor Haskin and Justin Rozanski placed first in the 200 medley relay at 1:49.55.
Anchor Bay followed with another win in the 200 freestyle with Tyler Pulk swimming a 1:57.47. However, Marysville’s Cody Hepinstall, Jake Turpel and Andrew Patchel finished 2nd-4th to earn key points.
Vikings sophomore Derek Wilson picked up Marysville’s first win of the meet, swimming to a 2:09.27 in the 200 IM. Winning is nothing new to Wilson, as he already has qualified for the Division 3 state meet in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.
“He’s a fantastic kid just by himself, and he’s an even better swimmer,” Marysville senior Michael Rasnick said. “I love him, and he’s going to go places. As a sophomore, he’s already showing us he’s got it.”
Right before diving, Anchor Bay’s Brendan Foster flew by the competition with a first-place 50 freestyle time of 22.30.
At the diving break, Anchor Bay still prevailed with Shawn Strable winning with a 144.05. Marysville’s Garrett McLane placed second with a 118.60.
The Tars picked up a win right after diving with Connor Haskin placing first in the 100 butterfly at 1:03.37.
The 100 freestyle went down to the wire, and it was Anchor Bay’s Pulk getting his second win of the night with a time of 52.52 — just .13 faster than Marysville’s Rasnick.
The 500 freestyle was also taken by the Tars as Brandon Siedlik pulled away from Marysville’s Jake Turpel and Cody Hepinstall — who took second and third — halfway through the race.
Anchor Bay’s 200 freestyle relay team of Chase Kerr, Marr, Pulk and Rozanski also crushed the field with a 1:38.20. The Tars also got second place for a huge advantage late in the meet.
Anchor Bay’s Foster also got the 100 backstroke win with a 57.06.
Marr also topped the 100 breaststroke field with a 1:04.35, but it was kept close by Marysville’s Wilson who touched the wall at 1:04.71.
Anchor Bay ended its title-winning night with Haskin, Pulk, Darian Chunn and Foster taking the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:47.56.
While that marks the end of the league meet season, there is still the MISCA meet, the MAC Blue Championships and the Division 3 state meet. From here on out, the Vikings will stay the course and look for a strong finish to the winter.
“I’m very proud with where we are right now,” Rasnick said. “We’ve been working hard, and yeah we lost, but we are going to move on and get better from what just happened.”