MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Maryville Sharks were dominant in route to a Maryville Invitational team title, besting the other seven teams competing to defend their home waters on Saturday.
The Sharks scored 724 team points while second-place Clarinda had 215 and third-place Shenandoah had just 135. If all seven of the other teams combined their points, they still wouldn’t have reached the Sharks’ total.
Maryville’s dominance was most noticeable in the relays where they could show their quantity of quality and won 18 of the 20 relay events.
“That just goes to show that even if we don’t have the first-place swimmer in every event, we have the quality swimmers throughout all of our age groups,” Maryville coach Lauren Macali said. “We have a lot of depth.”
While the relays were a strength for the team, they also had tremendous individual performances. Cora Feick, Nino Coniglio and Ethan Stone were the top individual point scorers by winning all four of their individual events.
Feick owned the girls’ 8-and-under division by winning the 25-meter backstroke, 25-meter butterfly, 25-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley.
“Her first year was actually last year so she is a pretty new swimmer,” Macali said. “To see her come up and work so hard is really awesome.”
Coniglio was stellar in the boys’ 14-15 division with wins in the 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley. Jaxson Staples won the 50-meter breaststroke.
In the boys’ 15-and-over division division, Stone won the 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breast stroke, 50-meter butterfly and 100-meter individual medley.
Matt Goodridge secured the other 15-and-over title by winning the 50-meter freestyle.
“Matt, just like some of our other swimmers, is just a beast in the water,” Macali said. “He is able to propel himself in the water just like a little fish.”
Jillian Ternus also had a terrific day by going 3-for-3 in her individual events. The 15 year-old won the 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley.
“It is really impressive to see the improvements she has made over the winter and for her to bring that into the summer is really awesome,” Macali said.
One of the most impressive wins of the day came from one of the youngest swimmers in the pool with six year-old Clay Tobin winning the boys’ 8-and-under 25-meter breaststroke.
“Just to see him win that as a six year-old was so awesome,” Macali said.
Tyson Atwell earned a victory in the boys’ 9-10 25-meter backstroke and William Sheil won the boys’ 50-meter freestyle.
“Tyson is just a beast in the water,” Macali said. “It is pretty tough for Will because this is his first year in the 11-12 and he has had a lot of competition especially with the 12 year-olds who are in their second year swimming fifties — so doubling the distances.”
Aleighna Keller won the girls’ 13-14 50-meter backstroke.
“Aleighna is a really, really strong swimmer,” Macali said.
The Sharks have just one meet left with the Nebraska City Invitational on Saturday, July 13.