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Page B-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Runners: Swimming: Shelton boys drop their times Raising funds continued from page B-3 "I was recruited because I went to state in the 400-meter dash and had times to qualify," Schwerzler said. "I think it&apos;s an amazing opportunity. It's really exciting. I've never been out of the country before." Both girls are dedicated students. Nicolas said compet- ing in sports improved her fo- cus, which translated into the classroom, and Schwerzler is a full-time student at Olympic College Bremerton. The girls are also involved in their communities. Schwerzler, a member of the North Mason National Honor Society, volunteers at Pioneer Middle School, at the Christmas Giving Arts and Crafts Fair to raise money for food for Pioneer families, is an assistant coach for her fathes basketball team through Shel- ton Parks and Recreation and has volunteered in the past for Kitten Rescue. For the past four years, Nicolas has helped plan and organize the Shelton Chris- tian Church's annual trip to Mexico to build homes and has been a camp counselor for Panhandle Lake's sixth-grade camp and the local 4-H groups. Nicolas said she's excited for the trip to Australia. "I'm looking forward to the experience of going to another country and representing my state," she said. Although both girls are re- quired to raise at least $5,000, that hasn't hindered the girls' determination to go. Both have put in consider- able efforts to bring in money for the trip. On Feb. 20, Nico- las said she had about $1,700 left to raise, while Schwerzler said Monday she had about $2,500 remaining. "If you raised $1,000 within a month of signing up, you earned a free three-day trip to Hawaii," Schwerzler said. "So I get three days in Hawaii af- ter Australia." The money for both girls is due by June 1 and both are still looking for community sponsors. "I'm going to businesses and talking to them," Nicolas said. "I'm also having a garage sale in May and a spaghetti feed in March." One of Schwerzles spon- sors is State Farm Insurance in Shelton. "If you go in and talk to Mela- nie for a free quote and give my name, she'll give me $25 toward the trip," Schwerzler said. To sponsor either athlete, go to downundersports.com. Journal photos by Emily Hanson Shelton junior Harrison MacAlevy dives in for the 50-yard freestyle in the preliminaries Friday at the 3A WlAA State Boys' Swimming and Diving Championship in the King County Aquatic Center. MacAlevy set a school record in the finals at 21.58, fast enough for fourth place. continued from page B-1 MacAlevy led off the event, with Ke- aly, sophomore Levi Vance and junior Ryan Taylor competing with him. At the start of the meet, MacAlevy and Kealy also swam the 200-yard medley relay. "They were ranked 18th and ended up 13th, so they moved way up and dropped 1 second," Youngquist said. "Levi's swim was outstanding. He's a big part of our future." The medley relay team dropped al- most 2 seconds to advance from an ini- tial ranking of 16th. "The most improvement came from Harrison and Ryder," Youngquist said. MacAlevy said he was happy to set the school record in the 50 freestyle af- Shelton senior Ryder Phelan approaches the wall while swimming the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay in the preliminaries of the 3A WlAA State Boys' Swimming and Diving Championship on Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The medley relay team -- with senior Dalton Green, junior Harrison MacAlevy and senior Sean Kealy -- finished 1 lth in the finals at 1:46.71. ter the preliminaries. "When I set the record in the backstroke at districts, I was dead and didn't realize I'd broken the re- cord," MacAlevy said. "This was a big time drop for me. I was at 21.99 at districts when I finally managed to break 22." MacAlevy's times are especially im- pressive, Youngquist said, when look- ing at one physical fact: He measures in at 5-foot-7, which is relatively short for a male swimmer. "There are some advantages to be- ing shorter," MacAlevy said. "I'm light- er and ride on the water easier. (Taller swimmers) might have half a foot on me, but that only counts on the start. If you have a high enough tempo, you should be able to keep up." Shelton sophomore Jon Netzel approaches the water on an inward dive during the preliminaries Friday at the 3A WlAA State Boys' Swimming and Diving Championship at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Netzel finished 14th with 242.60 points. was able to Freshmen Netzel finished 13th and 18th with Fly, sophomore Jon Netzel "They dove well," co-head coach ished in 14th place with 242.60 Rob Phelan said. "I was real points. eKS Deiore stat," Phelan said. "He got on the "Troy had a great meet," d and failed his second &ve said. "As his second time there, he because ofmi ation. He was was a bit more composed. He strug- nervous, but he d some good dives." l RV Storage with Double Car Garage 1724 Cole Street <-[H[] Seattle / Enumclaw m 360-825-7768 $9, -q--J m 1-800-854-4410 ..1,--O,R. ,,C ,LHAS3672 6xl 2 Shelton sophomore Troy Krumpols performs an inward somersault during the preliminary dives Friday at the 3A WlAA State Boys' Swimming and Diving Championship in the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Krumpols took 10th with 270 points.