Tecumseh picks up first win of season

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Alicia Dusseau placed first for Tecumseh in two individual events. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Indian girls jumped and screamed with excitement at Tecumseh’s Community Pool on Thursday, Sept. 26, after recording their first varsity swim and dive meet win of the season, beating visiting Lincoln 96-87.

The meet lasted only an hour and 15 minutes with both teams small enough to need only one heat per event. Many of the Tecumseh swimmers were in unfamiliar water despite being in their home pool.

“This was one of the meets we thought we could win,” explained Tecumseh head swim coach Sarah Eubanks. “We switched the lineup up a little bit and they swam some different things. “Our goal was 12 best times and I lost track after 10.”

The Indians easily surpassed their goal, recording 16 personal best times to log the win.

First place finishers for the Indians included Alicia Dusseau (200-, 500-yard freestyles), Karlee Marsh (200 IM, 100-yard butterfly), Maddi Gee (100-yard freestyle) and Elizabeth Becker (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke).

Tecumseh had two divers and placed first and second in the event with Sarah Kelly recording 210.70 points and Megan LaFollette totaling 199.90.

Tecumseh’s 200-yard freestyle relay team (Ashley Dempsey, Becker, Gee, Dusseau) and 400-yard freestyle relay team (Marsh, Dempsey, Dusseau, Becker) also recorded first place.

“They were a small team like us so it was a very even match, so it was exciting” said Eubanks. “Almost everybody swam an event that was not their normal event. I was trying to get them experience doing some other things, and the freestyle relays at the end were really key.”

In the Indians’ following meet on Friday, Sept. 27 at home against Erie Mason they recorded 17 personal best times but lost 97-87.

Tecumseh’s 200-yard medley relay team of Marsh, Dusseau, Gee, Olivia Mills placed first with a time of 2:13.87.

Becker earned first place in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:24.53 while Gee placed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:08.96.

Marsh won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.72 while Becker placed first in the 500-yard freestyle in 6:26.80. Gee placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.98.

Kelly finished on top again in diving, totaling 192.40 points for first place.

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