Marlins make good showing in the pool

Tina Harbuck

The Destin Marlin swim teams split with the Meigs Wildcats in the pool over the weekend at the Destin Aquatic Center.

The Destin Middle School boys beat Meigs 119-89, while the Destin girls lost 121-96 to Meigs.

“I think we are on pace to do well,” said Destin Coach Grant Crawford. “They swam hard and looked good. I think we have the potential to place in the county meet.”

On Saturday, the Destin boys were led by Carson Kale, who won the 200 freestyle and the 100 individual medley events.

Gavin Bartlett took first in the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard breaststroke.

Anthony Perillo placed first in the 50-yard breaststroke for the Marlins.

The Destin boys teamed up to take first in the 200 medley relay. Swimming for the Marlins were Jaden Newell, Perillo, Kale and Asa Newell.

For the novice boys, Carter LaRocque took first in the 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke.

In the girl’s competition, Kathryn Ballard led the Lady Marlins with a first place finish in the 100 individual medley and the 50-yard breaststroke.

Eliza Scoper took first in the 50-yard backstroke, while Riley Brown earned first in the 50-yard butterfly and Jazlynn LaRocque placed first in the 50-yard freestyle.

Scoper, Ballard, Rilee Brown and LaRocque teamed up to win the 200 medley relay.

Placing for the girls in the novice division was Brighton Watson with a first place in the 25-yard backstroke and second in the 25-yard freestyle.

Up next for the Destin swimmers is a 1:45 p.m. meet on Saturday at the Destin Aquatic Center against Liza Jackson of Fort Walton Beach.