Elena Henry and Tucker Welch Selected As December Student-Athletes of the Month

Elena Henry and Tucker Welch Selected As December Student-Athletes of the Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Elena Henry (girls swimming & diving) and Tucker Welch (ice hockey) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for December 2023.

Elena Henry Elena is part of this year’s senior class at MSHS and is a four-year member of the MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving program.

For the past four years, Elena has and continues to be a key member of the MSHS Girls Swim & Dive Team. She brings valuable experience to this year’s team after having been part of two MHSAA U.P. Championship teams (2022-23, 2021-22) and one MHSAA U.P. Runner-Up team (2020-21). With already having turned in multiple MHSAA U.P. Finals qualifying times this season, Elena is looking to cap her impressive career that already has her as a three-time All-U.P. Team honoree and two-time U.P. Champion (2022-23; 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay). In all, she comes into this season as a 10-time medalist at the MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals.

In the classroom, Elena owns an impressive cumulative GPA of 4.07 and is a member of both the honor roll and National Honor Society.  Outside of school, Elena performs as a member of the MSHS Symphony Orchestra where she earned the Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2023 Solo & Ensemble Festival.  She also serves as director of the “Lauri’s Angels” gift drive at MSHS and volunteers at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans.  To round things out, Elena was named MSHS “Student of the Week” for November 27-December 1 and previously represented MSHS at the 2023 MHSAA Sportsmanship Summit.

Upon graduating from MSHS, Elena plans on attending Northern Michigan University beginning in Fall 2024 to pursue a degree in Biology on either the Pre-Medicine or Pre-Dental track.

Tucker Welch  is of senior class standing and currently serves as an assistant captain on the 2023-2024 MSHS Varsity Hockey Team.

As one of the leaders on this year’s varsity hockey team, Tucker has been instrumental in helping the team to a 10-2-0 overall record, including a 4-1-0 mark in the Great Lakes Hockey Conference, that has Marquette currently ranked 5th among MHSAA Division 3 schools according to Michigan Hockey Hub. In 12 games this season, Tucker has accumulated 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points.

In addition to hockey, Tucker also assumed a leadership role as a captain on the 2023 MSHS Varsity Football Team. His work ethic helped the team to a 5-4 overall record (5-1 Big North Conference) and berth in the 2023 MHSAA Division 3 Playoffs. As a running back, he turned in 787 yards and 8 touchdowns off of 127 carries to earn All-U.P. Special Mention and All-Big North Conference Second Team accolades. He was also selected as MSHS’ “Offensive Player of the Year”.

In the classroom, Tucker owns a 3.60 cumulative GPA for a regular spot on the honor roll and active membership in the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Tucker also enjoys fishing as well as volunteering time with Special Olympics powerlifting. Tucker’s post-graduation plans are to continue his athletics career at a college/university that has yet to be decided on while pursuing a degree in Construction Management.

Grace Sobczak and Andrew King Selected As February Student-Athletes Of The Month

Grace Sobczak and Andrew King Selected As February Student-Athletes Of The Month

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Grace Sobczak (girls swim & dive) and Andrew King (boys swim & dive) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for February 2023.

Grace Sobczak is a junior at MSHS this year and has just finished her third year as a member of the MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving team.

The 2022-2023 swimming and diving season was a remarkable season for both the team, as the Redettes won the MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving title, and for Grace as she captured four first place finishes at this year’s finals (200 Medley Relay, 200 I.M., 500 Free, 400 Free Relay). Those results earned Grace All-Upper Peninsula honors for the third consecutive season and also saw her recognized by the MHSAA as the “Performance of the Week”.

The team championship is the team’s second straight and fourth MHSAA U.P. Finals title in five seasons. For Grace, she has now accumulated eight total first place finishes at the MHSAA U.P. Finals after winning two events in both 2022 (200 Medley Relay, 500 Free) and 2021 (500 Free, 200 Free Relay).

Academically, Grace holds a 3.76 cumulative GPA which has her included on the MSHS Honor Roll, French Honor Roll as well as membership in the National Honor Society. Grace is a three-sport student-athlete at MSHS and also participates in the cross country and track & field programs.

Although still a year away, Grace is intending on continuing her education after graduating from MSHS and pursuing collegiate swimming opportunities.

 

Andrew King is a Class of 2023 senior has just wrapped-up an outstanding four-year career on the MSHS Boys Swimming & Diving team.

For the past four years, Andrew has been a key member of a talented group of seniors within the swimming & diving program. His talent, hard work and dedication, along with that of his teammates, has resulted in four consecutive MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving championships.

At the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Finals meet, Andrew earned three individual titles (200 Medley Relay, 100 Back, 400 Free Relay) to help the team distance themselves from the competition. In all, Andrew has earned seven total individual U.P. titles after earning three in 2022 (200 Medley Relay, 100 Back, 400 Free Relay) and one in 2021 (200 Medley Relay). Those results have allowed him to be a three-time member of the All-U.P. team over the course of his career.

In the classroom, Andrew owns an impressive 4.26 cumulative GPA to make him an Excellence in Education student and member of the National Honor Society. In addition to swimming, Andrew also participates as a member of the MSHS Varsity Boys Tennis team and Disc Golf Club.

Andrew’s post-graduation plans are to continue his education at a college/university yet to be determined, while pursuing a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management as well as collegiate swimming opportunities.

Girls Swim & Dive Has Nine Selected To 2022-2023 All-U.P. Team

Girls Swim & Dive Has Nine Selected To 2022-2023 All-U.P. Team

After again winning the team championship at the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals last Saturday (February 18), the MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving Team was well represented on the All-Upper Peninsula Teams that were announced on Tuesday (February 21).

MSHS had nine total team members receiving All-U.P. accolades.  Below is the full listing of award recipients.

2022-23 All-U.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Team

  • Female Swimmer of the Year:
    • Ava Getzloff – Gladstone
  • Coach of the Year:
    • Parker Birr – Manistique
  • Swimmers:
    • Nahia Cristobalena – Kingsford
    • Grace Sobczak – Marquette
    • Paige Davis – Marquette
    • Logan McFarren – Marquette
    • Mary Hook – Gladstone
    • Elena Henry – Marquette
    • Reese Herioux – Gladstone
    • Sierra Scott – Kingsford
    • Maddie Wood – Marquette
    • Elle Durand – Marquette
    • Maija Talvensaari – Marquette
    • Hailee LaCombe – Marquette
    • Edith Jentoft – Marquette
    • Alli Kuenzer – Rudyard
    • Baylie LaVigne – Westwood
  • Divers:
    • Faith Spiroff – Westwood
    • Maggie Harvala – Westwood
    • Olivia Martin – Sault Ste. Marie
Girls Swim & Dive Dominates Competition To Again Claim MHSAA U.P. Title

Girls Swim & Dive Dominates Competition To Again Claim MHSAA U.P. Title

The MSHS Swimming & Diving teams again played host to the MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Championships this weekend (February 17-18).  All participants in the meet were required to meet the designated qualifying time for their respective event(s) in order to compete.

MSHS finished in the top spot in seven events on the day and also used the team’s depth to distance themselves from the competition en route to claiming the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving title.

Team Scores:

  1. Marquette – 393
  2. Gladstone – 156
  3. Kingsford – 153
  4. Sault Ste. Marie – 146
  5. Houghton – 128
  6. Westwood – 106
  7. Rudyard – 101
  8. Ishpeming-Negaunee – 76
  9. Manistique – 48

Event Winners:

  • 200 Medley RelayElena Henry, Maija Talvensaari, Paige Davis, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 1:58.91
  • 200 FreestyleLogan McFarren (Marquette) – 2:10.49
  • 200 IMGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 2:23.42
  • 50 Freestyle – Ava Getzloff (Gladstone) – 25.83
  • 1 Meter Diving – Faith Spiroff (Westwood) – 235.55
  • 100 ButterflyPaige Davis (Marquette) – 1:04.52
  • 100 Freestyle – Nahia Cristobalena (Kingsford) – 57.21
  • 500 FreestyleGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 5:35.02
  • 200 Freestyle RelayMaija Talvensaari, Natalie Schetter, Maddie Wood, Logan McFarren (Marquette) – 1:50.33
  • 100 Backstroke – Ava Getzloff (Gladstone) – 1:02.70
  • 100 Breaststroke – Nahia Cristobalena (Kingsford) – 1:12.45
  • 400 Freestyle RelayPaige Davis, Elena Henry, Logan McFarren, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 3:53.07

Click here for full meet results from the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals.

Click here for event photos from the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals (courtesy of Randy Ritari).

Swim & Dive To Host 2023 MHSAA U.P. Finals On Friday-Saturday (February 17-18)

Swim & Dive To Host 2023 MHSAA U.P. Finals On Friday-Saturday (February 17-18)

This weekend (February 17-18), Marquette Senior High School will once again be playing host to the MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals.  Below is meet information both for fans attending the events in-person, as well as those looking to watch from home.

Meet Location:

  • Marquette Senior High School (1203 W. Fair Ave.; Marquette, MI)

Start Times:

  • Friday, February 17 – MHSAA U.P. Diving Finals – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 18 – MHSAA U.P. Swimming Finals – 11:00 a.m.

Tickets (sold online via GoFan):

Live Stream Links (via NFHS Network; subscription required):

Psych Sheets:

 

Girls Swim & Dive Posts 129-55 Dual Meet Win At Houghton

Girls Swim & Dive Posts 129-55 Dual Meet Win At Houghton

The MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving Team traveled to Houghton on Tuesday (2/7/23) for a dual meet with the host Gremlins.  The MSHS Girls defeated Houghton in the meet by a final score of 129-55.

Event Winners:

  • 200 Medley RelayElena Henry, Maija Talvensaari, Paige Davis, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 2:06.68
  • 200 FreestyleElle Durand (Marquette) – 2:26.04
  • 200 IMMaddie Wood (Marquette) – 2:43.29
  • 50 FreestylePaige Davis (Marquette) – 27.62
  • 1 Meter Diving – Kaela Davis (Marquette) – 145.55
  • 100 ButterflyGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 1:11.46
  • 100 FreestyleElena Henry (Marquette) – 59.83
  • 500 FreestyleLogan McFarren (Marquette) – 6:09.80
  • 200 Freestyle RelayPaige Davis, Natalie Schetter, Maija Talvensaari, Logan McFarren (Marquette) – 1:56.35
  • 100 BackstrokeElena Henry (Marquette) – 1:08.45
  • 100 BreaststrokeMaija Talvensaari (Marquette) – 1:21.71
  • 400 Freestyle RelayElena Henry, Logan McFarren, Natalie Schetter, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 4:15.11

Click here for full meet results.

MSHS Swimmers will next compete when they host the Upper Penninsula Junior Varsity Championships on Friday, 2/10/23, at 3:30 p.m.  All schools in the U.P. are invited to attend this meet that is open to student-athletes not having qualified in more than one individual event at the 2023 MHSAA U.P. Finals.

Girls Swim & Dive Cruises Past Kingsford In Dual Meet, 123-47

Girls Swim & Dive Cruises Past Kingsford In Dual Meet, 123-47

The MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving Team traveled to Kingsford on Tuesday (1/31/23) for a dual meet held at the Northern Lights YMCA.  The MSHS Girls defeated the Flivvers in the meet by a final score of 123-47.

Event Winners:

  • 200 Medley RelayPaige Davis, Maija Talvensaari, Grace Sobczak, Logan McFarren (Marquette) – 2:07.79
  • 200 FreestyleElena Henry (Marquette) – 2:12.17
  • 200 IMGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 2:25.80
  • 50 FreestyleLogan McFarren (Marquette) – 28.55
  • 100 ButterflyElena Henry (Marquette) – 1:09.00
  • 100 FreestylePaige Davis (Marquette) – 1:02.18
  • 500 FreestyleGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 5:47.53
  • 200 Freestyle RelayElena Henry, Maija Talvensaari, Logan McFarren, Paige Davis (Marquette) – 1:53.01
  • 100 BackstrokeCynthia Duckwall (Marquette) – 1:18.61
  • 100 BreaststrokeHailee LaCombe (Marquette) – 1:23.85
  • 400 Freestyle RelayElena Henry, Natalie Schetter, Logan McFarren, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 4:10.03

Click here for full meet results.

The MSHS Swim & Dive Teams will have their final home dual meet of the 2022-23 season on Thursday, 2/2/23, when they host Sault Ste. Marie for a meet starting at 4:30 p.m.  “Senior Day” recognitions will be held as part of the meet to honor the Class of 2023 Seniors within the MSHS Swimming & Diving Program.

Girls Swim & Dive Defeats Houghton In Dual Meet, 141-42

Girls Swim & Dive Defeats Houghton In Dual Meet, 141-42

The MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving Team hosted Houghton on Thursday (1/26/23) for a dual meet between two of the predominant programs in the Upper Peninsula.  The MSHS Girls defeated Houghton in the meet by a final score of 141-42.

Event Winners:

  • 200 Medley RelayElena Henry, Maija Talvensaari, Paige Davis, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 2:04.34
  • 200 FreestyleLogan McFarren (Marquette) – 2:14.22
  • 200 IMElena Henry (Marquette) – 2:28.38
  • 50 FreestyleGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 27.11
  • 1 Meter DivingKaela Davis (Marquette) – 136.95
  • 100 ButterflyPaige Davis (Marquette) – 1:10.27
  • 100 FreestyleGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 58.11
  • 500 FreestyleMaddie Wood (Marquette) – 6:28.49
  • 200 Freestyle RelayLogan McFarren, Natalie Schetter, Maija Talvensaari, Elena Henry (Marquette) – 1:54.82
  • 100 BackstrokeLogan McFarren (Marquette) – 1:13.12
  • 100 BreaststrokeMaija Talvensaari (Marquette) – 1:19.88
  • 400 Freestyle RelayPaige Davis, Natalie Schetter, Hailee LaCombe, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 4:14.96

Click here for full meet results.

The MSHS Swim & Dive Teams will be on the road to start next week when they travel to Kingsford on Tuesday, 1/31/23, for a meet beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Girls Swim & Dive Has Strong Showing At Splash-n-Dash Invitational

Girls Swim & Dive Has Strong Showing At Splash-n-Dash Invitational

The MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving team hosted the 2023 Splash-n-Dash meet on Saturday (1/14/23).   All but one U.P. high school swimming and diving team attended the event, that featured a series of short distance races with unlimited team entries in order to maximize participation in the meet.  Competing teams were Marquette, Gladstone, Houghton, Ishpeming-Negaunee, Kingsford, Sault Ste. Marie and Westwood.

Event Medalists from MSHS (Top-2 Relays; Top-3 Individual):

  • 200 Medley Relay 
    • Elena Henry, Maija Talvensaari, Paige Davis, Grace Sobczak (1st Place – 2:01.10)
  • 100 IM 
    • Elena Henry (3rd Place – 1:08.81)
  • 50 Freestyle 
    • Paige Davis (1st Place – 26.90); Grace Sobczak (2nd Place – 27.00)
  • 50 Butterfly 
    • Elena Henry (1st Place – 29.25)
  • 50 Backstroke 
    • Paige Davis (2nd Place – 31.55)
  • 50 Breaststroke
    • Maija Talvensaari (2nd Place – 34.52); Grace Sobczak (3rd Place – 35.79)
  • 200 Freestyle Relay 
    • Paige Davis, Elena Henry, Logan McFarren, Grace Sobczak (1st Place – 1:48.07)

Click here for full meet results.

The MSHS Swim & Dive teams will be back in action on Thursday, January 26, when they host Houghton for a dual meet starting at 3:30 p.m.

Girls Swim & Dive Gets Dual Meet Win At Westwood, 121-52

Girls Swim & Dive Gets Dual Meet Win At Westwood, 121-52

The MSHS Girls Swimming & Diving Team traveled to Westwood on Wednesday (1/11/23) for a dual meet against the host Patriots.  The MSHS Girls defeated WHS in the meet by a final score of 121-52.

Event Winners:

  • 200 Medley RelayGrace Sobczak, Maddie Wood, Elena Henry, Paige Davis (Marquette) – 2:09.09
  • 200 Freestyle – Baylie LaVigne (Westwood) – 2:27.59
  • 200 IMElena Henry (Marquette) – 2:31.76
  • 50 FreestyleLogan McFarren (Marquette) – 28.74
  • 1 Meter DivingFaith Spiroff (Westwood) – 232.55
  • 100 ButterflyGrace Sobczak (Marquette) – 1:10.61
  • 100 FreestyleNatalie Schetter (Marquette) – 1:04.13
  • 500 FreestyleLogan McFarren (Marquette)6:15.60
  • 200 Freestyle RelayElena Henry, Maija Talvensaari, Grace Sobczak, Paige Davis (Marquette) – 1:52.30
  • 100 BackstrokeElena Henry (Marquette) – 1:15.08
  • 100 BreaststrokeMaddie Wood (Marquette) – 1:26.89
  • 400 Freestyle RelayNatalie Schetter, Paige Davis, Logan McFarren, Grace Sobczak (Marquette) – 4:16.30

Click here for full meet results.

The MSHS Swim & Dive Teams will host the annual Splash-n-Dash Meet this Saturday, 1/14/23.  Diving preliminaries will begin at 10:00 a.m. with swimming events having an anticipated start time of 12:30 p.m.