Carriveau knives her way through the water

Marinette’s Maija Carriveau knives her way through the water during her 500 Freestyle event during Marinette’s meet against Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Thursday, at Marinette High School.

MARINETTE — One week after giving defending Bay Conference champions Seymour all they could handle, the Marinette swim team picked up its first win of the season as Ella Olive and Maija Carriveau helped lift the Marines to an 83-77 victory over conference foe Wittenberg-Birnamwood on Thursday.

Carriveau captured first-place finishes in two events while Olive took home the top spot in the 100 Breaststroke (1:20.52) that helped Marinette win seven out of 11 events. Olive also finished second in the 200 Freestyle by swimming a 2:25.82, just missing out on first place by two seconds.

Carriveau’s time of 5:46.48 in the 500 Freestyle was full minute faster than W-B’s Jessica Storlie (7:05.78) but she found herself in a dead-heat with McKenna Metroulos in the 50 Freestyle, narrowly edging her out by 0.12 to win with a time of 24.92.

Marinette head coach Calista Thill said that her team wasn’t as sharp as they had been a week before versus Seymour, but lauded the girls’ ability to overcome their slow start to pick up the win.

“The girls didn’t swim as well as they did last week but they still managed to pull through. Ella Olive pulled through with her 100 breaststroke and swam a great leg in her medley relay. Maija Carriveau swam the 500 freestyle, which she hadn’t done in a long time, and she placed first,” she said. “The girls really pushed through even though they had a rough start, but we’ll put that one behind us and move forward. I’m extremely happy to pick up the win, the girls swam well and I’m proud of them.”

The Marines opened Thursday’s meet with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay, with Allie Mayhew, Mary Mayhew, Olive and Carriveau combining for a 2:01.36 while the pairing of Chloe Sanders, Shayla Diaz, Riley Sabel and Gracie Hansen nabbed third place with a 2:23.36.

Mary Mayhew competed in the 200 Individual Medley and took second (2:38.91) while Diaz was right behind in third (2:56.42). Mayhew was also the second-place finisher in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:12.26.

Marinette dominated the 100 Freestyle, with Allie Mayhew finishing first (59.99), Hansen in third (1:20.24) and Sanders close behind in fourth (1:24.86). The Marines continued to stay hot in the 100 Backstroke as Mayhew once again finished first (1:02.76) while Sabel (1:18.75) was third and Sanders (1:28.26) came in fourth.

The group of Sanders, Hansen, Sabel and Diaz swam a 2:05.73 to squeak past W-B’s time of 2:07.95, but Marinette’s pairing of Allie Mayhew, Mary Mayhew, Olive and Carriveau had to settle for second place in the night’s final event, swimming a 4:13.30 in the 400 Freestyle relay.

Even with a six-point victory over a conference rival, Thill knows there’s still things for Marinette to improve upon as the season begins to heat up.

“We had a bit of a hard practice on Wednesday, so that might be why they were feeling it today. We changed our lineup a little bit this week as well, and McKenna Metroulos is an amazing swimmer so we had some really good competition,” she said “Our girls need to learn how to be quick on and off the wall. I told them they were eating their lunches on their turns and they know what I mean, so we’ll take that to practice tomorrow and work on it. It’s early in the season and there’s still lots of room for improvement and I’m looking forward to seeing what the girls have coming.”

Marinette has an entire week to prepare for their next meet before traveling to Shawano Community High School on Sept. 24. The meet begins at 6 p.m.