By now it’s known to anyone remotely close to the Blue Water swimming community that Grace Shinske is unfairly fast.
After Thursday’s ForSports St. Clair County Meet, the St. Clair senior will remind anyone that swims at Marysville’s pool of her dominance for years to come.
Shinske was part of a big Saints win that included a first place finish in every single race against Port Huron, Marysville and Marine City. She also will have her name etched on the record board as she broke three pool records, also snapping four meet records too.
With her repeated dominance in the pool, Shinske is the Times Herald Athlete of the Week.
Best of all, as far as sibling rivalries go, she beat her older brother, Charlie, who holds the Marysville pool boys record in the 100 backstroke by racing to a 58.05. As exciting as the news was, he heard it before she got to really brag about it first.
“I didn’t actually tell him, my parents did,” Shinske said. “He texted me ‘Hey, I heard you killed it,’ and I was like ‘Yeah,’ and that was it.”
“He’s not the type to be upset about that. He also has the fastest record at St. Clair, which is 55 (seconds), so that’s my new goal.”
Along with her speedy backstroke performance, Shinkse also set the girls pool and meet record in the 100 butterfly (59.17) and the 200 medley relay with Molly Likins, Heidi Likins and Red Smith (1:54.02). She was also part of the 400 freestyle relay team that broke the meet record with Smith and sisters Emilee and Lola Laenen (3:52.01.
Those strong relay teams will once again be called on as they’re set to see Eisenhower, Marysville and Marine City in the St. Clair Relays on Thursday. The Saints barely beat Eisenhower on Sept. 10, and they’ll be looking to take down the MAC Red’s first place team again in their home pool.
“They’re our biggest competitor, so we’re pretty excited to face them again,” Shinske said. “It was probably the best meet we had, and we beat them by four points.”
Shinske and the swimming Saints also have their eyes set on the MAC divisional meet in early November, looking to avenge last year’s second place finish.
With how well the whole team has been swimming so far, that might be another meet where the Saints are putting up big points.
“I think we’re a little better than we were expecting,” Shinske said. “We’re sitting pretty right now, but we still have a long way to go before the end of the season.”
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