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Marlins’ annual swim meet is this weekend

By The Mercury

The Manhattan Marlins swim team is hosting its annual Monster Splash meet this Saturday and Sunday at the K-State natatorium. Admission is free.

The morning session starts at 9:15 each day and should end around 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon sessions should start around 1:15 p.m. and end around 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There are 318 athletes from 16 teams across the state expected to be in town this weekend — from the Western Kansas Swim Club to the Kansas City Tiger Sharks and three teams from Wichita.

The Marlins will have 65 swimmers in the event.

Nine Cats named Midseason All-Big 12

Nine K-State football players were honored for their play through the first six games of the 2013 campaign, as Phil Steele released his Midseason All-Big 12 football teams on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Tyler Lockett, linebacker Blake Slaughter and defensive back Ty Zimmerman earned first-team honors.

Offensive linemen B.J. Finney and Cornelius Lucas, defensive end Ryan Mueller and defensive back Randall Evans were named to the second team.

Quarterback Daniel Sams, offensive lineman Cody Whitehair and Lockett as a kick returner made the third team.

Lockett ranks second in the Big 12 with 6.2 receptions per game, while he is fourth with 95 receiving yards per game.

Slaughter, a senior who redshirted during the 2012 season, leads the team and ranks second in the Big 12 with 52 tackles to go along with two sacks and three pass breakups. He has carded at least seven tackles in five of six games, while he has reached the 10-tackle mark on three occasions.

A native of Junction City, Zimmerman ranks second on the team with 43 tackles and picked off his 11th-career pass against Louisiana and returned it 32 yards for his first-career touchdown. The senior is tied for sixth in school history in career interceptions.


Equestrian team goes South for Big 12 clash

After a week off, the fourth-ranked K-State equestrian team will travel south for two conference meets against No. 7 Baylor and No. 6 TCU.

The Wildcats will face the Bears on Friday before a Saturday tilt with the Horned Frogs.

Last season, K-State split regular season meets against both schools, while knocking off TCU, 10-5, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship.

The Hunter Seat team will look to continue its dominance. During the three-meet winning streak, K-State has outscored its opponents, 20-7.

Senior Rachel Webster has started the season on a strong note, racking up a 6-2 overall record with four Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors.

After earning NCEA Rider of the Month, Cat Avolese will provide the Wildcats with another veteran rider to help continue the winning streak.

The Wildcat Western squad will face tough competition this weekend, but will be full of confidence after sweeping Texas A&M, 10-0.

Kelly Bovaird has a 4-4 record so far this season, with two MOP honors, while competing in both Horsemanship and Reining.

Kara Guy has been solid in her sophomore season with a perfect 4-0 record in Reining. Jordan Cox has been just as good for the Wildcats, holding a 3-1 record.

After the weekend road trip, K-State will travel to Martin, Tenn., on Nov. 9 for a dual meet with SMU and UT-Martin.

The Cats return to Timbercreek Stables on Nov. 22, for the fall season finale against No. 1 Georgia.

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