FEDERAL WAY, November 16. ROGERS High School had only four scorers at the Washington 4A High School State Championships in Federal Way on Saturday. But they made the most of their limited resources to repeat as 4A state champions.
The Rams scored 218 points, outdistancing Kentwood, whose late surge netted a total of 187-1/2 points for second. Kamiak, with 182 points, was third.
The fearsome foursome of Megan Rains, Jesika Heidloff and the Freeman sisters — Chelsey and Corie Beth — made every event count, clinching their second title with a sizzling 3:33.06 to win the 400 free relay.
"We've only been together for two years, but these two years have been incredible," Rains told the Seattle Times "We're a close bunch. We really get motivated by each other. We got this title on pure will.
"For three of us, it was our last year, so we wanted state to end well. We really weren't sure if we could pull it off with just four girls, so for us to win is incredible."
Rains wound up winning two individual events plus swimming a leg on each of the Rams’ winning relays. The senior scored her second straight title in the 200 free, clocking 1:49.94, and also won the 100 free in a speedy 50.69.
Rains, the Freeman sisters, all seniors, and Heidloff, a junior, accounted for wins in the 200 medley along with the 400 free relays. The Rams set a state record of 1:45.77 in the 200 medley, shaving five-hundredths off the mark the same team swam a year ago.
Oak Harbor junior Missy McIntyre won her third consecutive 100 yard breaststroke title, lowering her own record one night after she broke a 23-year-old state mark. McIntyre lowered the standard to 1:02.39 one night after clocking 1:02.82 in Friday's preliminaries. She had already won the 50 free for the second straight season in 23.36. Her performances won her Swimmer of the Meet honors.
Kentwood sophomore Courtney Eronemo became the Conquerors' first two-time state champion in girls or boys swimming when she took the 100 butterfly in 55.98 and won the 500 free in 4:57.64.
In other highlights, Auburn freshman Ariana Kukors swam a brilliant 2:01.73 to win the 200 IM while Kamiak junior Rikka Brunner won the 100 backstroke final in 57.64.
Kentwood's Prothero was named 4A Coach of the Year.