FEDERAL WAY, Washington, November 14. LAKE Washington (Division 2A), Mercer Island (Division 3A) and Newport (Division 4A) emerged as the team champions at the Washington State High School Swimming and Diving Championships. Two state and six divisional records during the weekend of Nov. 9-10 in Federal Way.
The Lake Washington Kangaroos scored 235 points to earn the team title in their first year of swimming in that division–despite not having any event winners or relay victories. Their depth gave them the victory, placing multiple swimmers in the top 16 in several events. Claire Kucinski-Murphy, a sophomore, finished second in both the 50 yard free (25.15) and 100 back (1:00.99).
Tumwater's 205 points earned them second place, led by their Division 2A record-setting relays. Their senior quartet of Anneke Stoker, Alex Cumings, Lorraine Hack and Abby Sullivan posted a 1:40.61 in the 200 free relay and 3:40.87 in the 400 free relay. Sullivan claimed individual victories in the 100 free (52.38) and 100 back (58.85).
One individual 2A record fell to Squalicum senior Tori Franzen, who put together 383.55 points to come out on top in the diving competition.
Sumner's 200 medley relay of juniors Alicia Ditty and Madison Munger, along with seniors Ashley Huynh and Kellan Gustafson, combined for a first-place 1:53.56.
Hockinson senior Julia Sanders also was a double-event champion, scoring wins in the 100 fly (56.61) and 200 IM (2:05.90).
Three sophomores grabbed individual titles: Sehome's Gwendolyn Roley (200 free, 1:59.07), Klahowya's Kelsey Crane (500 free, 5:19.17) and Fife's Meredith Sawer (100 breast, 1:06.34). Ellensburg senior Anne Froelich out-touched Kucinski-Murphy for the 50 free victory (25.11).
Rounding out the top five teams were Ellensburg (160), Sehome (151) and Sumner (140).
Mercer Island's 200 free relay of junior Alex Seidel, senior Christina Williamson, freshman Sabrina Kwan and senior Grace Wold combined for a state-record setting 1:37.12 in the 200 yard free relay. The Islanders also got first-place points from their 400 free relay of senior Kristin Hoffman, Seidel, junior Caitlin Cox and Wold (3:33.41), as well as Kwan's 100 fly triumph (55.85).
The swims, as well as other top-16 efforts, gave Mercer Island its fourth straight 3A team title with a commanding 376-point total. For the third consecutive year, Bainbridge Island finished in the runner-up position with 303 points. They were followed by Seattle Lakeside (194), Hanford (147) and Bellevue (131).
Bellevue junior Kim Williams received Swimmer of the Meet honors. She set a 3A record 2:01.20 in the 200 IM (erasing Corrie Murphy's 1996 mark of 2:02.00) and also captured the 100 breast (1:03.49). Meadowdale junior Anna Keane nabbed both sprint freestyle races with her 23.36 in the 50 free and 50.60 in the 100 free.
Bainbridge Island began the meet with a 3A record-setting 1:47.75 by the quartet of junior Shayla Archer, freshman Ani Duni, sophomore Anna Peirano and senior Sarah Grundman. The previous mark was 1:47.88 by J.F. Kennedy from 2008. Archer went on to defeat Oak Harbor sophomore Emily Huffer in the 100 back by just 5-hundredths (56.18-56.23), and Grundman took top honors in the 500 free (4:58.40).
Monica Bottelberghe, a Columbia River junior, placed first in the 200 free (1:50.05), and J.F. Kennedy senior Ashley Knox won the diving title with 419.80 points.
Caitlin Chambers, in her final high school meet, posted a total of 488.20 points to claim the diving title. It also gave the Garfield High senior a state record, erasing the 473.30 set by Issaquah's Jessie Snowden in 2005.
Cascade's 200 free relay of seniors Nichole Carlson, Darcie Booth, Kalena Laurent and freshman Danielle Booth posted a 1:38.29, good for a division record. Henry Foss' 1:38.53 had stood as the record since 1992. The quartet also earned first in the 400 free relay with their 3:34.96.
But perhaps the most exciting aspect of this meet was Newport's victory at the 4A competition. The Knights won the school's first swimming title since 1982 with their 217 points, ahead of Richland's 183.5 and Cascade's 169. Mt. Rainier grabbed fourth (155), with Skyline–trying for its fourth consecutive title– placed fifth (132). Like Lake Washington in the 2A division, Newport didn't have any event champions, relying on depth to get the job done.
Richland's Lisa Bratton, a junior, earned Swimmer of the Meet honors. She placed first in both the 200 IM (2:01.53) and 100 back (54.85). Two other swimmers took home two event titles each. Federal Way junior Kenna Ramey claimed the 50 free (23.44) and 100 fly (56.00), and St. Thomas Aquinas senior Felicity Cann was victorious in the 200 and 500 free (1:49.72 and 4:57.78).
Wenatchee junior Hannah Bruggman's 51.71 earned her the top spot on the podium in the 50 free, and Carolyn McCann, a junior at Gig Harbor, dominated the 100 fly with her 1:03.30 performance. Skyline's 200 medley relay came in first with the team of juniors Kristaley Umezawa and Stephanie Munoz, along with seniors Andi Scarcello and Maria Volodkevich.