By Brian Savard
FEDERAL WAY, Washington, November 19. ANDIE Taylor of Skyline busted out sizzling swims, winning both of her individual events in All-American times at the Washington Women's 3A High School Championships.
Taylor broke the coveted 1:50 barrier in the 200 freestyle, clocking a 1:49.90 time. She returned in the 500, winning by 10 seconds in 4:55.67.
Brianne Lindblad, a Kennedy senior, came up with the 100 freestyle title in dramatic fashion. She touched the wall .01 seconds before second-place Keziah Beall in the 100 freestyle, reaching the top of the podium with a 53.33 time. Lindblad stayed well ahead of the competition in the 100 backstroke, taking the state title in the event with a 56.94 performance.
Kennedy used a slue of star swimmers to earn the state title in two of the three relay events. Lindblad, Nikki Vetterlein, Allie Vetterlein and Mariah Crockett swam a similar time to their preliminary performance, taking the 200 medley relay in 1:48.44. The quartet of Nikki Vetterlein, Emily Fenster, Allie Vetterlein and Lindblad teamed up in the 400 freestyle relay, closing out the championship meet with a 3:36.90 win.
Shawna Jordan of Auburn emerged ahead of a strong diving field, winning the event with a 420.95 score. Diana Wilcox of Bellevue (407.85) and Holly Front of Seattle Prep (406.65) claimed the respective silver and bronze medals.
The Kennedy women used a strong showing at the top to accumulate points. Kennedy took home the team title with 286 points while Mercer Island served as the runner up with 242.5. Camas scored 199.5 points and rounded out the top three teams with a third-place finish.