Janelle Rudolph Breaks State Record to Guide Bellevue to Washington Girls 3A State Championship

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The 2018 Washington Girls 3A State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Bellevue junior Janelle Rudolph broke a ten-year-old State record in the 50 free to help her team repeat as 3A State champions. The Wolverines won a tight team race with 272 points; not too far behind were Lakeside (Seattle) with 259 points and Lake Washington with a score of 255.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Bellevue – 272
2. Lakeside (Seattle) – 259
3. Lake Washington – 255
4. Bainbridge Island – 170
5. Mercer Island – 163

The meet began in an exciting start as Bellevue’s Rudolph, Rylee SiripipatRachel Jin and Maria-Elena Acevedo combined to win a close 4×50 medley relay in 1:46.53. Lakeside (Seattle) swam to second in 1:46.59 while Lake Washington finished third in 1:46.76.

Bellevue’s Aneta Wyzaga led the charge in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:49.67 for the win. Lakeside (Seattle)’s Nathalie Valdman was also under the 1:50 mark, touching the wall second in 1:49.82. Roosevelt’s Elke Ambach wound up third in 1:53.59.

Siripipat used a strong first-half to guide herself to the wall first in the 200 IM with a winning time of 2:06.54. Her teammate Jin wasn’t too far behind in 2:06.68 for second as Holy Names Academy’s Allyson Yao finished a close third in 2:06.72.

Rudolph won the 50 free by nearly over a full second to defend her title, splashing and dashing her way to a State title in a quick 22.85. Bishop Blancet’s Ella Haskins powered home to 23.99 for second and Lake Washington’s Amelia Hammer ended up third in 24.06. Rudolph’s time broke a decade-old State record of 22.92 by Leona Jennings back in 2008.

Kayla Kersavage of Snohomish dove to first on the 1-meter board for the second-straight year with a final score of 423.15. Squalicum’s Helene Synnott took second with 404.00 points while Mercer Island’s Sophia McGuffin posted a score of 383.55 for third place.

Bainbridge Island freshman Margaret Hayes grabbed an individual win in the 100 fly by almost two seconds with a time of 55.04. She held off Garfield’s Valerie Berreto who tool second in a 56.83 while Roosevelt’s Kate Leary flew to third in 57.11.

After taking third in the 200 free, Ambach finally got the gold medal in the 100 free where she cruised home to a swift 51.87. Hammer was the runner-up in a very close 51.93 for silver and Haskins earned the bronze in 52.40.

Valdman dominated the 500 free, winning by five seconds with a final time of 4:54.80. Second place went to Wyzga in 4:59.56 as the only other swimmer under the five-minute mark and third place belonged to Mercer Island’s Cayla Prophater in 5:02.76.

Bainbridge Island got the victory in the 4×50 free relay as the quartet of Xaveria Rodriquez, Hannah LeeHannah Tonsmann and Hayes posted a narrow victory in 1:36.73. Lakeside (Seattle) took second in 1:36.91 while Bellevue rounded out the top three in 1:38.10.

Rudolph led the way in the 100 back, earning the State accolade for the second year in a row in a fast 53.73 to grab her second individual gold by three seconds. Lakeside’s Isabel Chien (56.36) and Leary (56.55) finished second and third, respectively.

Stanwood’s Jetlynn Hau got her hands to the wall first ahead of the rest of the field in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.97. Lakeside’s Allison Su raced to second in 1:04.33 while Snohomish’s Mieko Schwartzmiller took the third-place spot with a time of 1:05.98.

The meet concluded as the Bellevue 4×100 free relay squad of Rudolph, Jin, Delora Li and Wyzga won in 3:27.50 to secure their team title in meet record-setting fashion, over four seconds faster than runner-up Lakeside (Seattle)’s 3:31.64 followed by Lake Washington’s 3:32.71.

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