Janelle Rudolph Drops 22.37 50 Free, 52.90 100 Back at Washington 3A State Championships

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The 2019 Washington Girls 3A State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Bellevue High School senior Janelle Rudolph lit the pool on fire, anchoring the 4×50 free relay in a blistering 22.22 as well as throwing down a 47.77 in the 4×100 free relay. The Stanford commit also broke her own state and class mark in the 50 free (22.37) and rewrote the record book in the 100 back (52.90).

Behind Rudolph’s stellar performances, Bellevue earned their third-straight team title with 303 points ahead of Lake Washington (263) and Bainbridge Island (203).

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Bellevue – 303
2. Lake Washington 263
3. Bainbridge Island – 203
4. Mercer Island – 202.5
5. Lakeside Seattle – 163

Bellevue began their winning ways as Iris Yang (26.35), Rylee Siripipat (30.07), Megan Lei (25.56), and Rudolph (22.22) opened the meet as champions in the 4×50 free relay in a combined time of 1:44.20. Their time broke the 3A record of 1:44.58 set by Lakeside Seattle in 2017 and was only two-tenths shy of the overall state mark.

After finishing second in the 200 free a year ago, Lakeside Seattle’s Nathalie Valdman found herself with the gold medal this year after winning in 1:48.92 as the only swimmer in the field to dip under the 1:50 barrier. Valdman then went on to dominate the 500 free for the second-straight year, winning by seven seconds with a final time of 4:52.80.

Rudolph dominated the 50 free for the second year in a row, splashing and dashing her way to a the state title in a quick 22.37. Her time broke her own 3A and Washington state record of 22.85 she set at this meet last year. She later led the way in the 100 back, earning the state accolade for the third year in a row in a fast 52.90 to break the previous 3A and state mark of 53.66 set by Mt. Rainier’s Leona Jennings in 2008. Both of those times currently rank top-12 in the NCAA so far this year.

Kayla Kersavage of Snohomish dove to first on the 1-meter board for the third-straight year with a final score of 438.80 ahead of runner-up Brooke Andrews of Mercer Island who took second with 402.75 points. Kate Leary of Roosevelt flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly after finishing third in the event last year, touching the wall in 55.02 to edge out the defending champion Hayes (55.11).

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 1:02.04 for the second-consecutive year while her teammate Madilyn Murphey took the top spot in both the 50 free (33.26) as well as the 50 back (40.16).

Lake Washington’s Amelia Hammer, who earned bronze in 2018, secured the gold in the 100 free after sprinting to the wall in 50.93, 1.5 seconds ahead of Bainbridge Island’s Xaveria Rodriguez (52.25). Rodriguez (24.38) then teamed up with Sydney Sorenson (25.27), Emma Solseng (24.03) and Hayes (23.40) to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:37.08.

Bainbridge Island’s Margaret Hayes cruised to first in the 200 IM, stopping the clock in 2:03.61 ahead of runner-up Siripipat (2:04.73). Bellevue’s Lei (52.82), Gracie Hackworth (55.19), Rachel Jin (52.90), and Rudolph (47.77) concluded the meet as they won the 4×100 free relay in 3:28.68.

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