Liberty, Bellevue, Newport Win Washington Girls High School State Meets

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At the 2017 Washington Girls High School state swimming championship Liberty (Renton) High School won the 2A meet. Bellevue took home the 3A state title with one relay state record, while the team from Lakeside took down three state records. With a number of relay and individual victories Newport won the 4A meet.


North Kitsap’s Isabel HenrdyxClaire StoneIzy Iral, and Eleanor Beers won the 200 medley relay with a 1:50.06. The team also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:40.35 (names of relay swimmers were not yet available).

Beers’ anchor speed showed when she topped the 50 freestyle in 23.65, a half second ahead of the competition. She won gold again with a 50.99 100 free.

Naches Valley’s Ella Van Troba, a senior, stopped the clock in 1:53.86 to win the 200 freestyle ahead of Reegan Weber (1:54.35). Van Troba went on to win the 500 freestyle by nine seconds with her 5:04.46. Aberdeen’s Anna Weber claimed the 100 breaststroke state title in 1:04.40.

Abby Russell of Liberty raced to the 200 IM state title with her 2:08.74.

Three women cleared a minute in the 100 fly. Senior Kira Crane from Klahomya was first with a 57.95. Chloe Partsch (58.59) and Rylee Denney (59.36) followed. Crane was also victorious in the 100 backstroke with a 57.66.

With a score of 339.25 Kelsey Bassett of Archbishop Murphy won the one meter diving event.

En route to their team title Liberty won the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:40.10 (names of relay swimmers were not yet available).

Further results available here.


Bellevue High School won the 3A meet. Further team scores were not yet available.

Lakeside won the 200 medley relay by four seconds, setting a new state record. Amy TanAllison SuIsabel Chien, and Mengmeng Gibbs combined for a 1:44.58. It was a big day for Tang. The freshman also won the 100 and 200 freestyles, both in state record time. She touched in 1:47.93 in the 200 free, nearly four seconds ahead of second. In the 100 Tang recorded a 49.88.

Also a double winner was Squalicum’s Yanran Le. The Columbia University commit posted a 2:05.42 to win the 200 IM and a 1:03.18 to capture 100 breaststroke gold.

Janelle Rudolph of Bellevue clocked a 23.02 to dominate the 50 freestyle. She was also a double winner. Rudolph’s second gold came in the 100 backstroke with a 54.80. Her teammate Delora Li touched in 56.30 for 100 fly gold. The team’s Aneta Wyzga dipped under five minutes to win the 500 free in 4:58.50. Lakeside’s Nathalie Valdman (5:00.91) was second.

Freshman Kayli Kersavage won one meter diving with a 395.80, just ahead of Helene Synnott with 395.65 and Sarah Walsh with 395.50 points.

Su, Insley Carpenter, Valdman, and Tang swam a 1:36.70 for 200 freestyle relay gold for Lakeside. In 3:29.16 Rudolph, Rachel Jin, Li, and Wyzga were 400 freestyle relay champions with a new state record.

Full results available here.


The Newport 200 medley relay team of Jamie ZimmermanMadeline ChinGracie Wang, and Yulia Groysman came up just shy of the state record, winning with a 1:46.00.

Groysman was right back up on the block for the 200 freestyle. The junior won the event in 1:48.25. Also finishing well ahead of the field was Elli Straume in 1:50.04. Groysman’s teammate Samantha Baron added to Newport’s victory tally with a 2:02.71 200 IM. Grace Felner (2:03.45) and Christina Bradley (2:03.76) rounded out the podium.

The 50 freestyle was quick. Emma Carlton, a senior from Mount Vernon, touched in 22.58. Gabrielle Dang posted a 22.95. Both girls cleared the meet record, a 22.96 from 2013. Carlton also took home the state record, lowering the 22.92 posted by Leona Jennings in 2008.

Carlton came back to lead a loaded 100 fly heat. She touched in 53.37, just .27 shy of the state record. Behind her was Jazlynn Pak (54.92), Baron (55.18) and Shayla Markle (55.47).

Eastlake’s Kennedy Cribbs out dove the competition, scoring 425.45 points.

After her runner up performance in the 50 free, Dang got the gold in the 100 free with a 49.98. Just behind her in 50.06 was Bradley.

Skyline’s Sarah DiMeco posted a 4:49.11 to win the 500 freestyle, only four tenths ahead of Groysman (4:49.54). Mount Vernon senior Emma Frey posted a 55.04 for the 100 backstroke victory. Jackson’s Chloe Limargo (1:03.51) took was the 100 breaststroke champion.

Newport won another relay, and this time in state record fashion. Baron, Zimmerman, Wang, and Jaime Chen touched in 1:36.26.

Skyline and Newport broke the 400 freestyle state record (3:28.88), set by Bellevue earlier this year. Skyline’s Bradley, Catherine McRaeVeronica Stureborg, and DiMeco touched in 3:27.47, just .02 faster than Baron, Chen, Nguyen, and Groysman in 3:27.49.

Full results available here.

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  1. Chuck Kroll

    Congratulations to Newport HS Swimmin’ Women and Coach Bartleson!

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