Ramey flies at SPSL meet

Staff writerOctober 27, 2013 

At this point in the season, Kenna Ramey’s main competition is herself.

The Federal Way High School senior not only won a pair of events at Saturday’s South Puget Sound League swim meet, but she broke her meet records in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Rogers Aquatic Center.

With a time of 24.06 seconds in the 50 freestyle, Ramey eclipsed her finish of 24.10 in 2011. Her butterfly time of 57.21 bested her mark of 58.87 from last year.

“I was just going after it and doing what I’ve got to do,” said Ramey, the defending Class 4A state champion in both events.

Ramey, who called her final league meet “bittersweet,” admitted that she hoped to beat the competition — and her records.

“I practice a lot, so it kind of just comes down to me getting out there and racing and having fun,” she said. “That’s all I really worry about.”

Despite being edged by Puyallup in the 400 freestyle relay, Curtis hung on for first place in the team standings, with 209 points. Kentlake (199) and Mount Rainier (186) rounded out the top three.

“It feels good,” said Curtis assistant coach Holly Arasim, who was filling in for head coach Mark Olson. “We finished strong, and that was a good race between Curtis and Puyallup in the end.”

Emerald Ridge junior Alana Pries also broke a pair of meet records, in the 100 freestyle (53.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.13), but said she wasn’t totally satisfied with her performance. Instead, she said, she preferred to treat the league meet as a warm-up for the West Central District meet next week.

“(The times) weren’t what I was hoping for, but I have districts and state to get where I want it,” she said. “I’ll be well-rested and trying to drop time in those events.”

Puyallup sophomore Mackenzie Mergel said earning state berths in the 200 freestyle (1:59.47) and 500 freestyle (5:15.94) was a relief. Last year, she received an allocation in the 100 breaststroke.

“I went into my events feeling really excited and determined to get my times,” she said. “It feels good to finally get it over with and be going to state.”

Other individual winners were Kentlake junior Laura Wiliams in the 200 individual medley (2:14.00), Mount Rainier senior Megan Kawaguchi in the 100 backstroke (58.96) and Federal Way junior Tia Thomas in 1-meter diving (350.50 points).

Puyallup broke the meet record in the 400 freestyle relay with a state-qualifying time of 3:44.94. Mount Rainier won the 200 medley relay (1:56.23) and Curtis the 200 freestyle (1:44.54).

NARROWS 4A

Gig Harbor’s McCann, ninth-graders dominate: Even after senior Carolyn McCann has gone off to the University of Michigan, the Gig Harbor High girls program should remain in pretty good shape.

As in the regular season, the Tides dominated the Narrows 4A championships Friday at Mount Tahoma. With 422 points, they swamped runner-up Stadium (265).

McCann was a multiple-event winner in the 50 freestyle (24.33) and 100 butterfly (58.78). So, too, were her freshmen teammates Ursula Andren (200 IM, 100 breaststroke) and Anna Furrer (200, 500 free). Freshman Alana Ponce captured the 100 backstroke.

Foss standout Emma Chard won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.64) and 200 IM (2:08.97) in the Narrows 3A meet. North Thurston clinched the team crown.

Staff writer Todd Milles contributed to this report.

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