Freshman Furrer, senior McCann lead Tides to district title

Contributing writerNovember 2, 2013 

Anna Furrer’s plan was to dominate the competition by her final season of high school swimming.

She ended up being three years early.

On Saturday, the Gig Harbor star was the only freshman winner at the West Central District swim championships at Curtis Aquatic Center. She had state qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 57.50 seconds) and 500 freestyle (5:13.66).

“I didn’t expect to be this fast at districts or anything like that,” said Furrer, who also swam on the Tides’ winning 200-medley and 200-freestyle relays. “Being a club swimmer for a long time, I knew I could be this fast. But I’ve gotten a feel for it now, and I’ll know what to expect next year.

“I think that by my senior year, I’ll be able to do great things.”

A combined four individual titles by Furrer and senior Carolyn McCann helped Gig Harbor easily win the team competition with 402 points. Kentlake was a distant second with 225, and Curtis was third with 210.

“We were second last year, so it’s exciting to be on top of the podium,” Tides coach Mike Kelly said. “We’re excited to be going to state and trying to duplicate what successes we had here.”

Kelly said watching McCann and Furrer win was especially exciting. McCann won the 200 individual medley (2:04.95) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.97).

“One’s on her way out of high school swimming and one’s on her way in,” he said. “It’s kind of like an alpha and an omega — a beginning and an end.”


In addition to winning the 50 freestyle in 23.48, Federal Way senior Kenna Ramey broke the meet record in the 100 butterfly finishing in 55.27 seconds. The previous mark of 56.68 was set in 2002.

“That was really exciting,” Ramey said of her performance in the latter race. “I looked up at the scoreboard and it was my best time ever.

“I’m trying to set myself up to be successful at state by just going all out and having fun with it.”

Emerald Ridge junior Alana Pries won the 100 freestyle in 52.03 and placed second to Ramey in the 50 free (23.82).

“I was in a good place after the (medley) relay,” Pries said. “I went a 52-something last year, and I haven’t been able to do it again, so I was glad to get it back down.”

In the 100 backstroke, Kentlake senior Kyndal Phillips’ time of 56.84 bested defending district champion Megan Kawaguchi, a senior at Mount Rainier (57.60).

While Gig Harbor won the first two relays, Curtis won the 400 freestyle relay, finishing in 3:46.99.

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