Stress washes off Ramey in prelims

Contributing writerNovember 16, 2013 

As if the feat of defending her Class 4A state swim titles didn’t put enough pressure on Federal Way High School senior Kenna Ramey, she decided to kick it up yet another notch this weekend.

Ramey is in the midst of choosing between which of two yet-to-be-revealed colleges she will swim for next year. She will make her final decision Saturday night.

But if the pressure had a negative effect on her Friday morning at the Class 4A state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center, it was hard to tell. Ramey clocked the fastest times in the 50-yard freestyle (23.32 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (55.98).

“Swimming kind of gets my mind off of things,” said Ramey, the two-time defending champion in the 50. “When I’m out there on the blocks, all I’m thinking about is my race.”

Ramey clocked a career-best time in the 50, and she’s ready to handle her last high school swims before getting together with family Sunday to celebrate her college choice.

“I’ve had some stress on me, but I’m just trying to take (each race) one by one,” she said.

After finishing third her freshman year and second last year, Emerald Ridge junior Alana Pries is poised to take home a title in the 100 free. Recovering from a nasty cold she caught earlier in the week, Pries finished the preliminary race in 52.45 seconds, just ahead of defending champion Hannah Bruggman of Wenatchee (53.04).

“I actually felt pretty good considering how sick I was,” said Pries, who also will swim in the 50 free final after qualifying fifth in 24.01.

Gig Harbor senior and University of Michigan signee Carolyn McCann finished with the second-fastest time (2:06.91) in the 200 individual medley behind Richland senior Lisa Bratton (2:03.39).

McCann bounced back to grab the top spot in the 100 breaststroke with a automatic All-America time of 1:03.38.

“Every time I do the IM, the backstroke is my weak point, and obviously it’s (Bratton’s) strong point,” McCann said. “So I’m definitely going to be kind of looking for that. (The final is) going to be a fun race. ... I’m excited for it. (It’s about) working on your weaknesses, playing to your strengths and just racing your heart out.”

The Gig Harbor 200 free relay team clocked the day’s fastest time (1:40.31). The Tides also will compete in the 200 medley final (1:50.71) after clocking the second-fastest time behind Newport of Bellevue (1:50.16).

FOSS’ CHARD BREAKS SCHOOL MARK IN 100 FREE

In Class 3A, Foss senior Emma Chard broke a 21-year-old school record in the 100 free, finishing with an All-America consideration time of 51.04. She is seeded second in Saturday’s final.

Chard finished the 100 breast in 1:05.24, the third-fastest time of the day.

“She looked really great ... strong,” Foss coach Matt Wood said. “She’s going in (to the finals) confident. She’s going to go faster.”

In Class 2A, Sumner senior Madison Munger was fastest in the 100 butterfly (59.80). She also will swim in the 200 IM final after qualifying with the second-fastest time (2:11.85).

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