The frustration was beginning to build in Gig Harbor High School senior Carolyn McCann.
After coming up a couple of fingertips short in her two previous races Saturday morning at the Class 4A girls state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, it was time for the University of Michigan recruit to put the hammer down.
And did she ever.
McCann broke the Class 4A meet and state record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 1.33 seconds, repeating as state champion in the event.
“That’s definitely what I was shooting for,” McCann said of her record-breaking performance, an automatic All-America time. “I was getting sick of being out-touched ... It was fun the way it ended.”
McCann defeated Garfield’s Jocelyn Crawford (1:05.14) by more than 3 seconds, but it was all photo finishes for the Gig Harbor swimmer earlier in the day. Richland senior Lisa Bratton (1:59.44) beat McCann (1:59.56) to the wall to win the 200 individual medley. The two swimmers’ times went down as the second- and third-fastest times in state history.
“We both knew exactly how that race was going to go,” McCann said. “I knew she had a better backstroke; she knew I had a better breaststroke. In the end it came down to freestyle, and she got a hand on the wall first.”
McCann also came up just short while swimming the anchor leg of the Tides’ 200 freestyle relay as Gig Harbor (1:39.35) fell to Newport of Bellevue (1:39.26).
Newport claimed the 4A team title with 232 points, while Wenatchee was second (169.5). The Gig Harbor 200 medley relay team of Alana Ponce, Ursula Andren, McCann and Anna Furrer captured a state title in the first event of the meet, finishing in 1:47.52. McCann’s overall performance help lead the Tides to third place with 152 points, the team’s best finish in six years.
“(McCann is) right near the top with some of the best” who have come through the Gig Harbor program, coach Mike Kelly said.
But McCann wasn’t the only one breaking records. Federal Way senior Kenna Ramey recorded the second-fastest time in state history in the 50 free, swimming a 22.96 (automatic All-American) en route to winning the event for the third consecutive year. Her performance broke the meet record of 23.17, set 23 years ago by Mercer Island’s Megan Oesting.
“That was my goal in this race, and I knew that I could do it. I just didn’t know when it would happen,” said Ramey, who as of Saturday night had not yet made her college choice. “So today I just went out as fast as I could and tried to have fun with it.”
Ramey followed up that performance with a state title in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 54.32, almost 3 seconds faster than second-place finisher Kyndal Phillips (57.12) of Kentlake and the fifth-fastest time in 4A history.
After clocking the fastest prelim time Friday, Emerald Ridge junior Alana Pries finished third (51.97) in the 100 free behind Wenatchee’s Hannah Bruggman (51.76) and winner Marley Cross (51.71) of Garfield.
Richland’s Bratton, who also won a title in the 100 backstroke (54.04), edged McCann for the swimmer of the meet award. Hailey Kessler, a senior from Auburn, won the diving state title with 387.30 points.
CHARD NABS TITLE IN 3A
Foss High senior Emma Chard took home a state title in the 100 free, winning with a time of 50.17 (automatic All-American). Chard defeated two-time defending champion Anna Keane (50.48) of Meadowdale.
“I knew she was on (during warm-ups),” Foss coach Matt Wood said, “and she had the couple swims of her life.”
Chard, who’s headed to Boise State next year, added a second place in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with a 1:03.89. Bellevue’s Kim Williams won in 1:02.11. Mercer Island (296 points) took home the 3A team title, while Lakeside (279) was second. Foss tied for 12th.
In 2A, Sumner’s Madison Munger took home a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:00.51) and a third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:12.10). Steilacoom’s Sarah Burlingame (302.35 points) was fourth in diving. Pullman won the team title with 204 points, while Squalicum was second with 198.