WIAA STATE GIRLS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way
2016 team champions:
4A – Skyline.
3A – Lakeside of Seattle.
2A – Liberty of Issaquah.
Returning individual champions:
4A – Chloe Limargo, Jackson, sr. (200 medley relay); Alexis Nims, Jackson, sr. (200 medley relay); Sarah DiMeco, Skyline, jr. (200 free, 500 free, 400 free relay); Gabrielle Dang, Northcreek, jr. (50 free, 100 free); Emma Carlton, Mount Vernon, sr. (100 butterfly); Song-Nhi Vo, Kamiak, jr. (200 free relay); Elli Straume, Kamiak, soph. (200 medley relay); Emma Frey, Mount Vernon, sr. (100 backstroke); Catherine McRae, Skyline, jr. (400 medley relay); Christina Bradley, Skyline, jr. (400 medley relay)
3A - Nathalie Valdman Lakeside of Seattle, soph. (200 free relay); Janelle Rudolph, Bellevue, so. (50 free, 100 backstroke, 400 free relay); Aneta Wyzga, Bellevue, jr. (400 free relay); Rachel Jin Bellevue, soph. (400 free realy)
2A – Kenzie Johnson, Port Angeles, soph. (200 medley relay); Nadia Cole, Port Angeles, soph. (200 medley relay); Felicia Che, Port Angeles, soph. (200 medley relay); Krista Wilson, Ellensburg, sr. (200 free, 500 free); Abby Russell, Liberty, sr. (200 IM, 200 free relay); Eleanor Beers, North Kitsap, so. (50 free, 100 free, 400 free relay); Chloe Weber, Liberty of Renton, jr. (200 free relay); Reagan Weber, Liberty of Renton, jr. (200 free relay); Isabel Hendryx, North Kitsap, jr. (400 free relay)
Friday – 3A preliminaries from 9:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; 4A preliminaries from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 2A preliminaries from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday – 3A finals from 9:25 a.m.-11:55 a.m.; 4A finals from 2:20 p.m.-4:50 p.m.; 2A finals from 7:10 p.m.-9:40 p.m.
4A – Another Lopez-Silvers is making her way up the swimming ranks for Curtis. Leigh, a freshman, is hoping to pick up where sister Willow left off. Curtis also has another young swimmer in Emily VanZonneveld, a sophomore whose best qualification came in the 100 yard backstroke. Making their last trip to the state finals are Puyallup’s Kacey Kiuchi and Sumner’s Mikaela Miele. Miele has the sixth best 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle times coming into the state prelims; and Kiuchi has the fourth best 100 backstroke time and eighth best 200 individual medley time.
3A – The 3A finals have the best chance of seeing new champions as there are only four returners from last year. Janelle Rudolph of Bellevue comes in with the best time on the 50 free (23.40) and the 100 back (55.56), and hopes to defend her meet records in the 400 free relay as well. Megan Hanson of Gig Harbor and Meghann McLaughlin of Stadium are two local swimmers trying to find their spot as well. Both Hanson and McLaughlin are in the top eight qualified in the 200 freestyle, while McLaughlin is eight in the 500 freestyle and Hanson is 17th in the 100 freestyle.
2A – Elanor Beers is a young swimmer from North Kitsap who, as a freshman, won three different events and set a meet record in the 100 free at 50.98. This year, she is only competing in the 50 free and 100 free where Hailey Grotte of La Center is hoping to giver Beers a run for her money. Grotte has the best qualified time in both events. Both swimmers should be on the lookout for Rachel and Emily Forbes of Steilacoom. The sisters have the seventh and eighth best times for the 50 freestyle, respectively. Rachel has the seventh best time for the 100 freestyle and Emily has the ninth.
Tickets: Single-day tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior citizens. Tournament passes are $18 for adults, $14 for students/senior citizens.