Mount Rainier’s Grace Felner recaps the 4A state preliminaries
Mount Rainier High School junior Grace Felner has a shot to bring home two individual state titles on Saturday, after qualifying with the top seed in the 100-yard breaststroke and the No. 2 seed in the 200 individual medley at the Class 4A state swimming and diving championships Friday at the King County Aquatics Center.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Felner said. “I’m not fully tapered, so I definitely went in with the mindset that these might not be my best races, but I’m going to try my best. I did, and I got really good results.”
Felner entered the state meet hoping to win the state championship in both events. She is the heavy favorite in the breaststroke, but will need a good showing in the IM to win both titles.
“The meet isn’t over yet, so we’ll see about tomorrow,” Felner said. “I’m just going to not think about too much and not let it get in my head and just have fun and try my best. This meet is all about fun.”
Elsewhere in 4A, Rogers sophomore Heather Hopkins leads the diving field after Day 1 with a score of 293.25.
Her teammate, Destin Clemons, qualified fourth in the 100 free with a time of 53.08, while Tahoma’s Hanna Weissman qualified third in 57.19.
Tahoma’s 200 free relay enters the finals with the No. 4 seed (1:48.6), while Curtis is seeded sixth (1:48.95). Curtis also has a No. 3 seed in the 400 free relay.
Curtis junior Molly Hickey also set herself up nicely for the finals, qualifying second in the 50 free (23.83) and third in the 100 free (52.76).
Emerald Ridge sophomore Lada DiMascolo is the fourth seed in the 200 free at 1:53.19. And Sumner’s Marin Wilson is the fourth seed in the 500 free (5:05.51).
In 3A, Gig Harbor freshman Shaye DiMatteo sits in fourth place in the diving competition at 263.50. Her senior teammate, Kristen Vorpahl, is in fifth (236.95).
It was also a good day for local 2A divers in the prelims. Fife junior Taylor Bloedorn is currently in first place with a score of 221.75. Steilacoom junior Julie Burlingame is right behind in second place at 221.70. In 3A,
Highline senior Emily Zacharias qualified second in the 200 IM in 2:11.88. Zacharias came into the meet with the top time in 2A this season. She also qualified fourth in the 100 back in 1:07.37.
Black Hills senior Rylee Denney qualified fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.57. She came into the meet ranked third. Denney’s teammate, junior Emma Prybylski, qualified third in the 500 freestyle in 5:25.07.