There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.
After Mount Rainier High School junior Megan Kawaguchi won the 200-yard individual medley at the Class 4A West Central District girls swimming championships, Gig Harbor junior Carolyn McCann was looking for payback.
She succeeded, as Gig Harbor’s 400 freestyle relay bested Mount Rainier by 22 tenths of a second in the day’s most intense race at the Curtis Aquatic Center. The Tides completed the race in 3 minutes, 43.60 seconds, while the Rams were close behind at 3:43.82.
“It was almost like a little bit of revenge since she out-touched me in the 200 IM,” said McCann, who also broke the meet record in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.50. “I was so excited to win it for the team.”
Kawaguchi said that despite losing the race, she was happy with her season-best splits alongside McCann as the relay’s anchor.
“That was really crazy,” she said. “I figured Carolyn had just finished the 100 breaststroke; I’ll be good, but I think we were both tired and it just came down to really, the last five yards.”
Kawaguchi was ecstatic with her season-best performance in the 100 backstroke. She won in 57.96 seconds, and took the individual medley in 2:07.08.
Mount Rainier won the team competition, with 361 points, ahead of Gig Harbor (266) and Kentlake (240).