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State girls swimming primer: Richland trying to make 4A history

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2012 at 8:56 am with No Comments »
November 8, 2012 8:56 am

STATE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
At King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way

Schedule: For 2A – preliminaries are Friday from 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., and finals are Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For 3A – preliminaries are Friday from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and finals are Saturday from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. For 4A – preliminaries are Friday from 6:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m., and finals are Saturday from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Tickets: Single day is $9 for adults, $7 for children and senior citizens. Tournament passes are $15 for adults, $10 for children and senior citizens.

Storylines: 4A – A bit of history can be made Saturday if pre-meet favorite Richland goes on and wins the team title. It would be the first time an east-side school captures a large-school classification crown. And led by defending 200 Individual Medley champion Lisa Bratton, who is the top seed in two events (200 IM, 100 backstroke), do not put in past the Bombers. Richland has a top-three time in six events. In fact, the only time an east-side school won a girls’ swimming title was Eastmont (1989-90). Skyline is the four-time defending champion, and should still be a factor. … Stadium’s Felicity Cann will not defend her 100 free title this weekend, instead opting to go in the 200 and 500 free. She has the top mark in the 500 free (5:06.96) by 31/2 seconds. … Gig Harbor’s Carolyn McCann will be tough to deal with in the 100 breaststroke – a race in which defending champion Sage Speak, of Inglemoor, is around. McCann’s top time of 1:03.50 is tops by four seconds. … Federal Way’s Kenna Ramey, the reigning 50 free champion, comes in the with the fastest mark of 23.98. … Looking for a meet record to fall? Try 1-meter diving where Garfield’s Caitlin Chambers (475.55 points) should threaten the mark of 473.30, set by Issaquah’s Jesse Snowden in 2005. 3A – Mercer Island is deep, talented and poised to capture its fifth consecutive team title in a row, which has never been done in 3A. Bellevue also won four consecutive championships from 2001-04. … Foss High’s Emma Chard is a multiple-event threat to win state titles – in the 100 free (52.15, trails Mead’s Anna Keane at 52.11) and 100 breast (1:06.25, trails Bellevue’s Kim Williams at 1:04.55). 2A – Tumwater is a real threat for a podium finish behind standout Abby Sullivan, who is No. 1 in the 100 back (59.33) and leads off the Thunderbirds’ state-leading 400 free relay (3:44.60). Sullivan is also right behind Ellensburg’s Taylor Wilson in the 100 free, 53.39 to 53.57. … Fife’s Meredith Sawer is the second seed in the 100 breast at 1:08.91.

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