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In final appearance, Stadium’s Cann puts on show at 4A swimming championshops

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Nov. 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm with No Comments »
November 10, 2012 10:40 pm

The last of three siblings to come through the Stadium High School girls’ swimming program, Felicity Cann ended her prep career with a bang on Saturday night.

The senior captured two more individual state titles at the Class 4A state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, adding her name to the short list of Stadium greats that have won three individual state titles.

Cann put on a dominant performance in the 200-yard freestyle, leading wire-to-wire while clocking a time of 1 minute, 49.72 seconds, an All-American consideration time that ranks No. 6 all-time on the 4A list of 200 free swims.

She also captured a title in the 500 free, finishing with a time of 4:57.78 (All-American consideration).

“It was fun for me because there was already a little bit of a name for our family,” said Cann, who recently committed to swim at Boise State. “I don’t really look at it as a legacy. I just try to do my best and whether I do good or bad, all glory goes to God.”

She leaves Stadium the holder of the most school records and All-American times and one of the most decorated swimmers of recent school history, said Stadium coach Dave Baughman.

“I got to coach all three Canns (including brother D’Voreaux and sister Scarlet) in a row, and they’re all unique in their personalities,” Baughman said. “I will miss having (Felicity) around … and not just the swimmers but the whole family.”

Federal Way junior Kenna Ramey also took home a pair of state titles on Saturday. Ramey (23.44, automatic All-American) successfully defended her 50 free title, fending off Wenatchee’s Hanna Bruggman (23.68, All-American consideration) in a sprint to the finish. The junior also triumphed in another close finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.00 (All-American consideration), edging Cascade of Everett’s Kalena Laurent by .56 of a second to win her second state title of the night.

“It’s intense,” Ramey said of the close finishes. “I get nervous but my adrenaline gets going and that pushes me a lot. I don’t even know. At that point, all you see is the wall, and you have to go for it.”

Both winning times were personal bests for Ramey, who now has three state individual state titles in her career.

“It was a really good week for me,” she said.

In the 200 IM, Richland’s Lisa Bratton (2:01.53, automatic All-American) successfully defended her title, easily beating Gig Harbor junior Carolyn McCann (2:06.16) to the wall. But McCann rebounded to win the 100 breast — her first state title— with a time of 1:03.30 (automatic All-American).

Newport of Bellevue won the team title with 217 points, snapping Skyline’s run of four straight girls 4A titles. Richland was second with 183 points. Garfield’s Caitlin Chambers set a new meet record with a score of 488.20 in 4A diving, while Thomas Jefferson’s Shelby Church was second (355.30).

In Class 3A, Foss junior Emma Chard (1:05.68) gave defending 100 breaststroke state champion Kim Williams a run for her money, but Williams (1:03.49, automatic All-American) pulled out the win. Chard (52.14) also earned a third-place finish in the 100 free. Mercer Island (376 points) won the team title, while Bainbridge (303) and Lakeside of Seattle (194) rounded out the top three spots.

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