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Category: Swimming


Winter state championships: All you need to know heading into weekend

Greetings. We hit the final weekend of wrestling, boys swimming and diving and girls gymnastics.

If you are planning on making a Tacoma Dome run, my suggestion – and it is a good one – have a plan. So few options to park around the dome, but so many options in the surrounding areas. So few good places to each inside the dome; so many good places around it.

* The TNT takes a look at the defining moments of Mat Classic in its 25 years. What a run! Sandy Ringer, of the Seattle Times, did something similar

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State boys swimming primer: Kamiak, Mercer Island looking to regain titles

Friday and Saturday, King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way

Schedule: Friday – 2A preliminaries are from 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.; 3A preliminaries are from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.; 4A preliminaries are from 6:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Saturday – 2A finals start at 10 a.m.; 3A finals start at 2:30 p.m.; and 4A finals start at 6:30 p.m.

2012 team champions: 4A – Stadium. 3A – Lakeside of Seattle. 2A – Sehome.

The skinny: Very rarely does a swimmer of Eastlake High junior Edward Kim’s caliber come along. And for a

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TNT Prep Zone, Feb. 1st

* Braxton Tucker joined Spanaway Lake’s 1,000-point career scoring club with his 27 points Friday, and the Sentinels edged Bethel, 59-58. Ricky Smith won it with his buzzer-beating shot. The Braves now play Emerald Ridge for the SPSL South’s No. 4 seed.

* With Tahoma’s overtime loss at Jefferson, Auburn gained a share of the SPSL North boys’ basketball crown with a 67-34 victory over Auburn Riverside. Because the Bears swept the series, Auburn will go into the league playoffs as the North’s No. 2 seed.

* The last time the two teams met, South Kitsap lost by 35. Not

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TNT Prep Zone, Jan. 17th

* Gig Harbor completed its first undefeated run through the Narrows 4A since 2009 when the Tides upended defending dual-meet champion Stadium, 105-81, in Tacoma in boys swimming.

Jackson Curtis overcame a deficit on the last lap to win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.89 for the Tides – a personal-best by 21/2 seconds.

And Gig Harbor won the 400 free relay in a season-best 3:22.40.

Stadium’s Logan Rysemus won his races in the 200 IM (1:58.70) and 500 free (4:57.92).

* In a matchup of Class 3A wrestling powerhouses, No. 2 Enumclaw eked out a 36-30 victory at No, 3

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Boys swimming primer: Stadium in good position to defend 4A title

Team to watch
Coming off its first Class 4A team title since 1954, Stadium is locked and loaded for a repeat run. First, it will have to get by Gig Harbor and Olympia in the Narrows League – but the Tigers’ returning depth (Logan Rysenus, Andrew Lackman) and the addition of Bellarmine Prep student Matthew Um put them on the short list of state favorites.

Dual-meet league favorites
SPSL North – Mount Rainier. SPSL South – Curtis. Narrows 4A – Stadium. SPSL 3A - Peninsula. Narrows 3A – North Thurston. SPSL 2A – Steilacoom. Evergreen Conference – Aberdeen.

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

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

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

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,

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Kawaguchi, McCann trade good marks; Mount Rainier cruises to 4A district swim crown

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

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