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Category: Swimming


Weekend schedules for district, league postseason tournaments


Westside Classic (West Central/Southwest District)
Today at American Lake Golf Course, Lakewood

Schedule (start of 5K races): Boys 3A at 10:30 a.m.; Boys 4A at 11 a.m .; Girls 2A at 11:30 a.m.; Girls 3A at 12:05 p.m.; Girls 4A at 12:35 p.m.; Boys 2A at 1:10 p.m.; Boys 1A at 1:40 p.m.; Boys 1B/2B at 2:10 p.m.; Girls 1A at 2:40 p.m.


Class 4A West Central District girls championships
Today at Curtis High School, University Place

Schedule: Finals begin at 4 p.m.


* SPSL 4A tournament at Todd Beamer High School

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Gig Harbor sweeps all but one event, repeats as Narrows 4A dual meet champion

Gig Harbor’s girls swimmers just wanted to have a good time in their final dual meet of the season.

They did just that – and won the Class 4A Narrows League, too.

The Tides’ torpedo of Stadium, 137-48, means they finish the season with an unblemished league record, and only one loss overall, to Metro League juggernaut Bainbridge.

“It was a real fun meet for us today,” said Gig Harbor coach Mike Kelly, whose team was also the 2011 league champions. “We had a lot nice swims today; people swimming off-events and not necessarily their best events.

“We just came

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Mount Rainier poised to continue 4A state-contending run in girls swimming

Feature link on Jefferson divers/sisters Shelby and Monica Church.

Top state-hopeful team: Mount Rainier, the reigning Class 4A West Central District champion, has not lost an SPSL North dual meet since 2010. The Rams have both star power (junior Megan Kawaguchi, Courtney Larson, Jackie Beal) and depth (46 swimmers out) to make another run.

Projected dual-meet league champions: SPSL North – Mount Rainier; SPSL South – Curtis; Narrows 4A – Stadium; SPSL 3A – Peninsula; Narrows 3A – North Thurston; SPSL 2A – Sumner; 2A Evergreen Conference – Tumwater.

Best swimmer: Ultra-competitive? That is exactly what Stadium High senior

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WIAA Fall Academic State Champions

A handful of South Sound teams have won academic state championships.

Boys Cross Country
Class 4A – Stadium, 3,760 GPA
Class 3A – Capital, 3.866 GPA

Girls Cross Country
Class 3A – Capital, 3.990 GPA (This was the highest team GPA in the state this fall season.)
Class 2A – W.F. West, 3.860 GPA
Class 1B – Mount Rainier Lutheran, 3.457 GPA

Girls Soccer
Class 3A – Auburn Mountainview, 3.788 GPA

Girls Swimming
Class 3A – Olympia, 3.794 GPA

Click here for the full list of academic state champions.


Prep Zone: Oct. 23 edition

What to watch today

The Narrows League’s best swimmers will gather at Foss’ pool for the girls league championship swim meet.
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Foss

Thursday’s highlights

In a Narrows League showdown of undefeated volleyball teams, third-ranked Olympia rallied for a 3-2 win at No. 7 Gig Harbor and clinched at least a share of the league title. The Bears won the final two games by a combined four points. Lisa Chulich led Olympia with 15 kills and 21 digs, while Jennifer Liedes added 12 kills and seven blocks.

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Bruised and battered? Free health clinic visits for student athletes

Apple Physical Therapy will open its doors from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Nov. 21 to injured student athletes. The clinic is located at 3912 10th St SE, Suite 101 in Puyallup.

Accordind to a press release, therapists and trainiers will be on hand to evaluate injuries and provide guidance on exercises.

“Our goal is to help student athletes get back to playing their sport safely and quickly,” Director of Athletic Training Josh Waltier said in the release.

Students with significant injuries will be referred to their primary care physicians for further treatment.

For more information,

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Sad News

Jena Heidloff, a talented club swimmer who competed for Graham-Kapowsin High in 2005 as a sophomore, died in an automobile accident early Thursday morning. Click here to view the story. Heidloff took fourth place in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle at the Class 4A state championships last year.

Heidloff’s high school coaches describe her as chatty, peppy girl who liked to compete. We just want to offer an opportunity for those who knew Jena to comment. Our condolences go to Jena’s family and friends.