I finally made it to the girls state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way (traffic!) and saw that Kelsey Crane of Klahowya was the fastest qualifier in the 500-yard freestyle in the morning Class 2A session.
Crane dropped a whopping six seconds off her seeding time in the prelim heat to post a 5 minute, 19.32 time. Madeline Gillman of Bellevue is second in 5:24.05. Crane looks very good in her quest for a second state title in that event.
Crane is also seeded third in the 200 individual medley.
Kingston’s Katherine Andersen had a rough day in the 100-yard breaststroke. Andersen, a sophomore, was disqualified in her heat.
Other finalists (top 8) include Olympic senior Danielle Nelson in the 200 IM, Port Townsend’s Rose Ridder (50 free), Serita Solis of North Kitsap (100 free), Tracie Macias of Port Angeles (100 back) and Carter Juskevich (100 breast). PA’s 400 free relay also made the finals.
The 3A session starts at 2:30 p.m., with Bainbridge looking to push Mercer Island for a state title come Saturday. The Spartans have 17 swimmers and will need all of them to make the finals if they want a shot.
More updates to come.
UPDATE: The 3A session has begun and Bainbridge’s 200 medley relay is the top seed heading into the finals in 1:49.93. Individually, Geneva Levy, Mikelle Ackerley and Kay Sterner all made the finals in the 200 free.
UPDATE: Sarah Grundman is the top seed in the 500 free and she is seeded fifth in the 200 IM. Sterner is also seeded third in the 500 free. All three of Bainbridge’s relays are among the top three for Saturday.
The 4A session is underway with Central Kitsap the only local school represented.