State swimming: Day 2

It’s the final day of girls swimming and I’m here at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane finished third in the 200-yard individual medley in the Class 2A meet. Olympic’s Danielle Nelson was sixth.

Coming up a little later is the 100 freestyle with North Kitsap’s Serita Solis in the championship finals followed by Crane looking to defend her 500 freestyle title.

UPDATE: Solis placed eighth in the 100 free in 56.70, bettering her time from Friday’s prelims of 56.92. She’s a freshman so coaches always want to see improvement and she did that today.

UPDATE: Kelsey won her second 500 free title in 5:19.17. She was practically racing herself as she nearly lapped the entire field. Second-place finisher Madeline Gillman of Bellingham finished in 5:23.64.

UPDATE: The 2A session is complete.

UPDATE: The 3A session is underway and Bainbridge set a blistering pace in the 200 medley relay. The top seed claimed won in a time of 1:47.75 over Mercer Island, 1:48.45. The Spartans set a 3A meet record and the time was good enough for All-American consideration.

UPDATE: Top Bainbridge qualifiers so far include diver Shannon Engelbrecht, who finished third, Kay Sterner and Mikelle Ackerley were sixth and seventh in the 200 free. Sarah Grundman was eighth in the 200 IM.

UPDATE: Sarah Grundman and Kay Sterner finished 1-3 in the 500 free. Grundman’s time of 4:58.40 was a personal best. Also, Candice Rosen won the consolation finals going away in 5:12, which put her in ninth place overall.

UPDATE: The highlight of the meet for Bainbridge had to have been Shayla Archer’s surprise win in the 100 backstroke. Archer came out of nowhere to win her first title from lane 7.

UPDATE: Bainbridge finished third in the 400 free relay. The Spartans placed second overall to Mercer Island in the team standings.

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