FEDERAL WAY – Before the 3A state girls swim meet ever started on Saturday evening at King County Aquatic Center, the WIAA announced that 4A participants earlier in the day had treated spectators to “three of the best performances in state-meet history.”
Whether they were or not, from the opening championship final swim by defending champ Bainbridge in the 200-yard medley relay, the 3A participants swam like they were slightly offended by the remark.
The Spartans began proceedings by lowering their own meet record in the medley relay from 1:47.75 to 1:47.44.
Two events later, Bellevue’s Kim Williams defended her title in the 200 individual medley, and lowered the 3A meet record to 2:00.64 from the 2:01.20 she swam a year ago.
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“I’m happy,” Williams said. “It was my best time. I just wish my best time was faster.”
While Mercer Island didn’t participate in the rewriting of the individual event record book, the Islanders continued to write their own book. Mercer Island won its fifth consecutive girls team title, shrugging off a solid preliminary day from Lakeside to top the Lions 306 to 279.
“I didn’t want to jinx it,” Islanders coach Chauntelle Johnson said. “Lakeside is such a tough team. Until the last event, it’s not over.”
The Lions closed to within 11 points heading into the final 4×100 relay. That gave Lakeside a chance if the Islanders faltered. Instead, Mercer Island won the event to secure the state title in 3:34.35.
Meadowdale’s Anna Keane also took note of Kenna Ramey’s 22.96 in the 50 free for Federal Way at the 4A meet.
“I wanted to beat her,” Keane said. “But 22 is crazy.”
Keane won the event in 23.20, but missed out on a victory in the 100 free as Foss senior Emma Chard won with an automatic All-America time of 50.17.
Marysville Getchell junior Brooke Wherley, who began diving in February, finished second in the diving competition at 359.25. Danielle Fruend of Southridge won with a 416.35.
The Pullman Greyhounds became the first girls swim team from east of the Cascades to win a team title in any classification since Eastmont in 1990. Lake Washington, last year’s champion, finished fifth, but got an individual champion in Nadia Popovici, who scored 329.70 to win the diving competition.