FEDERAL WAY – Newport didn’t disappoint.
Nor did the individual stars at the 4A girls state swim meet on Saturday morning at King County Aquatic Center.
The Knights scored 232 points to defend their team title from a year ago. Wenatchee was second at 169.5.
Even better for Newport, the team won two of the three relays on Saturday. The Knights didn’t win a single event en route to the title a year ago.
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“Their goal this year was to win an event,” said Newport coach Eric Bartleson, who was voted the 4A coach of the year. “That it was in the relays, that’s a team thing. It feels good every time.”
Lorea Gwo, Maggie Pana, Maddie Rainey and Elisa Fang brought home the 4×100 relay title in 3 minutes, 34 seconds. That also erased the Newport school record of 3:35 that had stood since 1985.
“For us two to be on both relays,” Gwo said of her and fellow co-captain Pana, “it’s just nice to grow up together and share this victory together.”
Gwo and Pana have swum on club teams and in school together since they were 5 years old.
Richland’s Lisa Bratton and Gig Harbor’s Carolyn McCann posted the second- and third-fastest times ever for a 4A 200-yard individual medley in the championship final of the event — the third race of the day.
“I think that was the race of the meet,” Richland coach Kathy Piper said. “That was pretty nerve-wracking.”
Bratton won in 1:59.44 to McCann’s 1:59.56. Only state meet and overall record-holder Andie Taylor, from Skyline, has gone faster (1:58.23 in 2008).
“I wanted it so bad,” said Bratton, who later defended her 100 backstroke title in an automatic All-America time of 54.04 seconds. “I had to defend my title.”
McCann led after the butterfly, but Bratton stormed ahead in the backstroke.
“I knew I had to get ahead of her there,” said Bratton, named the Swimmer of the Meet with a record point total of 337. “Her breaststroke is so good.”
McCann did get a state record later, in the 100 breast. Her 1:01.33 eclipsed the mark of 1:02.00 set in 2008 by Peninsula’s Lindsay Marchand.
After the IM, Federal Way senior Kenna Ramey got her record. Ramey won the 50 free for the third consecutive year, erasing a 23-year-old 4A record in the process.
Ramey’s 22.96 seconds is the second-fastest time ever, regardless of classification, in Washington. Only Leona Jennings of Mount Rainier went faster, 22.92, in 2008 during the 3A meet.
“I was in shock,” said Ramey, who later added another automatic All-America time (54.23) in defending her 100 fly title. “That was my goal (sub-23 seconds) in this race. I knew it would happen, I just didn’t know when it would happen.”
Gig Harbor started the meet with an All-American consideration time in the 200 medley relay, going 1:47.52 to swap places with the top prelim time from Newport, which was second.