FEDERAL WAY — The Newport girls swim team finally accomplished the threepeat that has eluded them by winning the Class 4A state championship on Saturday morning, finishing nearly 100 points ahead of second-place Curtis.
The Knights just missed a threepeat in 2014, finishing a point behind Jackson and Richland, which tied for the title.
“The girls were focused,” Newport coach Eric Bartleson said. “I think they knew that they could do it. We had a little bit of a rough start yesterday, but they didn’t let that affect them and they came in and swam well.
The Knights were disqualified in the 200-yard medley relay Friday.
Bartleson has led the boys team to three consecutive titles at Newport, but this is his first time accomplishing the feat with the girls team.
“They’re a little bit different,” Bartleson said of the two threepeats. “I had a great group of boys coming through. I’m not sure the girls are done yet. We’ll see what we do next year.”
The group of boys that won three in a row was senior heavy at the end of their run, and though the girls will graduate several key swimmers from this year’s team, the group that will return should once again be a favorite next year.
Senior Samantha Baron didn’t defend her title in the 200 individual medley, finishing second to Jackson junior Mia Chang who had a winning time of 1:59.71. But Baron did set the school record, finishing with a time of 1:59.98.
“I was a little disappointed,” Baron said. “I’m glad that I dropped time. Place doesn’t matter as much because we have a really strong team. It just motivates me more for the offseason for club.”
Chang, who also won the 100 backstroke, was named swimmer of the meet.
Baron did win the 100 butterfly with a time of 54 seconds flat, an event she placed second in last year. The Knights had four of the top six placers in the event, which all but secured the championship.
Junior Jaime Chen gave the Knights another title in the 100 freestyle, finishing with a time of 50.12, another school record. The Knights also won the 200- and 400-freestyle relays.
Junior Amelia Girotto added a second-place finish for Newport in the 500 freestyle, finishing with a time of 5:05.06.
“It was pretty cool,” Girotto said. “I’m feeling a little bit sick this weekend, so my time is not what I wanted it to be, but I know that I can just keep working at it and the time will come when I’m feeling 100 percent.”
Junior Jamie Zimmerman added a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.26.
Baron, Chen, Girotto and Zimmerman all had great days for the Knights, but Bartleson said all of the girls on the team were needed to complete the threepeat.
“I’m blessed with some talent,” Bartleson said. “This is one of the few years I’ve had where there weren’t any alternates who weren’t swimming. Everybody swam. Everybody that was headed into the meet swam, either in a relay or individually, and they all contributed. That was kind of a great way to finish. It’s a team thing, and everybody has to pull their own weight.”
- Issaquah senior Isabelle Huynh won the 50-freestyle championship with a time of 23.65. Huynh also placed third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.01.
- Redmond sophomore Catherine Yu won the championship in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.61. Issaquah freshman Gillian Tu finished second in the event with a time of 1:02.37.