Tumwater girls finish 2nd behind Mark Morris at 2A District meet

swimming: T-Birds reach state, Nov. 9-10, along with Capital, River Ridge athletes

Contributing writerNovember 3, 2012 

OLYMPIA – Much is known and assumed before swimmers even take to the water at the Class 2A District IV meet.

Any swimmer with a previously posted state-qualifying time will move on to state, and merely has to avoid disqualification at the district meet.

But that does not mean there are not personal bests to be had, or team scores to be tallied.

Mark Morris of Longview compiled a 30-point lead over Tumwater heading into the meet’s final event, the 400 freestyle relay, which would prove insurmountable despite Tumwater’s easy victory in the event.

“They have a lot (of) depth,” Tumwater coach Laurel Smith said of Mark Morris. “We did really good.”

Abby Sullivan won two individual events and swam a leg on two winning Tumwater relays to lead a strong performance by the Thunderbirds, including Tumwater’s 400 free victory. Anneke Stoker, Lorraine Hack and Alex Cumings also contributed to the relay win, in 3:44.6.

Capital won the one relay Tumwater didn’t to pace the Cougars’ third-place showing.

“We have an amazing team going to state,” Capital coach Burke Anderson said.

The top four placers in each district event automatically move on to the state Class 2A meet Nov. 9 and 10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Tumwater bettered its previous state qualifying time in the 200-yard medley relay in winning the meet’s first event in 1:56.9, with Sullivan (backstroke), Stoker (butterfly), Hack (breaststroke) and Kylie Otton (freestyle). The quartets from Capital and River Ridge also move on.

Gabrielle Godlewski of W.F. West overtook Tumwater’s Stoker, who had the best time coming in, to win the 200 freestyle in 2:01.75, more than four seconds faster than her previous best. Stoker was clocked in 2:05.16. Capital freshman Jada Pearson was third in 2:05.87.

Hack of Tumwater, already a state qualifier in the 200 individual medley, beat her previous fastest time by almost three seconds in finishing second to Julia Sanders of Hockinson (2:09.18).

In a good race in the 50 free, Hansi Willoughby of Capital (25.85) pushed winner Janae Miller of Mark Morris (25.65) to the finish. The Cougars’ Jenessa Schulte was third in 25.97.

Hack earned second-place points for Tumwater in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 59.36, just behind winner Sanders of Hockinson, who clocked 58.28. Capital’s Madeline Hoffman was third in 1:03.43.

Tumwater took a stride forward in the team scoring with a 1-2 finish in the 100 free, with Sullivan winning in a season-best 53.57 and Stoker touching in 55.52, also a season best.

Sullivan also won the 100 backstroke in 59.33. Pearson of Capital earned fourth place in 1:05.93.

W.F. West went 1-2-4 in the 500 freestyle, with Godlewski winning in 5:25.55. Capital’s Willoughby crashed the Bearcats’ party with her third-place time of 5:33.5, nearly eight seconds faster than her previous best.

Capital won the 200 freestyle relay, with the foursome of Jessica Eidenmuller, Pearson, Schulte and Willoughby turning in a time of 1:44.72. River Ridge was third in 1:48.27.

Among local teams, Black Hills was ninth with 74 points and River Ridge 12th with 35.

Tumwater senior Rachel Howard won the 1-meter diving event with a finals score of 310.4, and her sophomore teammate Annnie Senior finished fourth with 244.4.

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