Federal Way — Every time Capital High School girls swim coach Burke Anderson thinks his team’s relay times are as low as they can possibly go, his girls go out and surprise him.
The Cougars’ performance Friday afternoon at the Class 2A state swimming and diving championships was the latest installment in their stellar season.
The Capital 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Jessica Eidenmuller, sophomore Jada Pearson, senior Madeline Hoffman and junior Jenessa Schulte clocked the day’s fastest time (1 minute, 43.35 seconds) at the King County Aquatic Center.
“We just keep emptying the tank, and there is more in us,” said Anderson, whose team trimmed almost 2 seconds off its seed time (1:45.11). “They always manage to find a little more.”
Seeded third entering the 400 free relay, the Cougars pushed it just a little harder Friday, finishing in 3:49.96, good for the second seed behind Pullman (3:49.26).
“They know they’re going to be in the hunt (for the title),” Anderson said. “(The girls) are amped up. It’s going to be a spectacular race.”
Although his girls are confident with their top time in the 200 free — 3 seconds faster than Sehome — Anderson said they know nothing is a given come the final.
“There is plenty of motivation out there,” he said. “They know that (the competition) is going to make them swim for it.”
Anderson has enjoyed seeing how the relay team has really come together this season. He hopes his girls can close it out in style with a state title.
“Each (swimmer) is a unique athlete,” he said. “They also each know what it takes to get the job done.”
Individually, Schulte (200 free), Pearson (50 free, 100 free), Hoffman (100 butterfly) and Eidenmuller (100 fly) made the top eight.
W.F. West sophomore Gabrielle Godlewski was fastest in the 500 free (5:24.12). She was sixth in the 200 free (2:03.77).