FEDERAL WAY — There was no disputing the Capital High girls relay team gave everything it had left in the tank.
In the end, the Cougars had to settle for a single 200-yard freestyle relay title on Saturday afternoon at the Class 2A state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center.
But nobody was complaining.
“They did what they needed to do,” Capital coach Burke Anderson said. “They got (the 200 free title) ... convincingly.”
The team of junior Jenessa Schulte, sophomore Jada Pearson, senior Madeline Hoffman and junior Jessica Eidenmuller finished the 200 free relay with a time of 1 minute, 43.47 seconds. The time was fourth fastest in the 2A history. Sehome was second, finishing in 1:45.69.
“I’m just really happy on my senior year I got to take care of these girls all the way to first place and be a part of it,” Hoffman said. “It was a really great way to end my senior year. They totally blew it out of the water.”
The Cougars had a chance for a second title in the 400 free relay — the final event of the meet — and even held the lead briefly during the third leg. But Pullman (3:45.15) and Ellensburg (3:45.73) came on strong during the final 50 yards to pull out a 1-2 finish, respectively. Capital finished third with a time of 3:48.06.
“These girls swam their best times, and that’s all we can ask for,” Anderson said. “The rest of it is out of our control.”
Pullman had a lot to swim for. A second-place finish in the relay would have dropped them into a tie for the 2A team title with Squalicum. Instead, the Greyhounds won the team title with 204 points, while Squalicum was second with 198 points. Capital finished seventh with 141 points.
“I wanted the girls to walk out of here with an awesome experience,” Anderson said. “I just wanted them to walk away with an amazing experience, knowing that they gave it their best.”
Individually, Pearson finished fourth in the 50 freestyle final, finishing with a time of 25.75. She also finished eighth (57.31) in the 100 freestyle final. Schulte placed eighth in the 200 free with a time of 2:04.63.
Elsewhere in 2A, W.F. West sophomore Gabrielle Godlewski (5:20.86) came up just short in the 500 freestyle, losing a sprint to the wall to Ellensburg’s Alia Malella (5:20.60). Godlewski also logged a fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle, clocking a 2:02.41.
In 4A, Olympia’s Sarah Norman tied for ninth (59.60) in the 100 butterfly.