Timberline High School’s Hannah Barker and North Thurston’s May Lawson-Rivera are among the local standouts who will be swimming in the Class 3A state swimming finals on Saturday.
The preliminaries of the 4A/3A/2A state swimming and diving championships on Friday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way yielded several local qualifiers.
Barker placed second in 3A in the 100-yard backstroke preliminaries with a time of 58.32 seconds.
“I tend to overthink longer races, but the 50s and the 100s I just go, go, go,” Barker said. “Prelims are great, but finals is the real rush for me.”
Barker also set a personal best split time of 52.58 during the opening leg of the 200 free relay. Barker and Timberline’s team (Becky Falash, Stella Mason and Elaine Rocamora) finished 22nd in that event with a time of 1:49.13.
“I saw great fight from my team,” Timberline coach Marie Ratcliff said. “We don’t have a lot of depth. We don’t have a lot of club swimmers.
“These girls work really hard. They do CrossFit, they do dry-land training. For them to make it here is a huge accomplishment.”
Lawson-Rivera took sixth for North Thurston in the 200 individual medley with a qualifying time of 2:11.71.
Olympia’s Lacey Wright placed seventh in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:17.07.
Wright also competed in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay and finished 15th (2:01.23) and 18th (3:54.64) respectively. Anna Daniels-Brown, Amelia Moore and Ally Norman also swam on the relay team.
Wright’s teammate, senior Ally Norman also helped lead the way for Olympia, swimming in four events. Her top finishes were 16th in the 100 back (1:02.41) and 16th with the 200 medley relay team (1:57.22).
Local standouts in 2A were Black Hills’ CeCe Pennella and Tumwater’s Claire Barnard.
Pennella and Barnard both qualified for the finals in the 1-meter dive. Pennella is the third-ranked diver entering the finals, with seeding score of 136.05.
Barnard is the No. 8 seed, with a score of 195.80.
The Olympian staff contributed to this report