LONGVIEW - North Thurston advanced 15 swimmers to next week's 2A state swimming championships and captured the team title at the 2A District IV swimming and diving championships Saturday at Mark Morris High School.
The Rams scored 263 points, outpacing Mark Morris (248), Aberdeen (243), Hockinson (215), River Ridge (112), R.A. Long (64), Woodland (21) and Washougal (7).
“All 15 contributed their best effort to make our depth one of the prime factors,” North Thurston coach Jak Ayres said.
In addition to winning the district title, the Rams set a meet record in the 200 medley relay when Erik Solveson, Scott Harn, Cameron Peterson and Tyler Ridgeway won in 1 minute, 46.63 seconds.
North Thurston qualified all three relays to state.
Solevson had one of the top individual performances of the meet. He qualified for state in the 200 IM while improving his time by 3 seconds to 2:10.33.
River Ridge’s fifth-place finish was led by Michael Evans in diving. Evans won his second straight district diving title with a school-record dive of 329.60. River Ridge’s Nic Musselman finished third with 215.50 points.
Yelm sends 8 to state: The defending state champion Tornados qualified eight wrestlers for next weekend’s Mat Classic.
Yelm finished second behind regional champion Enumclaw (211) with 199 points. The top five finishers advance to state.
Dylan Hyder (125) and Marcus Crone (130) won regional titles. Hyder pinned Aaron Blaine of Hudson’s Bay in 1:09, and Crone defeated Hunter File of Enumclaw, 4-2.
Timberline will send four wrestlers to state – Dean Reginio (103), Josh Beam (119), Tyler Saichompoo (171) and Stone Hart (215).
Yelm girls second: Yelm scored 105 points to finish runner-up to Kelso (174.5) at the Region III girls tournament at Hoquiam.
The Tornados got six state qualifiers, led by Monica McMonigle’s 171-plus regional title. McMonigle pinned Ashleigh Rubash of Kelso in 47 seconds.
Rochester’s Liezl Mondoc, a defending state champion, won the regional title at 130, pinning Cassie Doyle of Hoquiam in 4:55.
Rainier got a second-place finish from Katy Dawson at 135, losing by major decision to Colleen Reynolds of Kelso, 10-2.
Tumwater 63, R.A. Long 30: The Thunderbirds gave up a season-low in points in cruising past the Lumberjacks in their opening-round district tournament game.
Tumwater next faces Black Hills, which upset top-seeded Hockinson, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at a site to be determined.
Tumwater took control with a 27-6 first quarter lead.
“It was our most complete game all year – on both ends,” Tumwater coach Curtis Medved said.
Kyle Warner led all scorers with 15 points and Daniel Hinkle had 10 for Tumwater.
Black Hills 62, Hockinson 47: The fifth-seeded Wolves upended the champions of the Greater St. Helens League to advance to the 2A District IV semifinals.
Anye Turner had a game-high 21 points to lead Black Hills, which faces Tumwater, a 63-30 winner over R.A. Long, in the semifinals Wednesday at a location to be determined.
Napavine 63, Northwest Christian 31: The Navigators, now in the losers bracket of the 2B District IV tournament, face White Pass/Morton at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Centralia.
Kami Bates, NWC’s leading scorer, was held to six points. Courtney Wagner led the Navigators with 10 points.