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Prep roundup: North Thurston swimmers advance to four 2A state final races

Records fell as the North Thurston Rams swam through Class 3A state preliminaries Friday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Junior Maya Lawson-Rivera broke her 200 IM record (2:11.57), set last week during districts. She finished with a school record and personal best of 2:09.74.

The Rams broke the school’s 200 freestyle relay mark, which was set in 2011. The relay team, Arielle Howell, Lawson-Rivera, Danielle Johnson and Brooke Kuebler, finished in 1:43.32. North Thurston could not verify the previous record’s time.

Lawson-Rivera was ranked fourth in the 200 IM going into Friday’s preliminary round, and with a second-place finish she is turning some heads.

“Maya has had a great year; she has really swam strong. She is a tremendous leader,” said North Thurston coach Jak Ayres.

“I’m really competitive person. During the 200 IM, I looked up and saw where Angela was and thought ‘Oh, man, I’m going to be slow.’ Then to look up at the end of the race and see that I ran a 2:09, I was like whoa!” said Lawson-Rivera.

She was referring to Kennedy Catholic’s Angela Gagliardo, who remains the top seed heading into Saturday’s state finals after finishing five seconds (2:04.20) ahead of Lawson-Rivera.

North Thurston swimmers will race in four state finals races: The 200 freestyle relay team qualified by placing sixth; Lawson-Rivera’s performance in the 200 IM earned her a spot and she tied for third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.49, and the 200 medley relay team, which featured Howell, Lawson-Rivera, Lawson Johnson and Kuebler, finished seventh in 1:53.88.

Capital High School placed ninth in the 200 medley relay as Alexa Nooney, Olivia Young, Shelvey Swett and Jada Pearson finished in 1:55.96. The Cougars also placed 14th in the 200 freestyle relay as Cynthia Czikall, Hannah Heard, Katherine Lane and Tegan Miscone finished at 1:44.17.

In 4A, Timberline’s all-star sophomore, Hannah Barker, took the 500-yard freestyle by storm, dominating within her heat at 5:08.92. Barker came into Friday night’s preliminary as the 4A third seed for the 500-yard freestyle, and she took fourth.

In 2A, Tumwater’s Kylie Otton qualified for Saturday’s consolation finals. She took 13th place in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 1:05.38. The team of Hope Roethke, Nicole Howard, Otton and Kali Teal placed ninth in the 200 medley relay at 2:18.00.

CeCe Pennella will be competing in the constellation finals Saturday as she placed 12th during the diving semifinals. Pennella scored 193.95 for Black Hills, giving her a combined score of 314.5.

2A girls soccer state quarterfinals

Black Hills topped Highline, 6-4, on Tuesday to enter the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

Black Hills’ all-time leading scorer, Joslin Lindsay, netted five goals for the Wolves.

Black Hills (15-5) will play Squalicum (20-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Civic Stadium in Bellingham.

The Storm is the defending 2A state champion, and hasn’t lost a match since Nov. 22, 2013, when it fell in a state semifinal to Bellingham.

Staff writer Lauren Smith contributed to this report.

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