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.
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“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.