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SLIDESHOW: EHS SWIM: Bonthuis, Larrea and relay earn lane at state meet
The Enumclaw High girls’ 200-yard medley relay and individuals Katie Larrea and Erica Bonthuis will hit the water at the King County Aquatic Center Friday morning in the preliminary round of the 3A state swim and dive meet.
The medley relay of Bailey Sexton, Bella Davenport, Larrea and Erin Wessel finished fourth at Saturday’s West Central District meet to earn a spot at state. The foursome shaved nearly 3 seconds off their preliminary time to hit the wall in 2:03.91.
Larrea earned her lane at state with a third-place finish and a state-qualifying time of 1:12.39.
Bonthuis finished seventh in diving Saturday, but earned a state berth during competition earlier in the season.
There were several could-have-been chances.
Davenport gashed her foot Thursday during practice. She pulled out of two events, but swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay and the 100 breaststroke with stitches.
Sexton was edged out, finishing fifth in the 50 freestyle in 26.79.
The Hornets came close to taking their 200 freestyle relay. In an exciting at-the-wire finish, EHS edged Hazen and Foss for third place, posting a time of 1:48.35, but was disqualified for a faulty start. Foss and Hazen, with identical times, took the No. 3 spot.
The Hornets finished sixth in team points behind Hazen, Peninsula, Kennedy, Capital and Foss.
It was a good show for EHS in the consolation finals.
Junior Allie Larrea finished sixth behind Sexton in the 50 freestyle in 27.25. Wessel, a senior, was seventh in 27:15; all three dropping time from prelims.
Wessel also placed eighth in the 100 freestyle.
The junior foursome of Allie Larrea, Jamie Ritzdorf, Carly Hinman and Carlie Cairnes earned eighth in the 400 freestyle relay.
Cairnes finished ninth in the 500 freestyle in 6:09.90, knocking time off her prelim clocking of 6:12.79. Cairnes placed 10th in the 200 freestyle.
Katie Larrea was seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2:26.38. Freshman MacKenzie Bull finished 15th. Bull finished 11th in the 500 freestyle with a 6:19.58.
Hinman was ninth in the 100 breaststroke and 17th in the 100 butterfly. Senior Lori Lamm finished 18th in the butterfly.
Sexton finished 11th in the 100 backstroke. Senior Cassie Cook finished 14th in the 100 backstroke and Allie Larrea was 17th.
Junior Nicole Wilson earned a 14th-place finish in diving.
The Hornets will take Hinman, Lamm, Allie Larrea and Ritzdorf to state as alternates for the medley relay.
Bonthuis and Wessel also earned district scholar athlete awards for their 3.94 and 3.80 grade-point averages respectively. Scholar athletes are seniors participating on the team with a accumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher.