EHS SWIM AND DIVE: Bonthuis dives to ninth place at state

Diver Erica Bonthuis closed out her senior year with the Enumclaw High team with a ninth-place finish at the state meet Saturday.

Bonthuis, a cheerleader and gymnast who finished seventh and 13th in the two previous years, was seventh after the eight-dive preliminaries Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the swimming side, the Hornets’ 200-yard medley relay of Bailey Sexton, Bella Davenport, Katie Larrea and Erin Wessel moved up five spots to 19th after the preliminaries. It was a good swim, but not good enough to advance to Saturday’s consolation finals or finals.

Coach Ann Bettencourt said it was the first Hornet relay team to make it to state since the 2006 season.

Larrea was the lone Hornet to earn an individual berth into the state meet. She raced into the 100-yard breaststroke with a state-qualifying time and a third-place finish at the West Central District Meet Nov. 5 and finished 22nd at the state meet. The junior was the first to post a state-qualifying time for the Lady Hornets also in several years.

The state appearances bode well for the Hornets. Larrea, Davenport and Sexton return to the Hornet lineup in the fall, along with state alternates Allie Larrea, Carlie Hinman, Jamie Ritzdorf and Carly Cairnes.

Mercer Island won the state title.


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