Hornet swimmers compete at state meet

Divers Maria Blad and Nikki Wilson picked up team points for Enumclaw High, as did Bella Davenport in the 100-yard breaststroke, during last weekend’s Class 3A state swim and dive championships.

The state meet was staged Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Enumclaw was represented in eight events during the two-day meet, eventually totaling 14 points and tying for 24th place among the 35 teams.

Both Blad and Wilson survived the preliminary diving rounds and made their way to the finals, placing ninth and 15th, respectively.

Davenport was the only swimmer to make the finals, but she made the most of the opportunity. She clocked a time of 1 minute, 9.89 seconds to establish a school record in the breaststroke, eclipsing the school-record time she had posted a week earlier during the West Central District meet.

Davenport also had qualified for state  in the 200-yard individual medley, but her preliminary-heat time of 2:21.64 wasn’t quite enough to get her into the finals.

Katie Larrea had qualified for the state meet in two events as well, producing preliminary times of 58.09 in the 100 freestyle and 26.31 in the 50 freestyle.

Also representing EHS at the state meet were three relay teams. The 200 freestyle relay team consisted of Allie Larrea, Hannah Simurdak, Jamie Ritzdorf and Carlie Cairnes. Making up the 400 freestyle relay were Allie Larrea, Katie Larrea, Bailey Sexton and Davenport. Swimming the 200 medley relay were Sexton, Davenport, Simurdak and Katie Larrea.


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