EHS SWIMMING: Hornets race to league crown

The good news Thursday was a 117-66 home win over Auburn Mountainview allowed the Enumclaw High girls swim team to sew up the South Puget Sound League 3A championship.

The better news – the Hornets will host the subdistrict girls swim meet Friday and Saturday at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center. The announcement to switch the meet from the Auburn pool due to mechanical issues came late last week.

Doors open at 2:15 p.m. Friday with preliminaries scheduled for 4 p.m. Diving takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday with swimming finals slated for 4 p.m.

Only the top four swimmers, who qualify from each school, will compete Saturday. Only one relay from each school will be scored Saturday. Eleven teams from the SPSL 3A and the Western Cascade Conference are expected. The top swimmers move on to the district meet at Hazen High in Renton Nov. 6 and 7.

The Hornets have been hard to beat at home.

Thursday, the 200-yard medley relay kicked things off with a first-place finish. Cassie Cook, Bella Davenport, Rachel and Suzy Holston raced to a 2 minute, 11.05-second finish.

The Hornets registered to a sweep in the 200 individual medley with Lindsay Bowden leading with a 2:35.57. Carly Hinman followed in 2:45.02 and Jamie Ritzdorf was hot on her heels in 2:46.89.

EHS also swept the 50 freestyle with Rachel Holston posting a 27.91 first-place finish. Erin Wessel was second in 28.49 and Davenport, third in 28.74. Emily Bonthuis won the diving with 153.75 points.

EHS finished 1-2-3 in the 100 butterfly. Lori Lamm won with a time of 1:21.39. Suzy Holston finished second in 1:22.11 and Rose Johnson, third in 1:49.12. Ali Ballard coasted to victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:31.46. The 200 freestyle relay of Bowden, Davenport, Hinman and Wessel won in 1:56.56. Davenport took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.28. The Hornets finished the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Holston, Wessel, Ballard and Bowden finished in 4:25.26.

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