EHS SWIM AND DIVE: Sumner, Hornets sprint into state

Enumclaw and Sumner high schools squeezed a few swimmers and divers into Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s state Class 3A tournament at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Diving preliminaries begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with swimming preliminaries scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Friday. Finals are slated for 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

Enumclaw’s Bennon VanHoof and Sumner’s Trent Powers earned the Plateau’s top finishes during Saturday’s West Central District finals at Hazen High in Renton.

VanHoof finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 1-minute, 04.11-second time. The freshman, who was already in with a qualifying time, raced to a 1:03.05 preliminary time Friday, .02 seconds from the school record.

Powers, a junior, earned his third-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a 23.02 time.

He will be joined at the state meet by teammates Connor Powers-Hubbard and diver Evan Quaschnik.

“What an exciting weekend of swimming,” Sumner coach Dana Powers said.

Powers-Hubbard, a sophomore, finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.50, a bit slower than his preliminary time, but good enough for a lane at state. He also will get a spot on the starting blocks of the 100 breaststroke. He was already in with a qualifying time, but Saturday’s sixth-place finish sealed the deal. He finished in a time of 1:06.00. His preliminary time Friday was a 1:05.32.

Quaschnik, a junior, finished ninth Saturday and had secured himself a spot at state earlier at the subdistrict tournament.

The 400 freestyle relay also will make an appearance at the state meet. The foursome, that features Powers-Hubbard and Powers along with Brandon Richison and Zane Gustafson, finished seventh at the district meet with a time of 3:35.03.

Powers also was 12th in the 100 butterfly.

For Enumclaw, VanHoof will also swim a leg of the 200 medley relay, which qualified for state with a fifth-place finish. VanHoof, with Thomas Petersen, Shane Jackson and Will Cooper finished with a time of 1:49.16.

Cooper was just shy of earning a spot in the 500 freestyle. The freshman, who finished seventh with a time of 5:18.34, was close to getting an allocation, coach Ann Bettencourt said.

Petersen and VanHoof were also close to qualifying with ninth-place finishes. Petersen’s in the 100 backstroke and VanHoof’s in the 200 individual medley.

The Spartans finished eighth overall at the district meet with Enumclaw 11th. Mount Rainier won the event with Peninsula second, Capital third and Kennedy Catholic fourth.

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