• Tue Jan 27th, 2009 3:20am
  • Sports

Plateau grads suit up for Western

Two Plateau athletes took part in a Northwest Division collegiate water polo tournament Saturday and Sunday hosted by the University of Washington at Curtis High.

Elise Averill, a 2005 graduate from Enumclaw High, and Sarah Henneford, a 2005 graduate from Sumner High, are captains on the Western Washington University women’s water polo team. Averill and Henneford both played for their high school teams for four years and were high school team captains during their senior seasons.

The Vikings from WWU finished the tournament with two wins and two losses.

Saturday, WWU started the tournament with a loss to the University of Washington “A” team, 11-9, but won the following two games – a 14-3 victory over Western Oregon and a 17-6 win over the UW “B” team. Sunday, the Vikings lost to the perennial division champion University of Oregon “A” team, 18-4.

The Northwest Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association has seven women’s teams competing.

The teams will take part in another tournament hosted by the UW Feb. 21 and 22 at Curtis High. The Viking women will also take part in a club tournament at the King County Aquatic Center Feb. 7 and 8, hosted by the USA Water Polo club team Seattle Otters, and a nonleague collegiate tournament in Las Vegas, hosted by the UW April 11 and 12.

Swartz scores big for Seattle Pacific

Sumner High graduate and Seattle Pacific University senior Brianna Schwartz was the Falcon’s top finisher in the bars and beam Friday, placing third in the all-around to lead Seattle Pacific to a season-high score of 189.00 and a third-place finish in a tri-meet at San Jose State.

Boise State overtook the host Spartans during the final rotation. The 23rd-ranked Broncos recorded a winning score of 193.90 and San Jose State had a 193.70-point second-place tally.

Schwartz scored 9.50 in the bars and 9.60 in the beam. Schwartz rounded out her all-around total with scores of 9.60 in the vault and 9.675 in the floor.

The SPU gymnasts return home to Brougham Pavilion, hosting San Jose State at 8 p.m. Saturday.