Hornet medley relay races to 3A state-qualifying time

Right out of the blocks in the season opener Thursday, the Enumclaw High boys 200-yard medley relay qualified for February’s 3A state meet.

Thomas Petersen, Bennon VanHoof, Gabe Sales and Will Cooper posted their time with a first-place finish in the Hornets’ 106-77, come-from-behind win over Auburn Mountainview.

“We were behind after diving,” coach Ann Bettencourt said. “The team pulled through and got the lead back and continued giving their best. I relied on a lot of our freshmen in key events to win the meet and they did not disappoint.”

Jesse Skipworth won the diving for EHS.

The Hornets’ 200 medley B relay of Paul Clow, Bryce VanHoof, Quinn Warner and Braden Dedrick finished second.

Bennon VanHoof posted a district time with a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley and a winning time in the 100 freestyle, also a district time.

Petersen earned a district-qualifying time with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle. Petersen also cruised to the top spot and a district time in the 100 backstroke.

Cooper and Warner finished 1-2 in the 100 butterfly, both earning district times. Cooper also won the 500 freestyle with a district time.

EHS’s 200 freestyle relay of Dedrick, Sales, Dylan Hamel and Warner finished second with the teammates Skipworth, Mitchell Petellin, Brandon Butler and Jack Pugh third.

Bryce VanHoof took second in the 100 breaststroke, while the 400 freestyle relay of Cooper, Clow, Petersen and Bennon VanHoof won with a district time. The Hornets relay of Hamel, Bryce VanHoof, Pugh and Butler was second.

White River

Seth Rickard, Elijah Cory, River Cory and Kyle Smith posted a 2A district-qualifying time in the medley relay for White River High. The Hornets finished in  2 minutes, 10.27-seconds during competition Thursday with Auburn Mountainview in Auburn.