Pair of relays pace Enumclaw at state

Enumclaw High will lead the charge with two individuals and two relay teams into Friday and Saturday’s Class 3A state swim championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Preliminaries begin at 5:45 p.m. with finals slated for Saturday evening.

The top six from Saturday’s West Central District meet at Hazen High in Renton, and those who had previously qualified on time, made the cut for the state meet.

Enumclaw was the top area team, earning eighth place, with 71 points. Mount Rainier won the event with 279 points, followed by South Puget Sound League 3A rival Peninsula at 192. Sumner finished 13th with 30 points and Bonney Lake was 15th with 23.

EHS’s Greg Rufener will compete in Friday’s preliminaries in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He finished fourth at the district meet in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.60 seconds and sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.10.

Hornet teammate Pierce Beigh will also race in the 100 backstroke. He earned a sixth-place finish in that event at districts with a time of 1:02.76.

Both will also swim legs of the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. On the 200 medley relay, they will be joined by Shane Jackson and Josh Petersen. The team scored a fifth-place finish in the medley relay at the district meet with a time of 1:48.22. The foursome will also compete together in the 200 freestyle relay after recording a fourth-place district finish with a time of 1:36.56.

Hornets Travis Culp, Zach Petersen, Jonathan Stapf and Sam Horn will also make the trip to state as alternates.

Sumner’s Alex Eckstrom captured a spot with a sixth-place finish in the 200 yard individual medley finals with a time of 2:09.35.

Bonney Lake’s Jordan Crockett will compete in the 100 backstroke. He finished fourth at district with a time of 1:01.19.

Reach Brenda Sexton at or 360-802-8206.