Sumner Spartan swimmers to league, district events in postseason

Sumner High’s James Lee competed last Thursday during a home meet against the Olympia Bears. Lee was one second behind qualifying for league in the 100 fly. Photo by Ray Still.

The Sumner Spartans have been fighting against the current, having yet to win a swim meet this year.

“Moving up to 4A has been straight-out hard,” said coach Maari Bennett. “We have one club swimmer, and the other teams have several.”

But not everything is about the meet win, and Bennett said the eight freshmen on the team are working hard to replace the nine graduated seniors, and are improving their times at every meet.

While the season is young, several of the Spartans have already qualified for league and district events.

The 200 medley relay team, consisting of Zach Stockdale-Pederson, James Lee, Erick Johns and Chase Davis, are going to district.

Johns also qualified for districts in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke events.

Davis, Johns, Stockdale-Pederson and Alex Joy are competing in the districts 400 free relay.

Davis is also heading to league in the 100 freestyle and 100 breast with Joy, who has qualified for the 500 free, and Stockdale-Pederson, who is competing in the 100 backstroke.

“Right now we may be second in our meets but the Spartan boys are definitely winners and they know it,” Bennett said.

Sophomore Ethan Talley takes a dive during the Jan. 5 meet against Olympia. The Spartans dropped the contest 120-61. Photo by Ray Still.

More in Sports

Three Hornets sign with colleges

Cameron Bogard, Tyler Miller and Mikyla Olsen are ready to play at a new level.

Hornet water polo takes seventh in state

In their final tournament match, Enumclaw beat Bainbridge 7-2.

WIAA will use committees to seed prep football playoffs

Many coached weren’t satisfied with the traditional system that used district seeds and geography.

Area prep athletes receive all-league honors

Check out which local athletes were honored this spring season

White River’s Zaugg competes in state tennis

The Hornet player was ousted in the third round.

Enumclaw places fourth at judo championships

Tatiana Molinero-Ceras and Esperanza Aparicio-Gamez took first place medals.

Equestrian team again No. 1 in state

Lindsay Sogge created a new record in barrel racing.

Enumclaw’s Anderson, Carlson sign with college programs

Two Hornets are ready to play on the college level.

EHS qualifies 22 riders for state meet in Moses Lake

Rylee Geddes and Lindsay Sogge also broke a district record at the last meet.

Sumner’s Baines state’s athletic director of the Year

He’s been at Sumner High School for 18 years.

Spartan boys, Panther girls earn bragging rights

Dreakeanna Adair took first in both shot put and discus.