Hawk swimmers begin quest Friday for state qualifying times

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Mountlake Terrace facing off against Meadowdale earlier in the season.

Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

Several Hawks are competing at the District 3A Girls Swimming Championships this weekend at the Marysville-Pilchuck pool with hopes of strong showings and, perhaps, qualifying for the state meet later this month.

The district meet begins at 5 p.m. Friday with preliminary heat races; championship heats are set for Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.

Mountlake Terrace senior Riley Morgan has already punched her ticket for the state meet Nov. 9-10 at Federal Way in the individual 50 yard freestyle and the individual 100 yard butterfly. Morgan will use the district meet as a tune up for the state competition.

Hawk Head Coach Doug Kenoyer has high hopes for his top swimmer. “Riley will probably be seeded in the top 10 at state, and should be in the top three at districts in both the 50 free and the 100 butterfly,” he said.

Kenoyer also has high praise for a first-year member of the swim team, junior Sarah Willhoite. “She has only been swimming the butterfly for about a month,” he explained. “She has quickly become my second fastest flyer and last Friday she made the district time at the last chance meet. This is something that does not normally happen until someone has been swimming for several years.” Willhoite will join Morgan in the individual 100 yard butterfly competition this weekend.

Other Hawks swimming in individual events at district are senior McKenzie LeSueur in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle, senior Jessica Jamtaas in the 100 yard freestyle, junior Megan Bruce in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard individual medley, and sophomore Daria Jamtaas in the 100 yard backstroke.

Mountlake Terrace will also compete in the team relays at district, but will likely face some strong competition for the medals’ podium and the few qualifying positions for the state meet. Shorewood, Meadowdale, Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor are expected to fight it out for the district’s team championship and the three qualifying slots to state.

The Marysville-Pilchuck pool is located on the campus of the high school, 5611-108th St. N.E. in Marysville. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $4 for students with valid ASB card, children 12 and under, and seniors 62 and older.

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