Mercer Island almost sweeps meet against Newport | Girls prep swimming

Julie Baker tackles the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay during the Islanders meet against Newport at the Beach Club on Tuesday, Sept. 11 - Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter
Julie Baker tackles the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay during the Islanders meet against Newport at the Beach Club on Tuesday, Sept. 11
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

During a non-conference meet between 3A powerhouse Mercer Island and 4A rival Newport, the Islanders almost earned a sweep, finishing in the top spot in all events but one. The Islanders won the meet 119-67.

The afternoon at the Mercer Island Beach Club began with Cailtin Cox, Grace Wold, Sabrina Kwan and Alex Seidel winning the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.31, 4A state qualifying time. In the next event, the 200 freestyle race, Danielle Deiparine took first with another state qualifing time in 1:59.71. Teammate Leah Fisk was third with a 2:02.47 time.

In the 200 individual medley event, Cox earned her second first place finish of the day, taking the spot with a 2:13.76 time. Kwan finished in fourth with a 2:17.68 time.

Newport’s only individual win of the afternoon came in the 50-yard freestyle sprint, when Lorea Gwo finished in 25:19, 4A state qualifying time. Seidel was close in second with a 25.62 finish. Christina Williamson took third in 26.27.

Senior Meg Lindsay won the diving competition with a score of 217.30, while Hadley Michaels finished in fourth place for the Islanders.

Masami Cookson won the 100-yard butteryfly event, racing to a 1:02.29 finish. Maddie Larkin took fourth in the event, while Lindsay White was fifth in 1:07.17.

Wold picked up a second win of the meet in the 100 freestyle event, winning in 54.56 time, while Cox was third and Emily Olsen finished fourth. Wold would go on to win her third event of the meet in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 59.89, while Seidel was second and Sabrina Steinhauer was fifth.

During the marathon 500 freestyle race, Deiparine took first, finishing with a 3A state qualifying time of 5:22.73. Teammate Larkin was third and Kristin Hoffman took fourth in the event.

Mercer Island’s 200 freestyle relay team of Kwan, Olsen, Williamson and Deiparine took first with a 1:45.06 state qualiftying time, while the team of Margaret Seaton, Fisk, Andrea Hatsukami and Kira Godfred wree third in 1:47.60.

Fisk earned an individual win in the 100 breaststroke race, finishing in 1:11.42, while Angela Riggins was fourth and Michelle Na was fifth.

In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, the Islander team of Wold, Seidel, Deiparine and Kwan took first in 3:44.38, another state qualifying time, while the team of Olsen, Williamson, Hoffman and Cox were second in 3:46.22.

A portion of the team will be traveling to Chandler, Az., near Phoenix, for the Wolves Classic Invitational meet on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Grace Wold swims the 200 medley relay race during the Island meet against Newport.


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