Since the Mercer Island High School girls swimming seniors were freshman, they have been state champions. This year was no different, as the Islanders captured the team’s fourth straight 3A state title on Saturday night at the King County Aquatic Center.
Mercer Island finished with a team score of 376, with Bainbridge in second place with 303 points.
The 200 freestyle relay team set a new state record, winning the event in 1:37.12, breaking the record set by Juanita in 2009. The team of Alex Seidel, Christina Williamson, Sabrina Kwan and Grace Wold didn’t even realize they set a state record after the event, according to head coach Chauntelle Johnson. She said the team though they broke a Mercer Island school record, but when they saw how excited their coach was, they realized what a big deal it in fact was.
Freshman Kwan, a member of all of the relay teams, won the state title in the 100 butterfly race, earning a 55.85 time. Her time was good enough to become an All-American consideration.
The Islanders 200 medley relay team finished in second place to start the meet on Saturday afternoon. Cailtin Cox, Leah Fisk, Kwan and Williamson swam to a 1:48.45 final time. Bainbridge won the event in 1:47.75.
Cox finished fourth in the 200 freestyle race, earning a 1:56.60 time, followed by Seidel in fifth place in 1:55.48.
Bellevue sophomore Kim Williams beat out Wold in the 200 individual medley race. Wold finished with a 2:01.87 time, while Williams hit the pad with 2:01.20 on the clock. Danielle Dieparine earned the seventh place finish in the event.
Kwan took fourth in the 50 freestyle sprints, while Seidel was sixth in the 100 freestyle event in 53.55. Kristin Hoffman finished seventh overall in the event.
Mercer Island senior Meg Lindsay finished in second place in the 1 meter diving competition, earning 392.85 points as a final score. She led the field going into the final three dives, but missed her first dive, opening the door for Kennedy’s Ashley Knox to win the event with 419.80 points.
Wold finished in fourth place in the 100 butterfly event, a race she won the year before. Wold’s final time was 56.45, an All-American consideration time.
Fisk finished in sixth place in the 500 freestyle race, finishing with a 5:13.99 time. Bainbridge’s Sarah Grundman defended her title from 2011 by winning the event in 4:58.40.
In the 100 backstroke race, Cox finished in fifth place overall, finishing with a 58.04 time. Dieparine was also sixth in the 100 breast stroke event, finished with 1:08.36 on the clock, while Fisk was seventh in 1:08.71.
The Islanders 400 relay team won the state title in the final event of the meet, when Hoffman, Seidel, Cox and Wold swam to a 3:33.41 All-American consideration time.
After the meet Johnson said she was proud of the team, knowing this is what they have worked for. She added the seniors felt especially excited, realizing how rare it can be to win four straight state titles.
Johnson was named the coach of the year at the meet.