Mercer Island wins SeaKing District 2 championship | Girls prep swimming

Members of the Mercer Island girls swim team, cheer on their teammate during the SeaKing District 2 championships Saturday, Nov. 9 at Mary Wayte Pool. The Islanders won with a team score of 263. - Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter
Members of the Mercer Island girls swim team, cheer on their teammate during the SeaKing District 2 championships Saturday, Nov. 9 at Mary Wayte Pool. The Islanders won with a team score of 263.
— image credit: Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter

The Mercer Island girls swim and dive team captured the SeaKing District 2 championship Saturday, Nov. 9.

"I'm really excited," said Coach Chauntelle Johnson. "We had some really good swims yesterday [in the preliminaries]. Hopefully, we'll have more good swims in the state meet."

Mercer Island finished with a team score of 263. Bainbridge finished second with a score of 231, followed by Lakeside at 218.

There were plenty of Islander highlights throughout the meet, beginning with the Islanders placing second in the 200 yard medley relay behind their relay team of Caitlin Cox, Sabrina Kwan, Sofija Raisys and Alex Seidel. Bainbridge took first with a time of 1:49.82.

In the 200 yard freestyle, Maeve Murdoch finished fifth with a time of 1:59.13. Leah Fisk placed seventh and Audrey Hixon finished ninth. For the 200 yard individual medley, Emily Olsen finished eighth, while Esther Choe finished 11th.

Sabrina Kwan finished seventh in the 50 yard freestyle, while Heather Robinson finished 10th, Rachel Hecker 11th.

In the one meter diving competition, Hadley Michaels placed fourth with a score of 316.95. Emily Lightfoot placed eighth, and Kayla Varney placed ninth.

In the 100 yard butterfly, Sabrina Kwan placed second with a time of 57.00. Alex Seidel finished seventh, and Emily Koksu came in 11th. For the 100 yard freestyle, Maeve Murdoch placed fourth with a time of 55.50. Sabrina Steinhauer followed in fifth place, Emily Olsen in sixth and Rachel Hecker finishing seventh.

In the 500 yard freestyle, Leah Fisk placed third with a time of 5:12.17. Angela Riggins placed eighth, and Audrey Hixon came in ninth.

For the 200 yard freestyle relay, Mercer Island came in third with a team of Leah Fisk, Sabrina Kwan, Rachel Hecker and Erin McAllister with a time of 1:41.23. They finished behind Lakeside and Bainbridge.

Caitlin Cox finished second in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 58.81. Alex Seidel finished fourth, and Kristin Jradi finished 11th. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Sofija Raisys finished ninth, while Michelle Na finished 11th.

And to close out the meet, Mercer Island won the 400 yard relay behind the team of Alex Seidel, Caitlin Cox, Maeve Murdoch and Leah Fisk.

Johnson said the Islanders will focus on getting rest and cleaning a few things up like turns and start times before heading to state. "They don't prepare for state in one week," she said.

"Our girls aren't feeling great in the water yet, which might not sound like it, but it's a good thing," Johnson said. "At this point in the season, I want them fighting and clawing this week and feeling good next week."

The 2013 girls swim and dive 3A state meet will begin with preliminaries Nov. 15 at 4:45 p.m. at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The 3A state finals will be Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The following swimmers were named to the 3A KingCo Girls Swim First Team: Caitlin Cox, Maeve Murdock, Sabrina Kwan, Leah Fisk, Audrey Hixon and Alex Seidel. Cox and Seidel, along with Carsen Harkins and Sabrina Steinhauer, were also named KingCo 3A Scholar Athletes.


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