Piper Enge keeps shredding away in the pool for the Mercer Island High School (MIHS) girls swim and dive team.
The senior stalwart notched two more individual 3A state titles and swam on one winning relay at the premier season-ending meet from Nov. 9-11 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Enge also helped lead the Islanders in snagging their second consecutive state team title with 314 points, a 107-point advantage over second-place Bellevue.
Individually, Enge took first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.95, a 3A state meet and overall state record, and in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.23. Both are All-America automatic (AAA) times. She also anchored the triumphant 400-yard freestyle relay, which also consisted of sophomore Gracyn Kehoe, sophomore Meg Dahlin and junior Isabel Peng, in 3:25.93, another AAA mark.
In the All-America consideration time realm, the MIHS 200-yard freestyle relay garnered a state crown in 1:36.82 (Dahlin, Kehoe, Peng and sophomore anchor Hope Enge); and Kehoe grabbed a 200-yard freestyle championship in 1:49.91.
“The depth that we have and the number of kids that finaled yesterday on the podium in multiple events was incredible,” said head coach Chauntelle Johnson, who added that possessing immense depth is always the Mercer Island way to reap success.
Johnson noted that Piper’s epic breaststroke time places her at No. 5 all time nationally on the high school girls list. With that swim time, Piper — who was named a member of the 2023-24 U.S. National Team in September — also garnered the highest score in any single event in Washington state history, girl or boy.
“Everything was working for Piper yesterday. She is a phenomenal athlete and competitor, and getting a chance to swim at the state meet as a senior is something really special,” said Johnson, who added that Piper went 6-for-6 in notching individual state titles during her three-year career (there was no state meet due to COVID her freshman year).
After letting the experience soak in, Piper relayed her thoughts on the state meet to the Reporter: “I’m super grateful for the meet we had at state. Another team title is something we work towards all season and I’m so happy our hard work paid off. We hope to continue this streak into next year, and although I am sad this is my last year with the team, I’ve had some amazing moments with them and look forward to see what they can accomplish next year.”
The head coach described Piper as, “A senior that was really excited to compete with her high school teammates one last time” and leave her mark on the school program.
Coaching-wise, Johnson won her 10th state team title as a MIHS head coach, seven with the girls and three with the boys. Former MIHS head coach Frank Ceteznik won nine state team titles and earned a spot in the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame.