Piper Enge just keeps swimming faster.
Close to a month after blasting by the competition in 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley at the 3A state meet, the Mercer Island High School (MIHS) sophomore speedster notched personal records in those events at the 2021 Speedo Winter Junior Championships West on Dec. 8-11 in Austin, Texas.
The Bellevue Club Swim Team member’s best finish at the junior meet was a second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.09), which was also a PR to go along with the 100 breast (59.83) and 200 IM (1:58.44).
As the 3A state swimmer of the meet on Nov. 12-13 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Enge grabbed automatic All-American times in the 100 breast (1:00.44) and 200 IM (1:59.92).
According to SwimmingRank.com, Enge, 15, is currently ranked first in the nation among 15-16-year-olds in the 100 breast and 200 breast and eighth in the 200 IM.
Heading into the junior championships, her 200 breast PR was 2:15.33, and her 6.2-second drop places her at eighth all-time in the 15-16 category, according to SwimSwam.com.
Enge made an impact from the get-go with MIHS this season, setting a school record in the 100 breast in her first prep meet in 1:04, breaking the former school record of 1:05.6. She swam a 1:03.3 two weeks later.
She qualified for state in all eight individual events and three relays.
Regarding her favorite event, the 100 breast, she told the Reporter in October: “I focused on it so much in the past that it’s so natural to me. It’s just really fun to race because the way you can shoot forward and just get after it.”