Wolves stay unbeaten, splash Redskins

Early on this season,

Sequim's opponents are all wet.

The Wolves took first place in nine of 11 events as they blasted host Port Townsend 106-58 on Oct. 2, running Sequim's season record to 3-0 in Olympic League action and 4-0 overall.

Rachel Hardy managed two first-place swims and earned district meet-qualifying times in both the 500 free (6:28.7) and 100 back (1:12.0), while Louise Showers earned a pair of district meet qualifying times, in the 100 free (107.2, first place) and 50 free (30.22, second place).

Sarah Keltonic also earned a ticket to districts with a 100 fly time of 1:16.9, topping her previous best time by four seconds. She also won the 200 individual medley in 2:51.5.

Rachel Hughes topped her previous 50 free time by four seconds with a 33.04 and won the 200 free with a 2:39.1 mark.

The Wolves got strong swims from new swimmers, including Autumn Kessinger in the 100 back (1:36.6, a personal best by 10 seconds) and Brooke Ansotegui in the 100 free (1:19.9, a personal best by 10 seconds).

Two days later, the Wolves got a taste of some top competition at the 25-team Mukilteo Invitational in Federal Way.

The Wolves finished 21st as a team, led by a pair of top-20 finishes: Hardy in the 50 free (27.09, 19th); Sequim's 200 free relay team of Hardy, Keltonic, Showers and Gianna Vennetti (1:57.8, 20th); and freshman Rose Hawkins' eighth-place finish in diving (163.35 points).

Vennetti took 22nd in the 100 fly (1:09.6) and 25th in the 500 free (6:23.2) while Hardy finished 24th in the 100 free (1:01.4), nearly a state meet-qualifying time.

Mercer Island won the meet with 511 points, with Marysville-Pilchuck taking second at 447.5 points and Bainbridge, one of Sequim's opponents this season, taking third with 410 points.

Up next for the Wolves is Port Angeles Oct. 9 at home; Sequim is at Bainbridge Oct. 14 and at Olympic (Silverdale) on Oct. 16.

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