Sequim’s girl swimmers (4-2) continue to make strides into their last few weeks of the regular season despite losing their second meet of the season.
Port Angeles (5-1) hosted the Wolves on Oct. 12, for a 134-49 win but Sequim’s Head Coach Anita Benitez found optimism in her swimmers as many continued to cut times and keep positive attitudes.
Sonja Govertsen helped the Wolves win two events including the 50 free with a time of 25.70. She cut 2/10-of-a-second from state-qualifying time.
She and Sydnee Linnane, Sydney Swanson and Jasmine Itti also won the 200 free relay (1:52.21). The same relay team also took second in the 200 medley by cutting 1/10-of-a-second off their state time too.
Govertsen took second in the 100 back (1:06.32) while Linnane placed fifth (1:12.90). Itti also took second place in the 100 free (1:01.94). All three Wolves previously qualified for districts in those events.
Several Sequim swimmers made big cuts in their times too including Amanda Murphy who cut 17 seconds in the 200 freestyle (2:38.53) and 4 seconds in the 100 fly (1:27.67); Madeline Patterson cut 23 seconds in the 500 free (7:57.26); Quinnlyn Young cut 5 seconds in the 100 free (1:54.17); Eislynn Flood cut 7 seconds in the 100 breaststroke (1:44.51); Morgan Cariou cut 5 seconds in the 100 fly (1:141.31); Chloe McKay cut 4 seconds in the 100 free (1:17.64); Irene Stello cut 2 seconds in the 100 free (1:28.25); and Kaitlyn Davis cut 2/10-of-a-second in the 50 free (37.16).
This week, the Wolves finish their head-to-head match-ups on Thursday, Oct. 19, at North Kitsap High (6-0). Sequim has lost to North Kitsap four straight seasons.
After North Kitsap, Sequim will compete at the Olympic League’s Last Chance Meet slated for Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Port Angeles, for any girls on the cusp of district and state times.
The West Central District 1A/2A meet is slated for Nov. 3-4 at Hazen High School in Renton. Event winners, automatic standard qualifiers and others earning “wild card” berths qualify for the class 2A state meet, set for Nov. 10-11 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.