Despite recording their first loss of the season last week, Sequim’s girl swimmers continue to make strides towards state times and personal bests.
The Olympic Trojans defeated the Wolves 100-70 on Sept. 21, at the YMCA of Sequim. It was the third year in a row the Trojans won head-to-head. However, Sonja Govertsen helped lead the Wolves by qualifying for state in the 100 free (57.73). She previously qualified for state in the 50 free and two relays this season.
She and Sydnee Linnane, Jasmine Itti and Sydney Swanson also cut 1 second from their 200 medley time (2:01.22), which is also heading to state.
District-qualifiers continued to cut personal records closer to state qualifying times too.
The 200 free relay of Linnane, Itti, Govertsen and Meguire Vander Velde moved within 2 seconds of qualifying for state (1:50.88).
Itti also cut 1 second from her 100 breaststroke time (1:23.13) while Sydney Swanson cut 2 seconds from her 200 IM (2:34.86).
Several other girls made significant cuts in their times including Heidi Schmit cutting 4 seconds in the 100 breaststroke (1:33.79), Eislynn Flood 12 seconds in the 200 IM (3:33.96), Aubree Young 3 seconds in the 50 free (37.93), Aleah Chen 4 seconds in the 100 free (time N/A), Paola Villegas cut 8 seconds in the 100 free (N/A), and Irene Stello 6 seconds in the 100 free (N/A).
Other swimmers setting personal bests include Isa Benitez 1 second in the 200 freestyle, Vander Velde 1/10 of a second in the 500 free, Chloe McKay 2 seconds in the 100 free and 0.2 of a second in the 50 free, Claire Cronin 1 second in the 100 free, Amanda Murphy 2 seconds in the 100 free, Astrid Martin 0.5 of a second in the 50 free, and Sophia Barrett 1 second in the 50 free.
The Wolves took home five top-five finishes at the Swimvitational on Sept. 23 at Olympic Aquatic Club.
Govertsen bested her time earlier in the week in Sequim by swimming a 56.20 in the 100 free for second place. She also took third in the 100 backstroke (1:05.54), which is 0.4 of a second from qualifying for state. Linnane placed ninth (1:11.86) in the event to best her district-qualifying time as well.
The 200 free relay of Linnane, Itti, Vander Velde and Govertsen (1:49.82) took third place by cutting about 1 second from their time earlier in the week moving closer to the 1:48.50 state-qualifying time.
The same squad took fourth (4:10.71) in the 400 freestyle as well.
Other individual competitors taking top-10 finishes include Vander Velde taking fourth in the 500 freestyle (6:22.31), Swanson eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.25), and Benitez 10th in the 200 freestyle (2:24.90).
Looking ahead, Sequim is back in the YMCA of Sequim pool at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 against Bremerton (0-3). The Wolves have beat the Knights four seasons in a row dating back to 2013.