Girls swimming: Wolves remain undefeated, making state times

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:30am
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Olympic League standings

Team Lg. Over.

North Kitsap 2-0 2-0

Port Angeles 2-0 2-0

Sequim 2-0 2-0

Kingston 1-1 1-1

Olympic 0-1 0-1

Port Townsend 0-1 0-1

Bremerton 0-2 0-2

Klahowya 0-2 0-2

Two meets in, and the Wolves’ girls swimming squad (2-0) already has several teammates qualifying for the 2A state meet.

Sequim opened its season and a five-meet home stand with big wins over Port Townsend (0-1 overall), 100-67, on Sept. 12, and Kingston (1-1 in the Olympic League and 1-1 overall), 111-58, on Sept. 14.

Sequim coach Anita Benitez said Sequim saw swimmers qualify for districts in 11 events at the first meet followed by one relay team and an individual swimmer qualifying for the 2A state meet and three more relay teams qualifying for districts at the second meet.

Against Kingston, the 200 medley relay team of Sonja Govertsen, Sydney Swanson, Sydnee Linnane and Jasmine Itti swam a 2:01.54 to make it under the 2:02 state qualifying time.

Govertsen also qualified in the 50 free swimming a 26.01 (26.20 to qualify) and she’s one-hundredth of a second (1:04.31) from making state in the 100 butterfly. She also qualified for districts against Port Townsend in backstroke swimming to 1:07.17.

Linnane, Govertsen and Meguire Vander Velde also cut one second from their 200 free relay (1:51.07) against Kingston to move within about 3 seconds of a state time.

Sequim’s second 200 free team of Annabelle Armstrong, Amanda Murphy, Ana Benitez and Heidi Schmitt made districts (2:07.97) against Kingston while Benitez, Schmitt, Swanson, Vander Velde also made districts in the 400 free relay (4:24.71).

See photos from the Kingston meet here.

In the first meet against the Redhawks, Itti qualified for districts in the 100 free (1:01.62), 100 breaststroke (1:24.67), Linnane in the 50 free (27.62) and 100 free (1:05.6), and Vander Velde in the 500 free (6:14.35).

Looking ahead

Sequim is back in the YMCA of Sequim pool at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 against Olympic (0-1 overall), Sept. 28 against Bremerton (0-2) and Oct. 5 against Klahowya (0-2). In head-to-head match-ups, Sequim lost to Olympic 86-84 in 2016, 91-61 in 2015, but won in 2014 100-80.

Heidi Schmitt earns a district meet-qualifying time in the 200 free of 2:32.52, in Sequim’s win against Kingston on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sonja Govertson competes in the 100 butterfly as Sequim takes on Kingston on Sept. 14 in Sequim. Govertson finished in 1:04.31, about one-one hundredth of a second from a state meet-qualifying mark. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sonja Govertson competes in the 100 butterfly as Sequim takes on Kingston on Sept. 14 in Sequim. Govertson finished in 1:04.31, about one-one hundredth of a second from a state meet-qualifying mark. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Ana Benitez competes in the 100 butterfly on Sept. 14 against Kingston. She took fourth place in 1:30.99. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sydnee Linnane gets Sequim’s 200 medley team off to a solid start on Sept. 14. Linnane and teammates Sydney Swanson, Sonja Govertson and Jasmine Itti earned a state qualifying time in the event. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sydney Swanson swims the breaststroke portion of Sequim’s 200 medley relay on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Teammates cheer on the anchor of Sequim’s 200 medley relay team that clocked in at 2:01.54 — about a half-second under a state 2A meet qualifying time — as the Wolves take on Kingston on Sept. 14. The relay squad includes Sydnee Linnane, Sydney Swanson, Sonja Govertson and Jasmine Itti. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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