The regular season is over, but the biggest challenges for Sequim’s girls swimming crew lay ahead.
The Wolves have their collective eyes set on the postseason this week — including a “last chance” divisional meet in Port Angeles on Oct. 24 — after competing against league champ North Kitsap.
Sequim swimmers set 15 personal bests in a 129-41 loss to the host Vikings, dropping the Wolves to a 4-3 record for the season.
Sydney Swanson swam her first 200 free ever and is a second from districts after a 2:25.28 effort.
Morgan Cariou qualified for districts for the first time after joining Amanda Murphy, Annabelle Armstrong and Heidi Schmitt in the 200 free relay.
“It has been a long week of hard work and dedication had by all of our swimmers this week,” Sequim coach Anita Benitez said. “We are working hard to finish out the season that ends (Nov. 10). We have many things happening that are making our season awesome.”
Other Sequim swimmers who earned personal bests against the Vikings included: Sydnee Linnane in the 50 free (by .13 seconds, to 27.49) and 100 back (by 2.9 seconds, to 1:08.17); Itti in the 100 free (by 0.84 seconds, to 1:01.10); Eislynn Flood in the 200 IM (by 15 seconds, to 3:18.05); Chloe McKay in the 200 free (by 6 seconds, to 2:53.92); Armstrong in the 200 IM (by 1 second, to 2:53.76); Aubree Young in the 200 IM (by 1 second, to 3:25.17); Cariou in the 100 fly (by 0.24 seconds, to 1:41.07); Sophia Barrett in the 500 free (by 1:16, to 7:48.87); Madeline Patterson in the 500 free (by 53 seconds, to 7:04.59); Paola Villegas in the 100 free (by 2 seconds); Irene Stello in the 100 free (by 1 second), and Quinlynn Young in the 50 free (by nearly 1 second).
Isabel Hendryx (200 free, 100 breaststroke), Izy Iral (200 IM, 100 back) and Bri Hoffman (50 free, 100 fly) led North Kitsap to victory last week with two individual wins apiece.
Select Sequim athletes were slated to compete at the Divisional Invitational meet on Oct. 24 in Port Angeles.
The Wolves vie for state-qualifying swims and top spots at the 1A/2A West Central District swim meet, held Nov. 3-4 at Hazen High School in Renton.
Event winners, qualifying athletes and an undisclosed number of “wild card” berths earn swimmers a spot at the state 2A swim meet, set for Nov. 10-11 in Federal Way.
Last season, Sequim placed eighth out of 18 teams at the district meet and sent three relays and two individuals to the state 2A meet.