Sequim’s swim crew got eight top-10 finishes and placed sixth as a team overall out of 17 competing teams at the West Central District 3 1A/2A SeaKing district swimming and diving championships on Nov. 4.
The Wolves will send four swimmers — along with two relay alternates — to the class 2A state meet, scheduled for Nov. 9-11 in Federal Way.
Sequim’s 400 free relay team of Ava Shinkle, Natalie Cross, Melisa Nelson and Annie Ellefson placed fourth in 4:09.19, behind squads from Sammamish, Port Angeles and North Kitsap.
That same quartet of Nelson, Ellefson, Shinkle and Cross won their 200 medley relay B Final and placed seventh overall, finishing in 2:07.47.
Both relays move on to swim at state, the 400 free relay by district finish and the 200 medley relay by wildcard.
In individual races, Shinkle — a freshman — raced to a third place finish in the 200 individual medley, in 2:24.51, shaving nearly a second-and-a-half off her preliminary mark. The top three finishers in the race (Sutton Forbis and Neve Chene of Sammamish and Shinkle) are ninth-graders.
Shinkle also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 1:07.47. Teammate Melia Nelson was ninth in the 100 fly, with a time of 1:14.52.
Annie Ellefson, a sophomore, placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:14.85.
Ellefson also won the B final in the 200 yard freestyle and placed seventh overall, with a time of 2:14.60.
Shinkle (200 IM, 100 fly by district finish) and Ellefson (100 breaststroke by district finish, 200 free by wildcard) will compete in individual events at state.
Nelson was fifth in the B final and 11th overall, clocking in at 2:20.64.
Natalie Cross placed ninth in the 500 free with a time of 6:18.27.
The Wolves’ 200 free relay squad of Addison Long, Cooper Hiatt, Violet Phillips and Keira Morey took 16th at districts in 2:26.19.
Long and Morey will join the Sequim relay quartet as alternates at state this week.
Sammamish (332 points) ran away with the district title after taking first place in seven of the 13 events. North Kitsap (196 points) was second, followed by Port Angeles (167), Enumclaw (136), Fife 92) and Sequim (86).