Sequim’s swim squad capped its 2021 season with a trip to the state finals.
The Wolves’ quartet of Melanie Byrne, Melia Nelson, Hi’ilei Robinson and Lauren Sundin earned a spot in the 200 medley relay finals with a preliminary time of 2:09.36 on Nov. 12, then bettered that in the “B” finals with a 2:09.11 for SHS’s best finish at the 2A state championships in Federal Way.
“(It was the) fastest time of the post-season for them … a great way to wrap it all up,” SHS coach Britt Hemphill said.
Byrne, Nelson, Robinson and Sundin added a 19th place finish in the 200 free relay in 1:56.63 — an improvement of more than 1.2 seconds over their seed time.
Sundin, a senior, added a 22nd place finish in the 100 backstroke.
Sequim finished 33rd overall at the state meet with four team points. Pullman (330 points) cruised to a win over Sammamish (223). North Kitsap (sixth) and Port Angeles (ninth) were the Olympic League’s top 2A teams. Bainbridge Island — whom the Wolves faced to open the season on Sept. 9 — dominated the weekend to win the 3A state championship.
With top-12 finishes at the Sea-King West Central District meet, a host of Wolves earned all-league honors.
They included the state-qualifying quartet of Byrne, Nelson, Robinson and Sundin in both 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Also earning all-league honors were Sundin in both 100 backstroke and 100 free, as did Natalie Cross in 200 free and 500 free races, and Robinson in the 100 free.