Girls swimming: SHS sweeps Trojans, Buccaneers to open season

Two meets, two wins for Sequim’s girls swimming squad under first year head coach Sarah Thorson.

After edging Olympic to open the season on Sept. 10, Sequim got four district meet-qualifying swims in a 101-69 victory at Kingston on Sept. 12.

“Overall the team worked extremely hard, came together and swam phenomenally for another win,” Thorson said.

Both SHS 200 relay teams (medley and free) earned district times while Sydney Swanson maintained her district qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke and Francesca Bargis added a district qualifying time in her 100 freestyle with a first place finish of 1:04.

Bargis added a win in the 100 backstroke with a 1:17 finish; in the same event, freshman swimmer Julia Jeffers impressed with a third place swim of 1:39.

Swanson and Melanie Bryne (1:33) went 1-2 in the breaststroke while the Wolves swept the 200 free: Swanson (2:29) in first, Eislynn Flood (2:36) in second and Morgan Cairou (2:41) in third.

Sequim tacked on second and third place finishes in the 50 free (Lauren Sundin, 29.30, and Aleah Chen, 31.12), 100 butterfly (Sundin, 1:19, and Cariou, 1:30) and 500 free (Flood, 7:06, and Claire Cronin, 7:13).

Topping the Trojans

The Wolves started the season with a narrow win over Olympic, splashing the Trojans 79-78 and earning a trio of district meet-qualifying times.

Sequim’s 200 medley relay team of Rylie Hough (backstroke), Swanson (breaststroke), Sundin (butterfly) and Natalie George (freestyle) took second place in 2:19 — more than eight seconds under the district qualifying mark.

SHS’s 200 freestyle relay team of Swanson, Sundin, Bargis and Petra Bernsten took first with a district qualifying time of 2:02.04.

Swanson added the Wolves’ third district qualifier with a first-place 100 breaststroke time of 1:21.30. She also placed first in the 200 free (2:27.97).

Bernsten topped the field in the 100 butterfly with a 1:41.64 finish.

The Wolves added a number of second-place finishes against Olympic, including Bargis in both 200 individual medley (2:50.42) and 100 free (1:07.25), George in the 100 backstroke (1:25.03) and Eislynn Flood in the 500 free (7:02.50).

Picking up third-place finishes were Sundin in the 200 IM, George in the 100 free, Bernsten in the 50 free, Cronin in the 200 free and Byrne in the 100 breaststroke.

Also placing third were Sequim’s 400 freestyle B relay (Cronin, Chen, Cariou, Christina Caples) and 200 free B relay (Caples, Byrne, Chen, Sydnee Price).

The close finish wasn’t unusual for a Wolves-Trojans match-up; last year, the teams tied 83-83 and both teams finished 4-2-1. It was, however, Sequim’s first out-right win over Olympic since 2014.

Coming up

Sequim takes on rival Port Angeles at home on Sept. 19 and hosts Port Townsend on Sept. 26.

The Wolves are at North Kitsap on Oct. 3 before their final home meet of the season, set for Oct. 10 against Klahowya.

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