Sequim Gazette staff
In their second to last home meet of the regular season, the Sequim Lady Wolves swim team lost 91-61 on Oct. 15 to the Olympic Trojans in SARC. However, a few Sequim swimmers either qualified for districts or inched even closer to districts or state. On top of that, more than half the team set personal records in at least one event.
In the head-to-head meet, Victoria Fitzpatrick won the 100 fly (1:09.42), and as part of the 200 free relay with Sydnee Linnane, Stephanie Grow and Jessica Craig won at 1:59.51. Joie Darminio won the 100 breaststroke at 1:26.41.
Head Coach Anita Benitez applauded Darminio’s work ethic at the meet because she was feeling under the weather but just missed out on a district time by about 2 seconds (1:26.41).
“(Darminio) is determined to beat her time and make it to districts,” Benitez said. “She is always positive and upbeat and has brought the team laughter and her sense of competitiveness does not diminish her kindness.”
Linnane cut half a second in the 50 free time (27.55) and is less than 2 seconds from a state time while Fitzpatrick cut 2 seconds in the 100 fly time putting her within 5 seconds of state.
The 400 free relay of Jaycee Thompson-Porrazzo, Jessica Craig, Annie Armstrong and Darminio are 2 seconds from districts at 4:48.22. Carmen Wilwert cut 2 seconds (1:28.22) from the 100 breaststroke and is 4 seconds from qualifying for districts too.
Thompson-Porrazzo cut 2 seconds from the 100 backstroke (1:20.08) and Grow cut 1 second (1:21.46).
Holly Eiland cut half a second from the 100 free (1:39.24) and 2 seconds in the 50 free (43.85).
Heidi Schmitt cut 5 seconds in the 100 free (34.67), Kaitlyn Davis cut 1 second in the 50 free (41.07), Sarin Rees cut 1 second in the 50 free (35.17), Dakota Henderson cut half a second in the 100 free (1:35.40) and Kayley Lofstrom cut half a second in the 100 fly (1:25.50).
They host Kingston on Thursday, Oct. 22, in SARC. Last year Sequim lost 101-82 to the Buccaneers.
The Last Chance Meet for players on the cusp of qualifying for districts and state will run in Port Angeles on Oct. 28.