Girls swimming: Wolves start with win over Klahowya

The Lady Wolves swim team’s season is starting off swimmingly.

The Lady Wolves swim team’s season is starting off swimmingly.

After opening last season with a 104-60 loss to Klahowya, the Wolves swam to a 95-72 victory with some of their ace swimmers already setting district qualifying times on Sept. 10, at the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center.

So far, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay both qualified for districts and two individual swimmers, said head coach Anita Benitez.

Sydnee Linnane, Carmen Wilwert, Joie Darminio and Jaycee Thompson-Porrazzo swam a 2:18.61 for the 200 medley and a second-place finish in the event. In the 400 free, Victoria Fitzpatrick, Darminio, Jasmine Itti and Linnane swam 4:27.49, and a second-place finish to qualify for districts.

Both Fitzpatrick and Linnane, state competitors last year, qualified for districts individually, too.

Fitzpatrick swam 2:20.38, to finish second behind Hallie Turk of Klahowya (2:15.84), to qualify for districts while cutting five seconds off her best time. In the 100 free, she took first at 1:04.97, while shaving two seconds off her best time.

Linnane qualified in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly taking first in the back at 1:10.55 and second in fly at 1:13.50.

Itti also won the 50 free with a time of 30.78, Wilwert the 100 breaststroke at 1:31.40, and the 200 free relay team of Annie Armstrong, Stephanie Grow, Angela Carrillo-Burge and Itti took first at 2:09.26.

Five more girls set personal records in the match, too, Benitez said.

Carrillo-Burge cut 27 seconds from her 500 free time and 1 second from her 50 free, Armstrong cut 14 seconds from her 200 IM, Natalie Barker cut 2 seconds from her 50 free time, Wilwert cut 2 seconds from her 100 free and Aubree Young cut 1 second from her 100 free time.

Even more promising for the Wolves is that not all of their swimmers were swimming that day for various reasons.

Next up, the Wolves travel to North Kitsap on Thursday, Sept. 17. They lost to the Vikings 113-67 last year.