Coach: Don Helling
Last Year: Finished second in the Class 2A Northwest Conference standings with a league record of 7-1 and was 11-1 overall. ... Won the Northwest District Swimming and Diving Championships. ... Qualified 14 swimmers or relays for the Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Championships and were 2A state champions. ... Don Helling was selected All-Whatcom County Coach of the Year, and Ana Miksovsky, Julie Maurer, Audrey Shenkin, Taylor Shewchuk, Gwen Roley, Simone Prince-Eichner and Shirley Lam were All-Whatcom County selections.
Swimmers to watch: Shirley Lam (jr.); Molly McGuire (jr.); Gwen Roley (so.); Zoey Sheinkopf (sr.); Olivia Keneipp (sr.); Ellie Poehlman (so.)
Outlook: The defending state champions return to the pool with the goal of leaving the King County Aquatic Center at season's end with another state trophy in the back of their van. The Mariners seem to have another strong group capable of qualifying quite a few swimmers for the state championships. "We pretty much have all our team returning this year," Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. "Our team is very close knit this year, and they have been getting along well." Juniors Shirley Lam and Molly McGuire, as well as sophomore Gwen Roley, highlight Helling's group of talented swimmers. Zoey Sheinkopf and Olivia Keneipp give Sehome a pair of strong seniors who will provide leadership. The Mariners may not have one standout, but it was team depth that helped Sehome capture a state title last year. "I'm excited about everyone, from our freshman to our seniors," Helling said. "Our big focus this year is integrity and all the different meanings of it."
Sept. 7 NWC Relays (Arne Hanna) 3:15 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Lynden* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Sedro-Woolley* 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 NWC Invitational (Fidalgo Pool) 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 Bellingham* 3:15 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 District Dive (Fidalgo Pool) 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 Burlington-Edison 3:15 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Squalicum* 3:15 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Anacortes* 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 District Dive (Fidalgo Pool) 3 p.m.
Oct. 26 NWC "B" Championships 3:30 p.m.
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.