The Sehome girls' swim team finished 13th out of 35 of the top schools in the state during the Mukilteo Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Richland won the invite for the second straight year, scoring 457 points. Bainbridge Island took second with 448 points, and Cascade placed third with 363 points. The Mariners scored 130 points.
Gwendolyn Roley, who coach Don Helling said was his swimmer of the meet, placed ninth in the 500 freestyle with a 5 minute, 31.99 second swim. Hannah Holmgren finished 14th in the 100 breaststroke, improving her state seed in the event with a 1:13.98. Sehome's 200 freestyle relay team of Molly McGuire, Ellie Poehlman, Shirley Lam and Roley earned a 10th-place finish with their 1:49.41 mark. No other Sehome swimmers or relay teams broke the top 16.
"It's a tough meet, but one we've been going to for several years now," Helling said in a phone interview. "It has the top teams in eastern Washington and in the Seattle area. It was also a great opportunity for us to get use to the state venue."
Helling said the meet also let Sehome scope out its Class 2A competition for the swimming and diving championships the second week of November.
"Ellensburg is a tough 2A school, and West Valley of Spokane just dropped down to 2A, so it was a good chance to see them," Helling said. "We had some of the best times we've swam this year which, for the middle of the season, is a good thing."
Sehome returns to the pool for a dual meet against Burlington-Edison at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.