Squalicum freshman overwhelms 2A field in 100 freestyle


Squalicum's Sydney Wong cruised to a big win in the 100 freestyle race at the Class 2A Girls' Swimming State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Federal Way.

Wong never let any of the other swimmers get a taste of the lead, as her 54.27-second finish was almost an entire second faster than second-place finisher.

Wong, only a freshman, laid the foundation for her win with the fastest time Friday, Nov. 15, in the preliminaries. She also finished a second ahead of the second-place swimmer in the prelims, in a time of 55.20 seconds.

"That race is one of her specialties," Squalicum coach Steve Gibb said. "She had a good day. ... She may have been in the top few swimmers of the meet."

Despite being one of the youngest competitors at the meet, Wong looked like a savvy veteran as she helped her team to a second-place finish.

Gibb said her biggest adjustment this season was going from the feel of club competition to a high school meet.

"We just worked on the little things with her this season," he said, emphasizing her preparedness for the difficulty of high school competition. "Good swimmers make us (coaches) look good."

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