Sehome’s girls’ swimming team won two of the three relays and took first place at the Northwest Conference Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes.
The Mariners finished with 373 points, followed by Squalicum at 328 and Anacortes at 250.
Sehome’s Alia Malella, Hannah Holmgren, McKenna Sakamoto and Rebekah Miksovsky won the 200 medley relay with a time of 2 minutes, 3.07 seconds. The team of Ellie Poehlman, Gwendolyn Roley, Sophie Grambo and Megan Mundell also won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:03.19.
“We had a great day. We were really pleased,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. “It was a combination of things that allowed us to win the meet. We had to have some good swims from the whole team and they pretty much came through.”
A number of swimmers won their races and had state-qualifying times, including Sehome’s Roley (200 free) and Malella (100 back, 500 free), Squalicum’s Yanie Le (200 IM, 100 breaststroke) and Serena Allendorfer (100 free) and Anacortes’ Zoe Hill (50 free, 100 butterfly).
Swimmers who qualified for state and didn’t win their race included Squalicum’s Allendorfer (100 backstroke), Sehome’s Gwendolyn Roley (100 backstroke) and Anacortes’ Faith Fostvedt (100 butterfly).
The next set of swimming meets is on Tuesday, Sept. 30, includes Bellingham visiting Anacortes at 2:30 p.m. at Fidalgo Pool, and Ferndale visiting Sehome at 3:15 p.m. at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
1. Sehome 373, 2. Squalicum 328, 3. Anacortes 250, 4. Lynden 153, 5. Bellingham 99, 6. Sedro-Woolley 78, 7. Burlington-Edison 36, 8. Ferndale 22, 9. Nooksack Valley 20
Spelling of Alia Malella's name corrected Oct. 6, 2014.