Coach: Don Helling
Last year: 6-1 overall, 6-1 NWC (second in conference). ... Only dual-meet loss of the season came to Squalicum 94-92 on Oct. 22. ... Claimed a Class 2A Northwest District title. ... Finished third behind Squalicum and Pullman at the state meet. ... Sent Gwendolyn Roley, Ellie Poehlman, Shirley Lam, Hannah Holmgren, Nina Djukic, Megan Mundell and the 200 medley and 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams to state. ... Roley claimed a 200 freestyle title and finished third in the 100 backstroke. ... Holmgren finished second in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 free.
Swimmers to watch: Gwendolyn Roley (Sr.), Hannah Holmgren (Jr.), Ellie Poehlman (Sr.), Megan Mundell (Sr.), Sophie Grambo (Jr.), McKenna Sakamoto (Jr.), Leah Day (Jr.).
Outlook: The Sehome-Squalicum dual meet on Oct. 21 should again determine the NWC champion, as both teams boast a healthy amount of returners. The Mariners’ biggest returner is Roley, the 200 freestyle state champion. “She’s definitely with the other two seniors taking over a leadership role and is training harder than ever,” Helling said in a phone interview. “She’s looking great in the water.” Fellow seniors Poehlman and Mundell, both state competitors from a year ago, provide a bit of substance behind Roley. Holmgren, who is coming off second- and fifth-place finishes at state as a sophomore, also should contend as one of the top swimmers in the NWC. “She’s also charged up and ready to go,” Helling said.