High School Sports

Squalicum Storm girls’ swimming preview

Coach: Steve Gibb

Last year: 8-0 overall, 7-0 NWC (conference champions). ... Finished second to Sehome at the Class 2A Northwest District meet. ... Finished second at the state meet to Pullman. ... Sent Abby VonFeldt, Sydney Wong, Josephine Hegeberg, Shaye Fowler, Madi Krussow, Samantha Jones, the 200 medley and 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams to state. ... Wong claimed the 100 freestyle state championship. ... Krussow and Jones finished second and third in diving. ... Hegeberg finished third in the 100 backstroke.

Swimmers to watch: Abby VonFeldt (Sr.), Ivana Witt (Sr.), McKenzie Pham (Fr.), Yanran Le (Fr.), Serena Allendorfer (Jr.), Amanda Tapparo (Sr.).

Outlook: The Storm, fresh off a NWC title last year, return several key contributors and look to compete once more for the crown. “We have some pretty good depth. We should do well in our dual meets,” Gibb said in a phone interview. “I think we have a strong team.” Squalicum will be without its top swimmer from a year ago, Sydney Wong, who will not compete during the high school season. With that loss, Gibb said Allendorfer, a junior transfer from Illinois, is posting potential state-winning times already. She’s pairing with freshmen Le and Pham, who are making up for Wong’s loss admirably. “They are well under state-qualifying times,” Gibb said. Senior captains VonFeldt and Witt, as well as Kristina DeKoster and Janae Gallant, are providing strong leadership for a young Storm squad that could compete for a state title.

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