By the narrowest of margins, the Sehome girls’ swimming team claimed the Northwest Conference regular season championship by defeating Anacortes 94-92, securing an undefeated 8-0 season in the process on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
“It was amazing,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. “One of the most exciting dual meets that we’ve had.”
The Mariners did it in come-from-behind fashion against the Seahawks, who held a 16-point lead midway through the meet. Wins by Gwen Roley in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley, paired with back-to-back wins by Alia Malella in the 100 backstroke and Hannah Holmgren in the 100 breaststroke afforded Sehome some breathing room going into the final 400 freestyle relay.
And while Anacortes won with a time of 3 minutes, 56.00 seconds, second- and third-place finishes by the Mariners proved enough for the win.
Roley, including her two individual wins, also swam the final leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay, capping a comeback as she out-touched Anacortes by a slight .72 seconds.
“She (Roley) just buried her head,” said Helling of her swim in the 200 freestyle relay.
With the time of 1:48.17, all three of Sehome’s relay teams now have qualified for state.
Sehome 94, Anacortes 92
200 medley relay: Anacortes (Lauren Conrady, Taylor Webb, Bella Wyll, Madelyn Graham) 2:04.50; 200 freestyle: Faith Fostvedt (Anacortes) 2:03.74; 200 individual medley: Gwen Roley (Sehome) 2:21.23; 50 freestyle: Zoe Hill (Anacortes) 25.96; Diving: Isabella Zullo (Anacortes) 126.70; 200 freestyle relay: Sehome (Sophie Grambo, Hannah Holmgren, Alia Malella, Grambo) 1:48.17; 100 butterfly: Hill (Anacortes) 1:03.51; 100 freestyle: Fostveldt (Anacortes) 57.04; 500 freestyle: Roley (Sehome) 5:42.03; 100 backstroke: Malella (Sehome) 1:03.39; 100 breaststroke: Holmgren (Sehome) 1:14.95; 400 freestyle relay: Anacortes (Hill, Fostvedt, Bella Wyll, Lauren Conrady) 3:56.00.