The Squalicum 200 medley relay team highlighted the preliminaries of the Class 2A Northwest District Girls’ Swim Meet on Friday, Nov. 6, at Anacortes’ Fidalgo Pool, swimming a time that not only broke the school record in the event, but also beat the previous district meet and pool records.
In fact, Serena Allendorfer, Yanran Le, Olivia Neilsen and Tiana Varang’s time of 1 minute, 51.15 seconds would have been fast enough to beat out Liberty’s Class 2A state championship time from 2014 (1:51.40), which is the state meet record.
“We had a very good day,” Squalicum coach Randy Elsner said ecstatically in a phone interview. “They’re doing that before the taper, so it could be even better next week. ... To see the type of times we had today in just a competitive environment is incredible.”
The time led off what proved to be a good preliminary showing for the Storm, as swimmers attempted to finish in the top six to qualify for the championship finals on Saturday, Nov. 7, or in the next six to qualify for the consolation final. Action Saturday is slated to begin at 2:45 p.m.
On top of helping her team set a blistering pace in the 200 medley relay, Le was the top qualifier in the 200 individual medley (2:16.38) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.87). Nielsen was the top qualifier and set another district mark in the 100 butterfly (1:00.26), while Allendorfer, Neilsen and Varang were joined by Sophie Booth to earn the top spot in the 400 freestyle relay (3:46.10).
Sehome’s Alia Malella was the top qualifier in the 500 freestyle (5:22.80) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.28). She also was part of Sehome’s second-seeded medley relay and its third-seeded 400 freestyle relay. In fact, all three Sehome relays will be seeded among the top three on Saturday.
“Our depth and the fact that we’re strong in all three relays really helped us,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. “I think we set ourselves up nicely for tomorrow. Squalicum is obviously the top team, and Anacortes is pretty good, too, and once again, I think the Northwest District is the strongest district in the state.”
Also making the championship finals for Sehome were: Leah Day in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, McKenna Sakamoto in the 100 butterfly, Hannah Holmgren in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Sophie Grambo in the 100 freestyle, Miranda Blackburn in the 100 backstroke and Kim Grace in the 100 breaststroke.
Also making the championship finals for Squalicum were: Booth in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, Madyson Flaming in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, Kristina DeKoster in the 200 freestyle, Neilsen in the 200 IM, Varang in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and Allendorfer in the 50 freestyle, as well as the 200 freestyle relay team.
Lynden had Sarah Hollander in the 500 freestyle and all three relays qualify for the championship finals, while Bellingham had a number of swimmers qualify for the consolation finals.
CLASS 2A NORTHWEST DISTRICT PRELIMINARIES
200 medley relay: Squalicum (Serena Allendorfer, Yanran Le, Olivia Neilsen Tiana Varang) 1:51.15; 200 freestyle: Faith Fostvedt (Anacortes) 2:00.73; 200 individual medley: Yanran Le (Squalicum) 2:16.38; 50 freestyle: Danielle Booth (Archbishop Murphy) 25.05; 100 butterfly: Olivia Neilsen (Squalicum) 1:00.26; 100 freestyle: Faith Fostvedt (Anacortes) 54.61; 500 freestyle: Alia Malella (Sehome) 5:22.80; 200 freestyle relay: Archbishop Murphy (Caitlin Mitchell, Caroline Kowalchuk, Kaelee McCloskey, Danielle Booth) 1:45.53; 100 backstroke: Alia Malella (Sehome) 1:01.28; 100 breaststroke: Yanran Le (Squalicum) 1:05.87; 400 freestyle relay: Squalicum (Serena Allendorfer, Sophie Booth, Olivia Neilsen, Tiana Varang) 3:46.10.