High School Sports

Le, Malella, Sternhagen ones to watch at state swimming

THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

The time for every high school swimmer’s dream has come. A crowded King County Aquatic Center will host the swimming state championships on Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, and Whatcom County teams are eager to show well.

Squalicum is fresh off a Northwest District title, topping powerhouses Anacortes and Sehome. The Storm are led by sophomore Yanran Le, who was a finalist in multiple events at last year’s state championships, and also boast the top-ranked 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams looking to top last year’s runaway state champions Liberty.

Sehome, which finished second at the 2A championships last season, finished third at the district championships and had a 5-1 dual meet record on the year. In Don Helling’s 40th year coaching high school swimming, it would be a great story to see Sehome contend for a title.

Bellingham has six competitors headed to state, including two divers and a relay team, while Lynden has its relay teams and standout Sarah Hollander competing.

YANRAN LE

Year: Sophomore

School: Squalicum

Events: Relays, individual medley, breaststroke

Le was instrumental in the Storm’s undefeated dual meet season and district title, taking part in Class 2A’s top-ranked 200 medley and district-winning 200 freestyle relays while also winning the 100 breaststroke at districts. She is the top seed in the 200 IM, where she took sixth last year, and the second seed in the breaststroke that she finished third in last season. The talented sophomore could win three titles, two individual, and that would go a long way to helping the Storm win a state title for the first time since 2010.

ALIA MALELLA

Year: Junior

School: Sehome

Events: Relays, backstroke, 500 freestyle

Malella has two individual fifth-place finishes under her belt from last year — her first with the Mariners — and could improve on those this season. She’s ranked third in the 500 freestyle and fourth in the 100 backstroke headed into the state championships. She’s a strong swimmer that Sehome will hope to come up in a big way to jump Sehome past Anacortes and Squalicum and into the state title mix. Don Helling always has his teams ready to peak at the state tournament and Malella should be no different.

SUNNI STERNHAGEN

Year: Senior

School: Bellingham

Events: Diving

With nine of the 24 divers at the state tournament coming from the Northwest Conference, it’s clear the NWC has become a diving powerhouse. Sunni Sternhagen is one of the best. She’s seeded 12th going into the state championships. She has some state meet experience under her belt and will be looking to put her best foot forward in her last event of her high school swim career. Along with Sternhagen, keep an eye on teammate Chloe Roth, Squalicum’s four divers and Sehome’s Maya Helms.

Class 2A state qualifiers

200 MEDLEY RELAY

Swimmers

Seed

Time

Squalicum

Serena Allendorfer

1

1:50.73

Sophie Booth

Madyson Flaming

Shaye Fowler

Sehome

Alia Malela

4

1:56.49

Kim Grace

McKenna Sakamoto

Leah Day

Lynden

Sarah Hollander

14

2:02.20

Damara Gerbrandt

Annie Uribe

Jadyn Elias

200 FREESTYLE RELAY

School

Seed

Time

Sophie Booth

Squalicum

9

2:04.78

Gitte Gosvig

Bellingham

11

2:05.06

Kristina DeKoster

Squalicum

17

2:08.54

Madyson Flaming

Squalicum

18

2:09.66

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

School

Seed

Time

Yanran Le

Squalicum

2

2:14.45

Olivia Nielsen

Squalicum

8

2:19.63

Waling Kratzman

Sehome

18

2:30.21

50 FREESTYLE

School

Seed

Time

Tiana Varang

Squalicum

4

25.27

Serena Allendorfer

Squalicum

7

25.59

Leah Day

Sehome

22

27.03

Sophie Grambo

Sehome

23

27.03

DIVING

School

Seed

Pts.

Helene Synnott

Squalicum

6

364.30

Amber Carson

Squalicum

7

347.55

Jordan Cuskey

Squalicum

10

326.35

Juliana Jeffrey

Squalicum

11

307.05

Sunni Sternhagen

Bellingham

12

299.50

Chloe Roth

Bellingham

16

277.35

Maya Helms

Sehome

22

231.85

100 BUTTERFLY

School

Seed

Time

Olivia Nielsen

Squalicum

3

1:00.26

McKenna Sakamoto

Sehome

16

1:06.62

100 FREESTYLE

School

Seed

Time

Tiana Varang

Squalicum

4

54.76

Serena Allendorfer

Squalicum

5

55.37

Hannah Holmgren

Sehome

11

56.85

500 FREESTYLE

School

Seed

Time

Sarah Hollander

Lynden

2

5:19.77

Alia Malella

Sehome

3

5:22.80

Sophie Booth

Squalicum

7

5:32.43

Gitte Gosvig

Bellingham

10

5:36.15

Madyson Flaming

Squalicum

17

5:48.57

Marianna Kemp

Sehome

18

5:49.19

200 FREESTYLE RELAY

Swimmer

Seed

Time

Sehome

Hannah Holmgren

6

1:45.69

Sophie Grambo

Leah Day

McKenna Sakamoto

Squalicum

Serena Allendorfer

7

1:47.01

Sophie Booth

Kristina DeKoster

Madyson Flaming

Lynden

Shelby DeWaard

17

1:50.10

Annie Uribe

Damara Gerbrandt

Jadyn Elias

Bellingham

Olivia Miley

21

1:53.15

Avey Bathum

Sydney Terrell

Celeste Rehm

100 BACKSTROKE

School

Seed

Time

Sarah Hollander

Lynden

2

59.37

Alia Malella

Sehome

4

1:00.61

Miranda Blackburn

Sehome

16

1:06.75

Marianna Kemp

Sehome

17

1:06.92

100 BREASTSTROKE

School

Seed

Time

Yanran Le

Squalicum

1

1:05.87

Grace Kim

Sehome

10

1:13.14

Hannah Holmgren

Sehome

11

1:13.34

Avey Bathum

Bellingham

18

1:16.83

Jessica Lann

Squalicum

19

1:16.95

Wanling Kratzman

Sehome

23

1:17.38

400 FREESTYLE RELAY

Swimmer

Seed

Time

Squalicum

Serena Allendorfer

1

3:44.88

Sophie Booth

Kristina DeKoster

Madyson Flaming

Sehome

Alia Malella

5

3:51.24

Wanling Kratzman

Sophie Grambo

Hannah Holmgren

Lynden

Sarrah Hollander

9

4:00.50

Annie Uribe

Jadyn Elias

Shelby DeWaard

Class 3A state qualifiers

200 FREESTYLE

School

Seed

Time

Kyrie Fairbairn

Ferndale

19

2:03.69

100 FREESTYLE

School

Seed

Time

Kyrie Fairbairn

Ferndale

22

57.05

SOURCE: WIAA.com

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