Juanita swimmers finish ninth overall, Celia Pinczower takes diving crown

Juanita Rebel diver Celia Pinczower won the Washington state 3A diving championship at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Saturday. - Chad Coleman/Kirkland Reporter
Juanita Rebel diver Celia Pinczower won the Washington state 3A diving championship at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Saturday.
— image credit: Chad Coleman/Kirkland Reporter

With nine top 16 finishes last weekend, the Juanita girls swim and dive program earned a ninth place state finish at the 3A state championships.

The crowning moment for the team was senior Celia Pinczower taking first place in the state diving competition with a final score of 404.3.

As a team, the Rebels finished with 124 points, just one point behind eighth place Holy Names Academy.

"We had a great state meet and the girls were really excited about their individual performance," said head coach Dawn Maurer.

In the first even of the night, the 200-medley relay, the Rebels finished in 16th place with a time of 2:01.47. Swimming in the race were: Tess Farley, Rebekah Boyer, Kylie Battaglia and Megan Grichel.

Juanita's Hanna Armstrong brought back a seventh place finish in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:57.62, while Rachael Kurtz had a fourth place finish in the 200-yard individual medley race. Kurtz picked up another fourth place finish with a 52.22 finish in the 100-yard freestyle, while Armstrong earned her second seventh place in the 500-yard freestyle marathon with a 5:15.45 race time. Kurtz's finish in the 100-freestyle set a new school record, while she earned personal bests in both races.

As a team, in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Rebels brought in a seventh place time of 1:43.16, thanks to swims from Kurtz, Grichel, Anna Michel and Armstrong. In sophomore Farley's second individual race of the night she finished 11th overall in the 100-yard backstroke.

In the last event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Juanita finished ninth, with swims from Kurtz, Michel, Grichel and Armstrong for a 3:54.56 time.

"Overall the season was so much fun from our swim across the lake, to hiking up Rattlesnake Ridge as a team all the way through the state meet," said Maurer. "I am extremely lucky to have such a wonderful group of girls and the parents that support my program are amazing."

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