Lake Washington’s athletes were all over the medal podium on Saturday at the 3A state swim and dive meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
LW swam some blistering races all around, led by Amelia Hammer, who placed the highest individually with a second in the 100 freestyle (51.93) and a third in the 50 free (24.06) and she was also a member of the 200 medley relay (third, 1:46.76) and 400 freestyle relay (third, 3:32.71).
“She told me going into the postseason, she said she felt like she had unfinished business, especially with the 50 free, because she got eighth place (at state) last year,” LW head coach Dave Hale said about Hammer.
Overall, the Kangs took third in the team standings with 255 points, while Bellevue placed first with 272 and Lakeside claimed second with 259.
“For the first time, we feel we can really compete head to head with those other big schools. All of them (LW swimmers) have worked really hard the entire season to take us to that point,” said Hale, noting that LW did beat Bellevue at the KingCo meet.
The Cross sisters racked up some medals with Katie taking fourth in the 100 free (52.75) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (57.07), and Courtney notching fourth in the 200 free (1:54.21) and fourth in the 500 free (5:09.39). Both girls were members of the 400 free relay, and Katie swam on the 200 medley relay while Courtney was on the 200 freestyle relay, which finished fourth (1:40.29).
As for freshman Courtney, Hale said he was thrilled to see her beat her 500 free time at every postseason meet the last three weeks, including state finals. She set a school record in her state finals race and then jumped right into the next event, the 200 free relay, where she was the Kangs’ fastest swimmer.
For junior Katie, she was swimming her strongest at state and notched solid results, Hale said.
“She doesn’t verbalize it, but I can tell by her actions that she knew exactly when she needed to swim her best and so she did it at the right time,” Hale said of Katie, and that’s veteran thinking, he added.
Also in the 100 free, Jade Foltenyi took sixth (53.49) and she was a member of the 400 free relay and 200 free relay, which also featured Caitlyn Ferguson and Charlotte Conze. Conze also took eighth in the 100 breast in 1:07.52.
LW received valuable points from Foltenyi and Conze, who were impressive this season, Hale said.
Also shining for LW were diver Katie Lymberis in eighth, and Brie Yeh and Helen Wu (both on the 200 medley relay) and Robin Ying, who took ninth in the 100 back (59.80).
“Katie had an amazing meet at state. 3A diving was extremely competitive this year and all the coaches were commenting on it,” said diving coach Max Klassen. “In these diving competitions, it is quite difficult to do well on all 11 dives. If you can, though, you will almost certainly place quite high. For Katie, making top eight in this tough year of competition was really fun to see.”
Senior Lymberis stood in 10th place after her first five dives in prelims, rose to ninth after her three semifinals dives and notched some of her best-ever dives in the final round of three dives to land in eighth, Klassen said. Lymberis placed fifth at districts to qualify for state.
For Juanita, Alicja Misiuda took fourth in the 100 fly (57.62) and she was a member of the 200 medley relay (ninth, 1:52.56) and 400 free relay (10th, 3:41.28). The 200 free relay also took 10th in 1:42.31.
Other relayers were Maddy Ulvin, Emma Ulvin, Victoria Truswell, Hallie Truswell and Giulliana Curran.