Kentlake takes third at West Central District meet | Girls Swimming

Kentlake's girls swim team had another good weekend in the pool at Rogers High as it finished third in the West Central District meet Friday and Saturday.

Mount Rainier High, a newcomer to the South Puget Sound League 4A North this year, added a district title to the league championship it won at the meet the week before. The Rams tallied 160.5 points while the Raiders from Thomas Jefferson was in second place with 138 while the Falcons were nipping on their heels with 136 points.

The seven fastest times in each event earned swimmers a spot at the 4A state swim and dive championships Nov. 11-13 at the King County Aquatics Center.

Teams can also get what Tahoma coach Dave Wright described as wild cards, or extra allocations, after all the other 4A district meets are completed this weekend.

"It was a pretty fast district meet," Wright said. "For example, my 200 medley (relay) was ninth with a time that was better than eight teams entered into state last year."

Emily Tanasse, a sophomore who has been blazing fast all season for Kentlake, won the 100 yard butterfly, touching the wall in 58.73 seconds. She finished third in the 100 backstroke in an automatic state qualifying time of 1:00.41, about a second and a half faster than her preliminary time.

Kyndal Phillips finished in third for the Falcons in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:15.06. She also finished fourth in the 100 fly.

Taylor Bouffard took fourth in the 50 free, clocking in at 25.17, an automatic state qualifying time.

Annie Benoit won the B final of the 500 free with a time of 5:28.16, knocking nearly four seconds off her preliminary time. She will be swimming in that event at state.

Junior Sarah Dougherty finished fifth in the 100 back.

Kentlake's 200 free relay of Phillips, Benoit, Abby Swanson and Bouffard finished fifth. The Falcons 400-free relay finished fourth with Tanasse kicking it off, Swanson swimming the second leg, Benoit the third with Dougherty the anchor.

Kati Stanford, Kentlake's head coach, said in an e-mail that Phillips will swim in the 200 IM and the 100 fly at state as will Tanasse who will also swim in the 100 back and Bouffard will swim in the 50 free.

All of the girls who swam at districts for Kentlake will be available to swim on of the Falcons three relay teams, including Nichole Reitz, Mekena Eha and Danielle Brooks.

For Kentwood, which finished 11th as a team, Marissa Dyrdahl touched the wall in sixth in the 200 free A final in 2:05.2 seconds, while teammate Natalie Lesnick swam it in 2:01.74 in the B final.

Dyrdahl also finished sixth in the A final of the 100 free, stopping the clock at 56.59.

Lesnick finished fifth in the 500 free with a time of 5:30.62.

The Conquerors 400 free relay team won the B final and took the seventh spot overall with Lesnick swimming first, Erica Wright swimming second, Paige Morris third and Dyrdahl the anchor.

Kristin Ainsworth from Tahoma had a stellar meet, coming in second with an automatic state qualifying time of 2:13.04 in the 200 IM, along with a second place in the 100 backstroke in another automatic state qualifying time of 59.74.

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