Bailey leads Kentlake swim to second place

Kentlake’s girls swim team made a statement at the West Central District meet last Saturday placing a solid second with 150 points behind Gig Harbor’s 169.

The Falcons kick started the meet with a second place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with Emily Tanasse, Katrina Hetrick, Abby Swanson and Taylor Bouffard. Later on, Kentlake tacked on a third place finish in the 200-free relay with a time of 1 minute, 43.95 seconds.

Tanasse picked up where she left off at the South Puget Sound League championship meet with several strong individual swims at districts. The freshman touched the wall in third place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.92 and finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke.

Meanwhile, Kentlake junior Chelsea Bailey helped the team’s cause winning the 50 free in 23.98 seconds. Bouffard also placed in the 50 free, coming in 10th, adding to Kentlake’s point total.

Bailey didn’t stop there, winning the 100 backstroke in 55.75, though short of the meet record of 54.99 that she set last year.

Kentlake picked up more team points in the 100 back with Taylor Bouffard and Sarah Dougherty finishing eighth and ninth respectively.

The Falcons wrapped up the district meet with another victory, this time in the 400-free relay in a state qualifying time of 3:43:28, thanks to the efforts of Bouffard, Dougherty, Tanasse and Bailey.

In the diving competition Auburn senior Shawna Jordan blew away the competition while Kentwood senior Katie Almon finished 10th and Tahoma senior Annamarie Price finished 12th.

Kentwood finished 10th overall at districts with its best individual showing coming from Shannelle Cayetano, who took sixth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free with a time of 56.30.

For the Conquerors, Marissa Dyrdahl finished 11th in the 200 free and ninth in the 100 free while Lindsey Krause took eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.87.

Kentwood finished eighth in the 200 free relay and sixth in the 400 free relay.

Tahoma’s strongest swims came from co-captain Rachel Reese who took eighth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 back while its relay teams finished 10th in the 200 medley and 11th in the 400 free.

Next up for Kentlake and other local swimmers is the 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships set for Nov. 12-14 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Top six finishers in each event qualified for the state championship meet.

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