Foss displayed its star power by winning eight of 11 events, while Stadium showed its depth in sweeping its four dual meets as the five Tacoma public schools converged for the All-City Meet at Mount Tahoma High School on Oct. 6.
The Falcons began the day with five straight wins, starting with the team of Sarah Sachs, Emma Chard, Yana Kuloff and Megan Ripley winning the 200-yard medley relay in one minute and 59.27 seconds. Sachs followed with a win in the 200-yard freestyle, Chard followed with a state time in the 200-yard individual medley and Kuloff edged Stadium’s Amber Longrie in the 50-yard freestyle and also took the 100-yard butterfly.
“We’re swimming really tired, and trying to change up events every meet,” said Foss head coach Matt Wood, noting that the Falcons are in the midst of a busy stretch of meets. “But we’re putting up solid times. The girls have been working hard.”
Sachs later put up another state-qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke, while Chard won the 100-yard breastroke in one minute and 7.95 seconds and is currently ranked first in the state in all classifications in the 100-yard freestyle.
“It’s pretty exciting to see how well the girls have been doing, and how their hard work is paying off,” Wood said. “We’re not done yet, we’ve still got another month to go here.”
Stadium, swimming without star senior Felicity Cann, was led by Longrie, seniors Amanda Marr and Hailey Stringham and freshman Emma Lavold. Lavold won the 500-yard freestyle in just over six minutes and placed second in the 200-yard freestyle, while also teaming with Marr, junior Nicole Soriano and freshman Melanie Muller to win the 400-yard freestyle relay. Marr placed second in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke, Longrie was second in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and Stringham was second in the 100-yard backstroke.
“We have some really great district-level swimmers who are looking to make their state (times),” said Stadium head coach David Baughman.
Cann, who missed the meet to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test, is already qualified for eight individual events at state, and earlier this season set the school record in the 100-yard butterfly along with qualifying for the 50-, 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle in the same meet.
“For her, that’s huge because these are all improvements,” Baughman said, “and when you get to a certain level in high school…how do you improve? What more do you have to accomplish? Qualifying faster, qualifying in more events, qualifying at faster times and setting school records.”
Mount Tahoma senior Miranda Benson won the 100-yard freestyle in a district-qualifying time of one minute and 1.24 seconds, while also putting up a district time in placing third in the 50-yard freestyle. Wilson had several notable performers in winning their dual meets over Mount Tahoma, Lincoln and Foss. Karli Stevenson posted district times in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle – placing second in both – while teaming with senior Seanna Collins, sophomore Rachel Duke and Madeleine Dodge to post a district time in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Collins was third in the 100-yard freestyle while Duke placed fourth in the 200-yard IM, with both recording district-qualifying times.