Chard wins title at 3A swim meet

// Curtis, Stadium swim at 4A meet

The 3A state meet was the final piece of business for Foss swimmer Emma Chard before preparing for her college career at Boise State. And the Falcons’ senior didn’t disappoint, winning the 100-yard freestyle in an All-American time of 50.17 seconds on Nov. 16 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

“It’s been really fun this season,” Chard said shortly after leading off the meet with a 14th place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with seniors Sarah Sachs and Yana Kuloff and sophomore Nicole Ripley. “(I’ve) kind of been sad and happy at the same time. (But) I’m excited for this.”

Chard added a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in a time of one minute and 3.89 seconds that earned All-American consideration.

Despite being hampered by a stress fracture in her foot early in the season, Sachs added a tenth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:00.53, and placed 13th in the 200-yard freestyle to help the Falcons finish 12th as a team with 54 points.

“My first year as the girls coach was their freshman year,” said Falcons head coach Matt Wood. “It’s really been fun to see them grow from these little girls, and every year see them improve and improve…it’s been really fulfilling and fun to experience that with them and be a part of it.”

Wilson sophomore Madeleine Dodge helped the Rams score 15 points to finish 28th, as she placed 15th in the 200-yard freestyle relay and teamed with Karli Stevenson, Rachel Duke and Kelly Tran to take 20th in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Wilson senior Hailey Viehmann took sixth in the diving competition with a score of 302.15. Dodge also took 21st in the 500-yard freestyle relay, while Stevenson placed 22nd in the 200-yard individual medley.

TIGERS, VIKINGS COMPETE AT 4A MEET

Freshman Kaycee Simpson helped lead the Stadium Tigers at the 4A state meet, placing 14th in the 200-yard individual medley and 16th in the 100-yard butterfly to score four of the Tigers’ six points. She later teamed with fellow freshman Cameron Thurston, sophomore Mellanie Muller and senior Amber Longrie to place 16th in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of one minute and 44.13 seconds. Longrie also teamed with senior Hannah Fransman, junior Katelyn Michael and sophomore Jensine Rasmussen to place 24th in the 200-yard medley relay.

Curtis, meanwhile, scored 58 points to place 14th overall as a team. Senior Hannah Holly led the way for the Vikings, taking sixth in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 54.13 seconds. Freshman Willow Lopez-Silvers narrowly missed advancing to the “A” final, taking ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.23 seconds. The duo teamed with Jessica Wilson and Jenna Postma to place seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of one minute and 41.74 seconds. Holly, Postma, Wilson and Emma Friedman rounded out the meet with an 11th-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

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