Stadium reigns supreme at all-city meet

// Tiger freshmen, Falcon senior swimmers stand out

Netting a first- or second-place finish in eight of 12 events, Stadium swept its four dual meets at the All-City Swim Meet on Oct. 4 at Mount Tahoma High School.

The Tigers – who finished 16th at the 4A state meet last year – have had to replace some key seniors off last year’s squad, but freshmen Kaycee Simpson and Kailey Allen are already showing they could be among the next wave of successful Stadium swimmers. Simpson won the 200-yard freestyle by more than 10 seconds, finishing with a time of 2:07.34, while Allen cruised to a win in the 500-yard freestyle by nearly 35 seconds. Simpson later added a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, and teamed with senior Amber Longrie, sophomore Mellanie Muller and freshman Cameron Thurston to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.04 – barely edging out Foss. Longrie, Thurston, Katelyn Michael and Emma Lavold capped the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Foss, meanwhile, was once again led by star seniors Emma Chard – who recently committed to swim at Boise State University – and Sarah Sachs. Chard again swam state-qualifying times in cruising to victories in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, and Sachs added a state time in the 100-yard backstroke while also winning the 50-yard freestyle. The duo also teamed with Yana Kuloff and Nicole Ripley to win the 200-yard medley relay in 2:01.14.

Wilson also saw its share of success, getting dual-meet wins over Foss, Lincoln and Mount Tahoma behind Madeline Dodge and Karli Stevenson. Dodge won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:25.10 – beating Stevenson by four seconds – and added a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Stevenson won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:08.75. Dodge, Stevenson, Rachel Duke and Lilly Tran finished second to Stadium in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and Duke took second in the 100-yard breaststroke.

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