Wilson tops Foss in showcase of state swimmers

// Falcons’ Chard adds two more state-qualifying times

  • DIVING IN. Wilson's Karli Stevenson and Foss' Emma Chard dive in for the start of the 200-yard individual medley. (Photo by Rocky Ross)

  • Wilson’s Madeleine Dodge swims during her win in the 100-yard butterfly. (Photo by Rocky Ross)

  • Wilson’s Hailey Viehmann completes a backflip during the diving competition. (Photo by Rocky Ross)

  • BACK INTO FORM. Foss' Sarah Sachs wins the 100-yard backstroke and is rounding back into form after suffering a stress fracture in her foot. (Photo by Rocky Ross)

Both Wilson’s depth and Foss’ star power had their chances to shine when the two swim squads squared off at the Falcons’ pool on Sept. 17, as the Rams won seven of 12 events to pull out a 120-54 team win. But Foss’ senior duo of Emma Chard and Sarah Sachs continued to show why they are two of the better swimmers in the city, as they won two events apiece.

It was Chard who stole the show most against the Falcons, notching a state qualifying time of 2:11.40 in winning the 200-yard individual medley and winning the 100-yard breaststroke in a state time of 1:09.26.

“She’s definitely at another level right now,” said Foss head coach Matt Wood, noting that Chard has been getting plenty of college attention. “For her to be swimming so well right off the bat is fun to see.”

It was the fifth and sixth state-qualifying times notched by Chard in just two dual meets so far this year, after finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 100-yard freestyle at the 3A state meet last year. She qualified in the 50-, 100-, 200- and 500-freestyles in the Falcons’ first dual meet against Mount Tahoma.

“She’s way ahead of (where she was) this time last year,” Wood said. “She’s swimming times comparable to what she was swimming going into the championship part of the season.”

Sachs – who is still battling back from a stress fracture in her foot – fell just short of a state time in winning the 50-yard freestyle in 26.75 seconds, and added a win in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:06.15. But the senior will certainly continue to improve after placing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke and 13th in the 200-yard freestyle at state last year.

“She hasn’t been able to put in a lot early on,” Wood noted of Sachs’ injury. “I’ve been trying to take it really easy with her.” 

Foss sophomore Nicole Ripley tallied the Falcons’ other event win, finishing the 500-yard freestyle in 6:40.58.

But Wilson state-tested sophomore Madeleine Dodge helped lead the way for the Rams, capturing the 200-yard freestyle in 2:07.65 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.40. She also teamed with Kelly Tran, Karli Stevenson and Rachel Duke to win the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Both relay times – along with Dodge’s two individual wins – easily qualified for the 3A district meet. Duke added a district time in winning the 100-yard freestyle in 1:01.76, and Tran and Stevenson narrowly scored a district time in winning the 200-yard freestyle relay along with Hannah Kenfield and Alicia Long.

Rams senior Hailey Viehmann – who placed tenth in the diving competition at the state meet last year – scored a 154.75 in the meet against the Falcons as the only diver to take part.


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