Sofia Sobotta has gone from walk-on to international consideration.
The Stanwood High School graduate, now a senior on the USC women’s rowing team, was one of 29 rowers invited to the 2018 USRowing Under-23 National Team’s selection camp, which begins on June 3 in West Windsor, New Jersey. The camp determines the teams that will represent the U.S. at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships, which take place July 25-29 in Poznan, Poland.
Sobotta originally walked on to the team at USC before earning a scholarship as a sophomore. Sobotta is part of USC’s Varsity Eight, which placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships held Sunday in Gold River, California.
“I never really thought I could make it to this level because I didn’t row before college,” Sobotta told the USC athletics website. “My teammates who currently row for various national teams have been rowing their entire lives. I started at USC, and it really began as a hobby. The coolest part of taking on the sport was when I realized that I could reach this level. I saw that I could actually achieve it.”
Neale takes third at Pac-12 meet
Glacier Peak High School graduate Amy-Eloise Neale, now a senior on the University of Washington women’s track and field team, finished third in the 1,500 meters at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships held over the weekend in Stanford, California. Neale crossed the finish line in a time of 4 minutes, 24.44 seconds. Last year Neale finished eighth in the 1,500 at the NCAA Championships.
Flenoy, Beard medal at Big Sky meet
Cascade High School graduate Paris Flenoy and Kamiak High School grad Tim Beard both medaled for Eastern Washington University at the Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field Championships held last week in Moscow, Idaho.
Flenoy, a junior, took third in the women’s shot put with a personal-best throw of 47 feet, 73⁄4 inches. Beard, a sophomore, took third in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 190-4.
Cummings, Landis win at GNAC meet
Snohomish County natives Cordell Cummings and Kodiak Landis both won events at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held over the weekend in Monmouth, Oregon.
Cummings, a sophomore at Western Washington University and a graduate of Arlington High School, won the men’s 110 hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.97, which ranked 10th all-time in school history. Cummings also placed second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.88.
Landis, a senior at Central Washington and a graduate of Snohomish High School, won the men’s 400 in a time of 47.55, which tied the meet record. Landis was also part of the Wildcats’ 1,600 relay team, which placed second in a time of 3:15.03.
Landis’ teammate Ali Anderson, a senior who is a graduate of Stanwood High School, earned a medal by placing second in the women’s 400 hurdles in a time of 1:00.22.
Seattle Pacific senior Mary Charleson, a graduate of Jackson High School, ran a national provisional time of 4:27.85 in finishing fourth in the women’s 1,500.
White places second at wrestling nationals
Alivia White, a student at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, placed second in her division at the USA Wrestling Women’s Nationals held over the weekend in Irving, Texas. White took second in the Schoolgirl (middle school) 145-pound division. This came a week after White won her class in both freestyle and Greco-Roman at the Washington State Wrestling Association State Championships in Centralia.
Edmonds CC baseball clinches first place
The Edmonds Community college baseball team claimed first place in the Northwest Athletic Conference’s North Region, thus earning an automatic bid to the NWAC Baseball Championship Tournament on May 24-28 in Longview. The Tritons finished the season 19-5 in the region and 38-7 overall. Edmonds was ranked No. 3 in the latest NWAC coaches poll, dropping from the top spot.
Everett finished second in the region and will host a super regional next weekend. The Trojans (13-11, 29-16) are ranked No. 7 in the coaches poll.
Edmonds, Everett seeded for softball tourney
The Edmonds Community College softball team received the No. 3 seed to the Northwest Athletic Conference Softball Championship Tournament, which begins Friday and runs through Monday in Spokane.
The Tritons, who face No. 14 Highline in the first round, finished the season 29-3 in the North Region and 39-6 overall, winning the region title. Edmonds held steady at No. 2 in the NWAC coaches poll.
Everett finished fourth in the region at 20-12 in the region and 28-16 overall. The Trojans were seeded 10th to the NWAC tournament and face No. 7 Southwest Oregon in the first round.
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