Everett girls swimming making incremental gains

Bailey Ryan can see evidence of the Everett girls swimming and diving team’s improvement in its meet scores.

“We’re still struggling to beat some of the bigger teams, but (the meets against those teams are) not the blowouts they used to be. They’re closer,” said Ryan, Everett’s coach. “All of the girls are putting more effort into the product. We’re getting better because we’re using our practice time more wisely. The girls believe if they work hard and perfect the basics, they will get better.”

Seagulls diver Hailey Faith has qualified for the 3A state meet for the third straight year.

Ryan also has high hopes for the postseason chances of freshman Avery Harber in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke events.

“The state meet didn’t go well for Hailey last year, and that motivated her (for this season),” Ryan said. “She went to workshops and clinics in the offseason, and it’s really paid off. She’s improved so much. Avery is our one club swimmer, and she’s brought a new perspective and fire to the team. She’s willing to do anything I ask her to do.”

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