Lake Stevens girls swimming and diving coach Sarah Summers knows seniors Gabby Marlatt, Jadelyn Lippmann and Rylee Johanson will occupy three of the four spots on the Vikings’ relay teams this fall. There’s a good chance the fourth spot will end up being filled by a freshman.
“Our No. 1 goal is to get to state in the relays again. That’s usually our focus, and a big goal for (the three seniors),” Summers said. “We’ve got four or five strong freshmen who are vying to step up and replace the state qualifiers that we (lost to graduation). We should have a solid season again. The kids have great work ethic, set goals for themselves and make my job easy.”
Marlatt placed sixth in the 100 freestyle at last year’s 4A state championships, and Lippman qualified for state in the 100 breastroke. Marlatt and Johanson were part of the Vikings’ 200 free relay team that took seventh at state. Marlatt, Johanson and Lippman were on Lake Stevens’ 400 free relay team that took eighth place at state, and Lippman contributed to the Vikings’ 200 medley relay squad that qualified for state.
“Gabby doesn’t rely on just her talent. I’ve never seen anybody who works harder than her,” Summers said. “Rylee isn’t a year-round swimmer, but when she gets in the pool she’s very (dedicated). Jadelyn is a positive young lady and a great leader.”