Snohomish’s Kendall Bensen competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the Class 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on Nov. 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish’s Kendall Bensen competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the Class 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on Nov. 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Local girls swimmers, divers earn All-Wesco marks

The league held a virtual meet to honor athletes from its Class 4A, 3A North and 3A South divisions.

It was a season far different than usual, but that didn’t stop local high school swimmers and divers from making waves in their shortened schedule.

Wesco held virtual all-league meets to close out the girls swim and dive season, allowing local standouts to earn all-conference honors in their final competition of the campaign.

Here’s a look at the top performers from each division of the league:

Wesco 4A

Lake Stevens junior Madelynn Butler and Kamiak freshman Claire Smith each won a pair of individual events on their way to first-team All-Wesco 4A honors.

Butler claimed first place in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, posting times of 53.22 seconds and 57.28 seconds, respectively. She was joined by junior Autumn Marlatt as one of two Vikings to win individual events at the meet. Marlatt swam a winning time of 5:47.26 in the 500 freestyle. Butler, Marlatt and teammates Savannah Foley and Emma Olsen teamed up to give Lake Stevens a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

Smith, one of three Knights to win individual events, earned the top spot in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. The Kamiak freshman finished the 200 individual medley in 2:16.03 and won the 100 backstroke by nearly four seconds with a time of 1:01.04. Kamiak sophomore Sophia Ryu raced to a first-place time of 1:09.09 in the 100 breaststroke, and senior Connie Chen’s 11-dive score of 342.2 was the best amongst all three swim and dive divisions in Wesco.

Glacier Peak swimmers won a pair of individual and relay events. Junior Lily Lao’s 25.9-second time in the 50 freestyle topped the Wesco 4A leaderboard and sophomore Alexa Sullivan finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:03.59. The Grizzlies’ 200 medley relay team (Macy Fidler, Bella Hoopes, Ellie Lao and Alanna Keegan) and 200 freestyle relay team (Keegan, Ellie Lao, Lily Lao and Fidler) each won their races.

Wesco 3A North

Snohomish and Monroe delivered stellar performances in the Wesco 3A North portion of the meet, combining to earn first-place finishes in 10 of 12 events.

The Panthers were led by a pair of swimmers who claimed the top spot in multiple competitions as the team won six of 12 events. Snohomish junior Anna Kowalchyk swam her way to first-place finishes in the 200 freestyle (2:02.34) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.88), and freshman Mary Clarke sprinted her way to victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle, posting times of 23.63 and 52.95 seconds, respectively. Freshman Grace Andrews won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:24.63 to give Snohomish a fifth victory in individual races. The trio, alongside junior Kendall Bensen, also delivered a victory for the Panthers in the 200 medley relay.

The Bearcats posted four victories — two in individual competitions and two in relay races. Monroe sophomore Mia Grove won the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.56 seconds, and freshman Kayme Hartway topped the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:28.54. Paige Donner, Nicole Reynolds, Hartway and Grove led the Bearcats to wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Stanwood senior Anna Veazey won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.11, and Marysville Pilchuck diver Devon Keator’s 11-dive score of 272.85 led all Wesco 3A North competitors.

Wesco 3A South

Shorecrest earned top finishes in six of 12 events in the Wesco 3A South portion of the meet.

Sophomore Elle Howson led the Scots with victories in two individual events, claiming first in the 200 individual medley (2:25.25) and 100 breaststroke (1:14.07). Shorecrest senior Abigal Crum won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.63, and Ada Reece delivered an 11-dive score of 273.2 to give the Scots a fourth victory in individual events. Shorecrest also picked up victories in the 200 freestyle (Lexi Edwards, Crum, Owan Fralick and Miranda Thompson) and 200 medley (Fralick, Howson, Thompson, Edwards) relays.

Mountlake Terrace senior Tiffany Vuong earned wins in the 50 freestyle (25.62 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:05.2) to help lead the Hawks to four top finishes at the meet. Mountlake Terrace sophomore Kaylyn Takeya added a win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:57.56, and Vuong, Dana Khasanov, Angelina Ho and Bre Enriquez combined to deliver the Hawks a 400 freestyle relay victory.

Cascade senior Aislinn Kessinger posted winning times in the 200 freestyle (1:58.71) and 100 freestyle (54.23 seconds).

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