Kamiak junior Claire Smith, the defending 4A butterfly state champion, is one of many top local contenders at the state girls swim and dive championships. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Kamiak junior Claire Smith, the defending 4A butterfly state champion, is one of many top local contenders at the state girls swim and dive championships. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State girls swim preview: Top local swimmers, divers, teams

A look at the top local contenders in the high school girls swim and dive state championships.

Here’s a preview of the high school girls swim and dive state championships, including some of the many local swimmers, divers and teams to watch:

When: Thursday-Saturday

Where: King County Aquatic Center (Federal Way)

Thursday’s schedule: 4A diving prelims/finals, 8:30 a.m.; 2A/1A diving prelims/finals, 1 p.m.; 3A diving prelims/finals, 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s schedule: 4A swimming prelims, 8:45 a.m.; 2A/1A swimming prelims, 1:30 p.m.; 3A swimming prelims, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule: 4A swimming finals, 8:30 a.m.; 2A/1A swimming finals, 1:15 p.m.; 3A swimming finals, 6 p.m.

Notes: There was no state meet in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. All seeding mentioned below is in reference to an athlete’s seed within her classification.

TOP LOCAL 4A SWIMMERS TO WATCH

Jackson sophomore Olivia Hoyla is the reigning 4A state runner-up in the 200 individual medley. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson sophomore Olivia Hoyla is the reigning 4A state runner-up in the 200 individual medley. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Claire Smith, jr., Kamiak

Smith, the defending 4A state champion in the 100-yard butterfly, enters state with a pair of top-five seeds. She’s seeded No. 3 in the 100 butterfly at 57.12 seconds, sitting just 0.44 seconds behind top-seeded Kennedy Catholic freshman Hailey Weiler. And she’s seeded No. 5 in the 100 backstroke at 59.57 seconds.

Olivia Hoyla, soph., Jackson

Hoyla, the reigning 4A state runner-up in the 200 individual medley, enters with a pair of top-four seeds. She’s seeded No. 3 in the 200 individual medley at 2:09.90, sitting 3.63 seconds behind top-seeded Kennedy Catholic freshman Hailey Weiler. And she’s seeded No. 4 in the 100 butterfly at 58.01 seconds.

Elissa Anderson, fr., Jackson

Anderson is seeded No. 2 in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.14, sitting 2.41 seconds behind top-seeded Tahoma sophomore Elayne Chen. She’s also seeded No. 7 in the 100 butterfly at 58.47 seconds.

Alena Lehmann, soph., Glacier Peak

Lehmann is seeded No. 6 in a pair of freestyle races, with a time of 1:59.15 in the 200 freestyle and 5:16.94 in the 500 freestyle.

Julia Song, fr., Jackson

Song is seeded No. 6 in the 100 freestyle at 55.37 seconds and No. 12 in the 200 freestyle at 2:01.84.

Isabella Hoopes, sr., Glacier Peak

Hoopes is seeded No. 8 in the 200 individual medley at 2:13.14 and No. 11 in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.21.

Celina Hernandez-Murillo, jr., Jackson

Hernandez-Murillo is seeded No. 8 in the 100 freestyle at 55.89 seconds and No. 11 in the 50 freestyle at 25.08 seconds.

Janey Ryu, soph., Kamiak

Ryu is seeded No. 8 in the 500 freestyle at 5:17.62.

Julia Lorenzo, soph., Kamiak

Lorenzo is seeded No. 8 in the 100 backstroke at 1:00.39.

Aida Park, soph., Kamiak

Park is seeded No. 9 in the 500 freestyle at 5:18.78.

TOP LOCAL 4A DIVERS TO WATCH

Addison Farman, soph., Glacier Peak

Farman is seeded No. 2 in the diving competition at 406.80 points, sitting just 0.8 points behind top-seeded Olympia sophomore Aoi Kondo.

Lauren Wierschke, sr., Jackson

Wierschke is seeded No. 4 in the diving competition at 394.65 points. She’s earned a pair of state diving medals, with a third-place finish last year and an eighth-place finish as a freshman in 2019.

Claire Butler, fr., Glacier Peak

Butler is seeded No. 6 in the diving competition at 369.35 points.

Anna-Lyn Wilson, soph., Jackson

Wilson is seeded No. 10 in the diving competition at 333.15 points.

TOP LOCAL 4A TEAMS TO WATCH

Olivia Hoyla is part of a talented Jackson team that looks poised for a big performance at state. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Olivia Hoyla is part of a talented Jackson team that looks poised for a big performance at state. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson

The perennial powerhouse Timberwolves are coming off their third 4A District 1 team title in the past four postseasons. They qualified all three of their relay teams for state and have five multi-event individual state qualifiers, along with two diving state qualifiers. Their 400 freestyle relay team is seeded No. 2 at 3:40.69, sitting 4.23 seconds behind top-seeded Newport. And their 200 freestyle relay team is seeded No. 5 at 1:40.51. Jackson has earned nine consecutive top-12 state team finishes, including five top-five finishes over that span.

Glacier Peak

The Grizzlies earned a second-place team finish behind Jackson at last week’s 4A District 1 championships. They qualified all three relay teams for state and have nine individual state qualifiers, including five multi-event state qualifiers and three diving state qualifiers. Their 200 medley relay team is seeded No. 9 at 1:53.93.

Kamiak

The perennial powerhouse Knights have five individual state qualifiers, including multi-event state qualifier and defending butterfly state champion Claire Smith. They also qualified a pair of relay teams for state. Their 400 freestyle relay team is seeded No. 7 at 3:44.92. Kamiak, which placed third in the team standings at last week’s 4A District 1 championships, has earned six consecutive top-eight state team finishes.

TOP LOCAL 3A SWIMMERS TO WATCH

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke is the defending 3A state champion in the 50 freestyle and the reigning state runner-up in the 100 freestyle. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke is the defending 3A state champion in the 50 freestyle and the reigning state runner-up in the 100 freestyle. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Mary Clarke, jr., Snohomish

Clarke captured the 3A state title in the 50 freestyle last year and placed second in the 100 freestyle, finishing just 0.04 seconds behind the state champion. This year, she enters with a top-three seed in both events. She’s seeded No. 2 in the 100 freestyle at 52.24 seconds, sitting 0.88 seconds behind top-seeded Mercer Island freshman Gracyn Kehoe. And she’s seeded No. 3 in the 50 freestyle at 23.83 seconds, sitting 0.70 seconds behind top-seeded Mercer Island freshman Clare Watson.

Grace Lindberg, sr., Shorewood

Lindberg is seeded No. 3 in both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Her 200 freestyle time of 1:52.89 is 2.05 seconds behind the top seed, while her 100 butterfly time of 56.39 seconds is 2.99 seconds behind the top seed. As a freshman at the 3A state meet in 2019, she placed second in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 100 butterfly.

Aila Howson, soph., Shorecrest

Howson is seeded No. 5 in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.90 and No. 10 in the 200 individual medley at 2:12.72.

Quinn Whorley, soph., Shorecrest

Whorley is seeded No. 6 in the 500 freestyle at 5:14.31. She also qualified for state in the 100 butterfly.

Summer Dean, sr., Everett

Dean is seeded No. 9 in the 500 freestyle at 5:18.16. She also qualified for state in the 200 freestyle. She’s a three-time state qualifier in both events.

Simone Bennett, soph., Edmonds-Woodway

Bennett is seeded No. 10 in the 100 backstroke at 59.30 seconds. She also qualified for state in the 100 butterfly.

TOP LOCAL 3A DIVERS TO WATCH

Saige Anderson, sr., Cascade

Anderson is seeded No. 4 in the diving competition at 376.15 points. She earned a sixth-place state medal in diving last year.

TOP LOCAL 3A TEAMS TO WATCH

Aila Howson is part of a strong Shorecrest team that’s coming off a district title. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Aila Howson is part of a strong Shorecrest team that’s coming off a district title. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Shorecrest

The Scots are coming off their third 3A District 1 team title in the past five postseasons. They qualified all three of their relay teams for state and have five multi-event individual state qualifiers. Their 200 medley relay team is seeded No. 7 at 1:50.48 and their 200 freestyle relay team is seeded No. 8 at 1:42.55.

Snohomish

The Panthers’ 400 freestyle relay team is seeded No. 7 at 3:42.04 and their 200 medley relay team is seeded No. 10 at 1:52.77. And they have a pair of multi-event individual state qualifiers, including multi-event state title contender and defending 50 freestyle state champion Mary Clarke. Snohomish earned a third-place team finish at last week’s 3A District 1 championships.

Shorewood

The Stormrays qualified all three relay teams for state and have a pair of individual state qualifiers, including multi-event top-three seed Grace Lindberg. Shorewood earned a second-place team finish at last week’s 3A District 1 championships.

TOP LOCAL 2A/1A SWIMMERS TO WATCH

Parker Forsyth, sr., South Whidbey

Forsyth, who swam with Kamiak during the regular season as part of a co-op program, is seeded No. 5 in the 100 breaststroke at 1:12.41 and No. 10 in the 200 individual medley at 2:20.95.

TOP LOCAL 2A/1A DIVERS TO WATCH

Sami Mandeville, soph., Archbishop Murphy

Mandeville is seeded No. 3 in the diving competition at 329.00 points, sitting 31.6 points behind top-seeded Enumclaw senior Naomi Prince. She earned a fifth-place state medal in diving as a freshman last year.

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