Girls swimming

Kamiak’s Claire Smith prepares to start the 100 yard backstroke final during the WIAA 4A Girls State Swim & Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

4A state swim and dive: Wesco divers shine; Jackson, Kamiak place top-8

Wesco accounts for 4 of the 8 diving state medalists, while Jackson and Kamiak each earn top-8 team finishes.

 

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke swims in the 100 yard freestyle final during the WIAA 3A Girls State Swim and Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3A state swim and dive: Snohomish standout claims 2 more top-2 medals

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke places 2nd in both freestyle sprints, including another oh-so-close finish in the 100 freestyle.

 

The South Whidbey swim relay team practice their relay handoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

South Whidbey swimmers overcome long days to reach state meet

The quartet endures almost daily ferry rides after school, and sometimes before, to compete with Kamiak in a co-op program.

 

Kamiak’s Claire Smith competes in the 100 yard butterfly Thursday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on October 6, 2022.  (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.

Kamiak’s Claire Smith competes in the 100 yard butterfly Thursday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on October 6, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak’s Alena Lehmann tries to hold off the competition in the 500 yard freestyle during the Class 4A District 1 swim meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson races to 4A district girls swim and dive title

The Timberwolves win six of 12 events to claim their third 4A district title in their past four tries.

Glacier Peak’s Alena Lehmann tries to hold off the competition in the 500 yard freestyle during the Class 4A District 1 swim meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Shorecrest’s Miranda Thompson swims neck and neck with her opponents in the 100 yard backstroke during the Class 4A District swim meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Shorecrest captures 3A district girls swim and dive title

The Scots win 5 of 12 events and claim their 3rd district team championship in the past 5 postseasons.

Shorecrest’s Miranda Thompson swims neck and neck with her opponents in the 100 yard backstroke during the Class 4A District swim meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Grace Andrews swims in the 200 Yard IM during the meet against Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Grace Andrews swims in the 200 Yard IM during the meet against Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jackson rallies before the start of meet against Kamiak Thursday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on October 6, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson races past Kamiak in battle of girls swim powers

The Timberwolves win 106-77 in a matchup of two teams that have combined to win at least a share of every Wesco 4A conference title since 2015.

Jackson rallies before the start of meet against Kamiak Thursday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on October 6, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jackson's Olivia Hoya swims in the 200 Yard Medley Relay during the 4A Girls State Swim & Dive Championship on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Federal Way, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Prep girls swim and dive: Athletes and teams to watch

A look at the area’s top high school girls swimmers, divers and teams this fall.

Jackson's Olivia Hoya swims in the 200 Yard Medley Relay during the 4A Girls State Swim & Dive Championship on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Federal Way, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mary Clarke swims in the 100 Yard Freestyle during the 3A Girls State Swim & Dive Championship on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Federal Way, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mary Clarke swims in the 100 Yard Freestyle during the 3A Girls State Swim & Dive Championship on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Federal Way, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish's Mary Clark competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle during the swim meet against Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

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

A look at the top local contenders in this weekend’s girls swim and dive state championships.

Snohomish's Mary Clark competes in the 50 Yard Freestyle during the swim meet against Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe's Mia Grove hugs Snohomish's Mary Clarke for breaking the meet record in the 100 yard freestyle during the 3A District Championships Saturday afternoon the at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Clarke stars, leads Snohomish to 3A district swim team title

The Panthers sophomore sets Class 3A District 1 meet records in the 100-yard and the 50 freestyle.

Monroe's Mia Grove hugs Snohomish's Mary Clarke for breaking the meet record in the 100 yard freestyle during the 3A District Championships Saturday afternoon the at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak's Lily Lao, left, and Alexa Sullivan celebrate a one two finish in the 200 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon during the 4A Girls District Championships at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Glacier Peak races to 4A District 1 girls swimming team title

The Grizzlies finish 101 points ahead of Jackson to capture their first district title since moving to 4A.

Glacier Peak's Lily Lao, left, and Alexa Sullivan celebrate a one two finish in the 200 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon during the 4A Girls District Championships at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak and Snohomish swimmers cheer on their teammates on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

GP beats Snohomish in first swimming meet between the programs

The closely knit teams, who for years practiced together, compete against each other for the first time.

Glacier Peak and Snohomish swimmers cheer on their teammates on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The start of the 400 yard freestyle relay Tuesday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo on September 21, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The start of the 400 yard freestyle relay Tuesday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo on September 21, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Monroe's Trey Lane runs the ball during the game against Lake Stevens on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe's Trey Lane runs the ball during the game against Lake Stevens on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish's Kendall Bensen competes in the 100 yard back stroke finishing sixth Saturday evening during the 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on November 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.

Snohomish's Kendall Bensen competes in the 100 yard back stroke finishing sixth Saturday evening during the 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on November 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish's Kayli Kersavage competes in the 1 meter diving Saturday evening during the 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on November 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Top prep swimmers, divers in Wesco this season

Results are from the Wesco ladder time trials.

Snohomish's Kayli Kersavage competes in the 1 meter diving Saturday evening during the 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on November 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Shorecrest’s Mia Sanchez, top, and Elle Howson take off from the blocks as the girls swim team practices at a four-lane outdoor pool at Sheridan Beach Community Club on Tuesday in Lake Forest Park . The Shoreline Pool closed down when COVID hit and left the Shoreline School District without an indoor facility to practice at. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Area girls swimmers and divers persevere through obstacles

The student-athletes have stayed positive despite numerous changes brought on by the pandemic.

Shorecrest’s Mia Sanchez, top, and Elle Howson take off from the blocks as the girls swim team practices at a four-lane outdoor pool at Sheridan Beach Community Club on Tuesday in Lake Forest Park . The Shoreline Pool closed down when COVID hit and left the Shoreline School District without an indoor facility to practice at. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
WIAA gives option to delay start of sports until December

WIAA gives option to delay start of sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

WIAA gives option to delay start of sports until December