Knights poised to make a run at state relay title

Kamiak should challenge for 200 freestyle relay title after placing second last year
By David Pan | Sep 22, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak returns three swimmers and a diver, who advanced to last year’s 4A state championships. The four are swimmers Song-Nhi Vo, Angeline Dovinh, Stina Seaberg and diver Naomi Bingham.

Senior Angeline Dovinh and the Kamiak girls swim and dive team are looking to build off of last year’s successful state championships.

Dovinh advanced to two finals and came home with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and a fifth place showing in the 100 freestyle.

“Last year was such a great season for me,” Dovinh said. “I really just want to do well this year.”

A top 3 finish in the 200 freestyle is at the top of Dovinh’s  wish list. Another goal is to improve on the Knights’ second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.

Dovinh, along with teammates Song-Nhi Vo, Stina Seaberg and Rosanna Holod finished 2/100 of a second behind Newport and also set a school record. Holod graduated, but two talented freshmen  Elli Straume and Grace Hatscher likely will be battling for the fourth spot in the relay, according to Kamiak coach Chris Erickson.

“We have the potential to beat our school record we set last year (in the state finals),” Erickson said. “What the other teams do, we can’t control. We’ll be in there. That’s what we know.”

Said Dovinh, “I’m really hoping that we can bring it back with the new freshmen and get first this year.”

At last year’s state meet, Vo finished 10th overall in the 50 freestyle, while Seaberg competed in the 500 freestyle. Diver Naomi Bingham finished 16th. Erickson also expects Stratume and Hatscher to be in the postseason mix, as well.

The two freshmen helped the 200 medley relay team earn a state cut in Kamiak’s first meet of the season last week.

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