Knights edge Wolfpack to claim third straight league title | Swimming

Straume captures 200, 500 freestyles to lead Kamiak to win
Oct 24, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Ava Collinge swims the butterfly stroke in the 200 individual medley during a Wesco 4A dual meet against Jackson Thursday, Oct. 18, at Kamiak High School. Collinge won the race.

Kamiak clinched its third straight Wesco South girls swimming and diving championship with a victory over archrival Jackson.

Junior Elli Straume won the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles and swam on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays to lead the Knights to a 100-86 victory over the Timberwolves Thursday, Oct. 18, at Kamiak High School.

Straume, who already had state qualifying in both events, clocked in with two more state cuts (1:55.59 in the 200 freestyle and 5:05.19 in the 500 freestyle).

The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Song-Nhi Vo, sophomore Ava Collinge, junior Annika Seaberg and Straume finished with a season’s best time of 1:42.82, a state cut. Collinge won the 200 individual medley in 2:11.59 and took second in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.80, both state times.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Kamiak coach Chris Erickson said. “Elli and Ava are seeded the highest.”

Vo finished first in the 50 freestyle with a state time of 25.24 and took second in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.47.

The 200 medley relay of Straume, freshman Sophia Ryu, Collinge and Vo won in a state time of 1:51.26.

The Knights’ 400 freestyle relay team of Ryu, junior Phung Vo, sophomore Paige Stinson and junior Grace Hatscher placed second in 4:02.04.

Kamiak sophomore Connie Chen and freshman Makenna Reed took first and second in diving. Ryu placed second in the 100 breaststroke. Phung Vo took third in the 100 freestyle and senior Janny Yan was third in the 100 backstroke.

The Knights already had qualified four individuals for the 4A state championships. Straume (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Collinge (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly), Song-Nhi Vo (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Ryu (100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley) are headed to state. All three of the Knights’ relays also are headed to the 4A championships.

Erickson is hoping that sophomore Eleanor Whalen will earn a spot in the 500 at the district meet, which is scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 3, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Whalen took second in the 200 freestyle.

Erickson expects another tight battle with Jackson at the district meet.

“It’s going to be a depth issue,” he said. “I think on paper we’ll be off to another good start and Jackson will come back roaring at the end.”

The state championships are Nov. 9-10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

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