Knights set pair of school records in blazing start | Girls swimming

Kamiak uses its depth to beat Timberwolves
By David Pan | Oct 04, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Ava Collinge placed second in the 200 individual medley during a Wesco 4A meet against Jackson Thursday, Sept. 28, at Kamiak High School.

Less than a month into the regular season, the Kamiak girls swim and dive team already is making waves.

The Knights have set school records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 100 butterfly.

The Knights are lucky if one or two school records are set during the entire regular season, Kamiak coach Chris Erickson noted.

“Getting them this early these days definitely is a rarity,” said Erickson, who is entering his 20th season as coach of the Knights.

Song-Nhi Vo, Grace Hatscher, Ava Collinge and Elli Straume are the new holders of the 200 medley relay record and Collinge, a freshman, set the 100 butterfly mark.

The Knights also are the defending 4A state 200 freestyle relay champions. Vo and Straume are the two returning members of the winning relay team.

Kamiak’s depth was on display in the Knights’ 98-78 victory over arch rival Jackson in a Wesco 4A dual meet Thursday, Sept. 28, at Kamiak High School.

Straume finished first in the 100 and 200 freestyles, Collinge won the 100 butterfly and took second in the 200 individual medley and the Knights captured the 200 medley (Janny Yan, Eleanor Whalen, Ally de la Cruz, Phung Vo) and the 200 freestyle relays (Song-Nhi Vo, Collinge, Hatscher, Straume). The Knights’ 400 relay team of de la Cruz, Yan, Colette Bogner and Paige Stinson was second.

Song-Nhi Vo won the 50 freestyle and was followed by Hatscher. Vo also placed second in the 100 backstroke and Hatscher finished third in the 100 breaststroke.

“We had a lot of personal best times, season best times and we had a lot of good races,” Erickson said.

Naomi Bingham was the lone diver in the meet. The Kamiak senior won the district title and finished seventh at the state championships last year. Erickson expects Bingham, who just missed the state cut as a meet two weekends ago, to qualify for state again.

“She’s throwing in more dives, more difficult dives, which is exciting,” he said.

The Knights defeated the Timberwolves despite having two of their relay teams – one in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle – disqualified.

Other top Kamiak finishers included Stinson (third in 200 freestyle), Whalen (third in the 200 individual medley, fourth in 100 butterfly,), Yan (fourth in the 200 individual medley, third in the 100 backstroke), Keaonamari Gordon (fourth in 100 freestyle), Taylor Funk (second in 500 freestyle) and Annika Seaberg (fourth in 500 freestyle, second in the 100 breaststroke).

At last year’s state meet, Straume placed third in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 200. She holds the school record in the 100 freestyle. Vo finished 12th in the 100 butterfly and was 14th in the 50 freestyle. The Knights, who edged Jackson by 1 point for the district title, took sixth overall at the 4A state meet.

Kamiak faces Meadowdale in a non-conference meet at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5 at Kamiak High School. The Knights then host district rival Mariner at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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