ELLENSBURG — The Panthers girls swim team capped off a dominant district meet with a first-place finish and a bevy of state qualifiers. They won the meet with a score of 585. Richland was second with a 473 and Eastmont finished fourth with a score of 242.
Wenatchee finished the meet with 14 state-qualifying spots — the most since at least 2008 — and could have up to eight more, depending on the allocation of wildcard spots.
It had a number of fast finishes and set school records in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
“We started it off and finished it with new school records in the 200 medley and 400 relay and I think both of those teams are capable of going quite a bit faster at state,” coach James Elwyn said. “So it’s quite an exciting thing to do.”
Hannah Bruggman, Katherine Robinson, Jessica Wierzbicki and Rachel Wilt set the school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of one minute, 52.39 seconds. Bruggman also won the 50 and 100 freestyles. Wierzbicki took the 100 free.
The team of Audrey Parrish, Isabelle Dressel, Rachel Wilt and Tori Peterson won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:41.48, Wierzbicki won the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:10.75.
Diver Ali Brandt was second at the meet, but was named Big Nine Diver of the Year, Wilt was co-swimmer of the year and Elwyn took home coach of the year honors.
The Wildcats were able to lock up another state berth as well.
Kelly Hartman finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of :25.16 to secure a state spot. The 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay both finished third, but could receive state bids via wildcard allocation.
Katie Mock of Cashmere, who swims alongside Eastmont, also qualified for the 100 freestyle at the 1A level.
“They swam really well,” coach Darcy Bruggman said of her team. “We had some best times … It was a good meet for us.”
Erin Mullins lead the girls Cascade cross country squad to a fifth-place finish Saturday at districts at Riverside Park in Spokane. The freshman finished second overall with a time of 19 minutes, 35.59 seconds. Lakeside won the event with 33 points and Riverside was second with 47 points. Cascade had 132 points and Chelan was sixth with 137 points.
Chelan freshman Addison Ivory finished 12th overall with a 21:17.87, Cascade’s Lydia Youkey was 15th with a 21:34.62 and Omak’s Diana Montes finished 20th with a 21:53.70.
The Cashmere boys finished fourth at districts with a score of 105. Quincy was fifth with 140 points and Cascade was sixth with 163 points. Medical Lake won the meet with 42 points.
Quincy junior Spencer Elmore finished third overall with a 17:01.71, Cascade’s Daniel Olmstead finished eighth with a 17:33.60 and Cashmere’s Jonathan Mangas was ninth with a 17:33.78.
Omak’s Samuel Goble finished 12th overall with a 17:40.25, Quincy’s Victor Salgado was 13th overall with a 17:42.05 and Omak’s Morgan O’Dell was 16th overall with a 17:49.35.
Cashmere 3, Tonasket 0
Cashmere finished its season 14-0 with a road win over Tonasket claiming its 12th league title in a row and 15th under coach Dennis Tronson.
Tianna Helm scored in the 10th minute assisted by Tessa McCormick. Lauren Johnson scored unassisted in the 31st minute glancing the ball off the post and goal keepers shin, then again in the 60th minute assisted by McCormick.
“It was one of those games where both teams played well,” Tronson said. “We had three or four good looks in the first half. We just couldn’t put the finishing touches on our goals. They (Tonasket) came up big when they needed to.”
The Bulldogs go into the post season with a first round bye.
“Now we’re focused on getting ready for the tournament. From here on, we know it’s one-and-done,” Tronson said.
Chelan 3, Brewster 0
Chelan’s Abby Phelps had 17 kills and went 13-for-14 serving in the win over Brewster.
Johanna Fuller had 31 assists and went 12-for-13 serving for the Kodiaks, who finished 12-2.
“Fuller did a good job setting,” Chelan coach Donene Hendricks said. “She distributed the ball well and did a good job serving.”
Chelan finished in second place and hosts 1A Bi-districts. They square off against Quincy Tuesday.